Alex Massie

Oddly, “significant” America overlaps exactly with states Hillary wins...

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The Clinton campaign appears to be staffed by morons. To wit:

Mark Penn: "Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois?” Chief Strategist Mark Penn said. “That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama.”

Oh dear. This is so obviously absurd that it scarcely requires refutation. Still, it's tiresome that so many people seem to think performance in a Democratic-primary is any indicator for likely performance in a November general election. Let me make a bold prediction however: if Barack Obama is the nominee he will win "significant" states such as New York and California.

Meanwhile, the entertainment continues:

But the campaign has something of a shellshocked feel, as staffers privately chew over a blowup last week where internal frictions flared into the open. Clinton campaign operatives say it happened as top Clinton advisers gathered in Arlington, Va., campaign headquarters to preview a TV commercial. "Your ad doesn't work," strategist Mark Penn yelled at ad-maker Mandy Grunwald. "The execution is all wrong," he said, according to the operatives.

"Oh, it's always the ad, never the message," Ms. Grunwald fired back, say the operatives. The clash got so heated that political director Guy Cecil left the room, saying, "I'm out of here."

Perhaps it's also the candidate?

[Hat-tips: Chris Orr and Mike Crowley]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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