MSNBC Morning Joe: Mark Penn discusses his recent Politico column, “Don’t let midterms take us back”

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On Morning Joe today, Democratic strategist Mark Penn discussed his recent Politico column “Don’t let midterms take us back.” He said that the question of the midterms isn’t whether we should change the whole direction of the country, but whether we should keep moving forward, and continue to give Obama and the administration a chance to change things.

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Politico: Don’t let midterms take us back, says Mark Penn

Politico

By MARK PENN
July 6, 2010

The country is likely to go into the midterms divided and dissatisfied — conditions unlikely to produce good news for the Obama administration.

But just how bad the news could be remains uncertain. Successfully reducing and deflecting the damage could make a huge difference in the political landscape — and the administration’s future.

Many key variables are set: Unemployment is stuck at more than 9 percent, most Americans have a negative view of the health care bill, the deficit continues to skyrocket and the war in Afghanistan is not going well. Independent movements, like the tea parties, are spreading like wildfire, and the president’s approval ratings can’t seem to break 50 percent.

All in all, it could take a political Houdini to get out of this mess.

The administration’s plan, so far, seems to be to blame Wall Street for the economic mess, the health insurance industry for rising health care costs and BP for the oil spill and its protracted damage. President Barack Obama has blamed Republicans for the gridlock and a divided country.

But it is going to take a lot more than the blame game to cut electoral losses to acceptable levels. Democrats could lose 25 seats in the House and four Senate seats and still call it a midterm victory. But the fear is real that unless there are strategy changes, Democrats could lose a lot more.

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Politico: Transition to new administration tricky

Politico

By MARK PENN
Published November 4, 2008

The presidential campaign, in the end, had no October surprises beyond the worsening economic crisis. No game-changing ads. No candidate slip-ups of any magnitude. And so this election looks pretty straightforward — moderate voters have switched to the Democratic column, and change is the order of the day.

Presuming Barack Obama is elected, we will face a transition period unlike any since Herbert Hoover turned over the reins of the federal government to Franklin D. Roosevelt in March 1933. The country has been waiting for the end of the Bush administration for years, and the temptation will be to get the new government going without delay.

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