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We Should All Take Political Advice From Mark Penn. /s.

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I sense a disturbance in the Media’s Force, and according to Jehdi Mind Trick Master Mark Penn, Speaker Pelosi should send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate ASAP.

Lord, where to begin to unpack all this BS?

First up, it’s a poll only released to The Hill.

A majority of respondents said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.

The Hill has a little bit of a credibility problem on this whole Trump impeachment thing.  There is the problem that one of The Hill’s “reporters” spread the conspiracy theories of the Ukraine being behind the hacking of the DNC during the 2016 Election.  This would be the odious John Solomon, who worked hand in glove with Rudy Giuliani on his smear campaign against the Bidens.

Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill newspaper, tweeted out a statement on Tuesday mere moments after the House Intelligence Committee revealed that former Hill columnist John Solomon had been in contact with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Giuliani associate Lev Parnas this past spring.

The Hill is conducting a meticulous review of opinion columns written by John Solomon on the subject of Ukraine that will be handled by a team of editors and reporters,” Cusack wrote. “All results of the review will be transparent and public.”

Oh, the Daily Beast article mentions that the owner of The Hill is a Donald Trump friend by the name of Jimmy Finkelstein.

Then, there is the poll itself and how it was conducted.

The poll showed 58 percent of respondents believe Pelosi should send the articles, while 42 percent said Pelosi should hold up the articles in the House….

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey was conducted online within the U.S. among a representative sample of 2,010 registered voters between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 by the Harris Poll.

An online poll.  Great.  Clearly representative of the country.  And while I can’t find the actual rating of the CAPS/Harris Poll, Harris gets a C+ rating from 538.

But the guy conducting this poll is none other than Mark Penn.  

For those with short term memory loss, Penn is a political pollster and consultant for the Clinton’s.  And he is notorious for giving Hillary Clinton the extremely bad advice that the 2008 Election would NOT be a change election.  

Mr Penn, you blew it, didn't you? Were you so interested in microtrends that you completely missed the huge desire for change? “Well, no,” he says, taken aback. “I think that, you know, I think … the book is really a non-political book.”

Yes, but we're not talking about the book. We're talking about the view in Washington that he threw it all away. The accusations of arrogance and complacency. He was the one who told Hillary to play tough, model herself on Margaret Thatcher and refuse to apologise for supporting the war in Iraq. When others urged her to show a little more humanity, Penn reportedly said: “Being human is over-rated.

This is a man whose friend once described him as having “the IQ of Bill Gates and the emotional intelligence of an eggplant”. Now Penn says, in his surprisingly high-pitched voice: “Hillary ran on a theme of ready for change, ready to lead. Change was always a central and important part of her message.” That's strange. I could have sworn it was more like, “Don't trust the new guy, vote for someone with experience”. 

Don’t apologize for supporting the Iraq War.  Yeah, it was a brilliant piece of advice.  

Did you also know that Penn was against the Mueller probe and has been accused of giving impeachment advice to Donald Trump?

Because he was against Ken Starr, Penn’s logic is that he has a unique perspective on why Robert Mueller is harming the country, too. And as a Democrat bashing the Mueller investigation and making arguments that are useful to President Donald Trump, Penn has found a prominent new perch in the Washington ecosystem. Our interview was the first time he’s explained his Trumpian turn, which has earned him fresh enmity on the left.

Penn has now become a regular face on Fox News — CNN and MSNBC won’t book him — and a contributor to The Hill’s right-leaning editorial pages. There, he has repeatedly bashed the Mueller investigation as a “partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again” — followed up by more TV hits on Fox.

And despite the photos that decorate his office walls, he has willingly torched the Clintons, saying the Justice Department “broke their own rules” by ending an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and noting that “Clinton Foundation operatives” urged the FBI to investigate Trump.

Penn makes no distinction between Trump’s frequent fulminations against the Mueller investigation — which has raised questions about whether the president is obstructing justice — and the Clintons’ handling of the Starr probe. “The Clintons didn’t put their emotions on Twitter, but trust me, they had them, and they weren’t particularly different from Trump’s,” he says.

Penn visited the Oval Office for more than an hour last Monday, three people familiar with the meeting said, and provided polling data and impeachment advice for the president. Penn reassured Trump that he would not be removed from office, according to people familiar with the meeting, and encouraged him to travel the country as Clinton did when he was fighting impeachment over 20 years ago, officials said.

Democrats were quick to criticize Penn, a former pollster and top aide to the campaigns of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Many Democrats have bitterly attacked the strategist for arguing that the party should move to the center and blamed Penn for the losing 2008 primary strategy that saw Hillary Clinton defeated by Barack Obama.
More recently, Penn has become a Fox News regular and sided with Trump allies when he demanded the end to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“All that bootlicking on Fox News finally paid off for Mark Penn,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser while he was president, tweeted of the news that Penn had visited Trump. “He’s finally a White House insider again!”
This is not the first time that one of the architects of Bill Clinton’s campaign and impeachment strategy has visited with Trump. The president met with Penn in February to discuss 2020 strategy and the Mueller investigation, aides said.
Penn has served as a Microsoft executive and a corporate consultant in recent years. In a 2017 op-ed in The Washington Post headlined “How To Fix the Democratic Party,” he argued that moderate candidates had the best chance of winning in the 2018 midterms.
Trump is not personally close to Penn, who worked for Stein as his pollster in the 1980s, but admires his political strategy and TV appearances often praising Trump, officials said.
Trump also asked Penn about his Harvard CAPS/Harris survey, according to Stein. The latest version of the survey, conducted in September, showed Trump’s approval rating at 46 percent. Penn previously co-founded a polling firm with Doug Schoen, who recently dropped his representation of a Ukrainian oligarch and signed on this week to work for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential bid in news first reported by the Daily Beast.

We can do without the help and advice of Mark Penn and his BS polls.

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