Penn purged

Mark Penn has stepped aside as chief strategist in the wake of revelations that he lobbied on behalf of a trade treaty with Colombia that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton opposes.

Except he’ll still be giving advice. So how gone is he really?

Given his extraordinary incompetence in running her campaign coupled with an apparent massive ability to turn supporters into opponents, they should have dumped him long ago. To do so in the middle of a campaign shows them, one more time, to be flailing and falling apart.

And of course they knew about the trade treaty. How could they have not known?

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