Lest we forget, Mark Penn is a fucking idiot par excellence.   How he survives to write excreable paens to centrism is beyond me.

On Thursday, failed campaign strategist Mark Penn and money-laundering Trump supporter Andrew Stein declared in a New York Times op-ed that the Democratic Party must “move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left.” Penn and Stein’s ornery manifesto urges Democrats to imprison more opioid addicts, champion “tough anti-crime measures,” end sanctuary cities, and crack down on undocumented immigrants.

The whole op-ed is really just an endorsement of centrist white nationalism filled with catastrophically asinine proposals that, if adopted, would enrage most Democratic voters. (Why, after all, should the diverse and progressive Democratic base cater to the prejudices of white ethno-nationalists who are already fleeing the party?) Yet the silliest line in the whole affair involves not race but gender: Penn and Stein exhort Democrats to abandon “transgender bathroom issues” for their own good.

Dems are lost.

See prior:  

Mark Penn is a Lazy, Incompetent Hack

I Say No Thank You To The Alternative Universe Where Clinton Is President

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  1. Lev says:

    The way you know you’re getting bottom of the barrel hackery is if any argument about Democrats’ losses in 2016 talks about transgender bathrooms. Need I remind people that the Republican who signed the law restricting them lost re-election? (In North Carolina!) Aside from Ted Cruz’s candidacy’s desperate death throes (i.e. the Carly Fiorina VP era), they barely even came up in 2016. And yet in the immediate aftermath, it was as if the public was voting on just one issue, according to the hack pundits who made a big to-do about Hillary’s email server and ignored the many racist undertones to Trump’s support.

    Then again, at least the Times has stopped bothering to pretend that op-ed columns are all about Raising Valuable Points Of View, instead of just giving their friends attention and money. They can afford the worst campaign manager of all time to write an op-ed, but they can’t afford to keep more than half of their copy editing desk! That’s an institution that knows what it’s doing and that I definitely am going to give money to.

    Interesting that it’s Penn and Stein doing this. I guess nobody buys that Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen are even nominal Democrats anymore. But the whole thing feels like the angry ramblings of the last two scientists who couldn’t accept that quantum mechanics is how the universe works. Just tragically irrelevant and bound to be ignored. Looking forward to them stepping aboard Andrew Cuomo’s campaign!

    The Post’s take on this is also good.

  2. lumpkin says:

    How fortunate we are to have the NYT regurgitate useless, incorrect conventional wisdom for us.

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