Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Reasoned Attack on Obama's Character

Looks like Hillary Clinton did not pull the trigger on an attack strategy aganist Obama. Mark Penn seemed to have the right instinct to attack Obama's character.

The Republicans or some 527 group won't hesitate.

From the AP

""I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values," Mark Penn wrote in a March 2007 memo to Clinton.

Obama's background — he grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii — was a "lack of American roots," Penn wrote. Also a weakness, he added, was the divisive rhetoric of Obama's controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who cursed America during a sermon.

"Won't a single tape of Wright going off on America with Obama sitting there be a game-ender?" Penn wrote in a March 30 memo.

Penn's memos also contained prescient advice. The memo from March 2007 talked about the importance of a key voting bloc he called "the invisible Americans" — women and lower- and middle-class voters.

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