Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Memos

Aug 11, 2008 7:12pm

The Atlantic has provided a link to Josh Green’s fantastic story as well as to original copies of even more interesting/prescient/bizarre memos by the campaign team.

Some must-reads: In October 2006, one month before Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, was re-elected to the Senate (and when she was supposedly not contemplating a presidential run), Mark Penn prepares a memo prepares a memo called "The Plan," where he declares that "HRC is the power candidate" and assesses potential rivals:

"Kerry significantly damaged. Even though he has money in the bank, many will ask him not to run. Gore waiting to swoop in later, when we hope it will look like too late."

In December 2006, Penn writes that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should be Clinton’s role model. Voters view their president as the "father" of the country, he wrote, "they do not want someone who would be the first mama. ..A word about being human. Bill Gates once asked me, ‘Could you make me more human?’ I said, ‘Being human is overrated.’"

Here’s the March 2007 Penn memo that says of Obama: "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." Classy.

Thar’s gold in them thar memos. Including a letter from the managing editor of the Washington Post in February 2008 complaining that a member of the Clinton communications team was falsely telling other reporters that a Postie had been fired by the New York Times.

- jpt

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