Mark Penn revealed

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

They are who we thought they were.
--Denny Green

So as to build the anticipation for Joshua Green's piece on the Clinton campaign, here are a few nuggets:

The Penn memo suggesting that the campaign target Obama's "lack of American roots" said in part: "All of these articles about his boyhood in Indonesia and his life in Hawaii are geared towards showing his background is diverse, multicultural and putting that in a new light.

"Save it for 2050. ... Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America American to the middle class in the middle of the last century. And talk about the basic bargain as about the deeply American values you grew up with, learned as a child and that drive you today. Values of fairness, compassion, responsibility, giving back

"Let's explicitly own 'American' in our programs, the speeches and the values. He doesn't. Make this a new American Century, the American Strategic Energy Fund. Let's use our logo to make some flags we can give out. Let's add flag symbols to the backgrounds."

I'm not particularly outraged by this. Let Mark be Mark. The fact is, if anything, it looks like Clinton ultimately held back, no? I was pretty pissed about that hard-working white voters remark, but for some reason, I've come to think of it as a slip. Let me expound on that. Not a slip, like Clinton didn't mean it. But a slip like, it's exactly what she meant. It just wasn't supposed to be a dog-whistle. It was the un-pc truth. At least from her twisted perspective.

Also let me make a preemptive strike against any snark about me getting news about the magazine I write for from Politico...

Ok, so I don't actually have a clever line that qualifies. Oh well. Snark away.

UPDATE: Seeing as how I stole TPM's headline, I guess could at least give them a hat-tip.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2008/08/mark-penn-revealed/5622/