Mark Penn: How Obama Could Lose

Ex-Hillary strategist advises him not to gloat, attack the wealthy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 16, 2011 11:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama is looking good for the 2012 election, but he can still be beaten, according to former foe Mark Penn. In a GQ interview, Hillary’s ex-strategist lays out the ways the president can screw this up:

  • He gloats too much about bin Laden—“People are going to want him to put this in ads. Don’t. Everybody knows he did a great job!”

  • He has a Bush 41 moment on the economy—If Obama loses, it’ll be because of the economy. He can’t afford something like George Bush’s supermarket scanner moment. “The period between now and the election is a Martha’s Vineyard-free zone.”
  • He attacks the upper-middle class—Obama has more supporters making more than $200,000 than any Democrat in history. “Now he is saying, once again, that one of his priorities is to raise taxes on ‘that group.’ ‘That group’ is his voters!”
  • A sex scandal hits—“I certainly doubt it with this president. But hey, even Al Gore wound up in one.”
For the full list, click here.

President Barack Obama walks in to speak as he hosts military fathers and their children for a screening of Disney/Pixar movie 'Cars 2' at the White House complex, June 15, 2011.
President Barack Obama walks in to speak as he hosts military fathers and their children for a screening of Disney/Pixar movie 'Cars 2' at the White House complex, June 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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