The Big Lie: Mark Penn on How to “Fix” the unDemocratic Party

by Scott Creighton

Adolf Hitler: “The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”

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Back in November of 2010, former Clinton administration advisor and former Hillary campaign advisor Mark Penn said what then president Barack Obama needed was a “right moment” like Bill Clinton had in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing to bring the people back to him and help his sagging poll numbers. Six months later, Barack and Hillary sat around in a clearly staged meeting watching a live feed of Seal Team 6 pretend to capture and execute Osama bin Laden.

Here are a few more of Mark Penn’s career highlights:

Mark Penn is more than just a repeat loser when it comes to elections: he’s a heartless, opportunistic neoliberal fake-Dem who’s sole purpose is to help other fake-Dems “move” the unDemocratic Party further and further to the full on fascist Right which they call “centrist”

As if you couldn’t see this coming and as Lee Fang pointed out the other day in an article posted at the Intercept, Mark… wait for it… WAIT for it…. “invests in Republican advocacy firms — and profits from the electoral defeat of Democrats.”

“In March, Penn’s investment firm Stagwell Media LLC announced that it had acquired a minority stake in Targeted Victory, a major Republican digital consulting company. Targeted Victory, founded by personnel from Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, was provided consulting services for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. More recently, following Penn’s investment in the firm, Targeted Victory assisted Republican Karen Handel in her successful campaign against Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia special election last month.” Lee Fang

Not surprisingly, Mark Penn has gotten together with one Andrew Stein to scribble a little Op-Ed for the New York Times on how the unDemocratic Party needs to fix itself… by moving further to the “center” and go full-on neoliberal fascist as a response to their flailing popularity ratings.

“The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.” Mark Penn, Andrew Stein New York Times 7/06/217

You know (who or what) Mark Penn is. How about Andrew Stein? He’s a Democrat as well right? Democrat in name maybe… like Penn… and Clinton… and Obama… and Pelosi… and Schumer… you get the picture. Stein was married to Lynn Forester de Rothschild for 10 years from 1983–1993. Yep. He was a Rothschild by marriage. In 2011, Stein was convicted of tax evasion in a money laundering scheme. And he dated Ann Coulter.

According to Penn and Stein, what the unDemocratic Party needs is to go back to it’s sell-out neoliberal roots, the ones woven in the tapestry of American politics back in the good old days of Bill Clinton in the 90s when he was “compromising” with the reactionary Right and selling out progressive institutions like he was getting paid for it. Oh wait, he was getting paid for it.

“After years of leftward drift by the Democrats culminated in Republican control of the House under Speaker Newt Gingrich, President Bill Clinton moved the party back to the center in 1995 by supporting a balanced budget, welfare reform, a crime bill that called for providing 100,000 new police officers and a step-by-step approach to broadening health care. Mr. Clinton won a resounding re-election victory in 1996 and Democrats were back.” Mark Penn, Andrew Stein New York Times 7/06/217

Welfare reform gutted that social safety net program and forced tens of thousands of single mothers to work for free for Big Business. The crime bill Mark and Andy seem to like so much increased the populations of prisons across the country and opened them up to privatization… again, so Big Business could make a profit off sticking poor people in prison for as long as possible. And the “healthcare” program he was “broadening”… well, we all see how that morphed into Obama’s version of RomneyCare complete with the unconstitutional mandate and huge profit margins for… you guessed it… Big Business.

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