Penn's "Path to Victory," March 30, 2008: After death-defying wins in Texas and Ohio, Mark Penn circulated his "Path to Victory," which included portraying Obama as "a doomsday scenario." He chided his adversaries for their timidity about attacking Obama's pastor, Reverand Jeremiah Wright, Jr. "Many people," Penn wrote, "believe under the surface that 20 years sitting there with Goddamn America would make him unelectable by itself."
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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.