Mark Penn: How Obama Could Lose
Ex-Hillary strategist advises him not to gloat, attack the wealthy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2011 11:17 AM CDT
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)

(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.”
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Snowleopard
Jun 16, 2011 8:45 PM CDT
I'm pretty sure that the majority of his supporters who make over $200,000 wouldn't mind paying a few more percent in taxes if it meant saving the country from bankruptcy. If people are that self-centered regarding taxation and funding social programs they tend to vote republican anyway.
Danielk
Jun 16, 2011 6:43 PM CDT
I feel like obama has not much of a chance at all his presidency is all lies and hes basically a dictator... idk y he would be reelected
odowd80
Jun 16, 2011 1:31 PM CDT
I must disagree with the $200,000 and over voters. If he alienates them, that's an insignificant number of votes to worry about (maybe 0.5% of total votes?). Unless there is a mistake in the summary and they really mean campaign contributions.