It was announced a short bit ago that Mark Penn is stepping down (well, has been fired) as chief strategist of the Clinton campaign. My colleague and friend Mark Schmitt was the first to really nail the problem that Penn had in serving union-busting clients and foreign governments on trade deals while co-heading a presidential campaign that was sending love notes to unions and promising to rip up trade treaties.
On another front, I speculated a while back that General David Petraeus may be a Wes Clark in the making for the Republicans — particularly for the 2012 presidential race.
The possibility of seeing a new General turn President emerge was focused on in the New York Times over the weekend with a nice nod in an article, “Generally Speaking” by Steven Lee Myers to the original piece I wrote. And I stand by it. I do think that much of the country is looking for a new Eisenhower.
— Steve Clemons