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Friday, April 4, 2008

All Apologies

posted by on April 4 at 10:30 AM

Big day for I’m sorries. John McCain apologizes for opposing a federal holiday for Martin Luther King…

“I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona,” he said. “We can all be a little late sometimes in doing the right thing, and Dr. King understood this about his fellow Americans.”

And Mark Penn apologizes for letting his global PR work (once again) conflict with his work for Senator Clinton. This time Penn was having a high-level meeting to promote a free trade agreement with Columbia that Clinton opposes. He now says:

The meeting was an error in judgment that will not be repeated and I am sorry for it. The senatorís well known opposition to this trade deal is clear and was not discussed.

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MLK was killed 40 years ago. McCain voted against the holiday 25 years ago, in 83.

Posted by Mike of Renton | April 4, 2008 10:35 AM

40 years ago? Really? Is that why the Viet Cong tortured McCain, because he opposed the King holiday?

Posted by DOUG. | April 4, 2008 10:36 AM

I think Hillary's team could use 2008 to work through these rookie missteps and be ready to put together a winning campaign in 2016. She'll be younger than McCain is now.

Posted by elenchos | April 4, 2008 10:39 AM

Free trade with Columbia? Not before we have free trade with Yale, Harvard and Cornell. It's only fair.

Posted by Levislade | April 4, 2008 10:41 AM

After that apology, McCain is guaranteed to get the black vote in November.

Posted by julia | April 4, 2008 10:49 AM

"Bid day for Iím sorries."

I start the bidding at ten dollars.

Posted by JC | April 4, 2008 10:54 AM

How can I get a job -- jobs -- like Mark Penn's? He's about as competent as a guy putting gasoline into his diesel car, but he keeps getting rewarded for it with millions and millions of dollars.

Posted by Fnarf | April 4, 2008 10:57 AM

@6 hey I was going to make that joke, only I was thinking of opening the bid at a pair of dirty underwear and a used hairnet.

Actually I was wondering if "bid" was another of those journalist terms like "lede" that someone will quote the OED about...

Posted by PopTart | April 4, 2008 11:13 AM

Seriously, this Penn guy has been a disaster. Absolutely unbelievable she'd keep him on even this long. When she fails she can thank him.

Posted by Jersey | April 4, 2008 12:55 PM

I'll enjoy having Public Enemy's, "By the Time I get to Arizona" in my head the rest of the day.

Posted by Dougsf | April 4, 2008 1:31 PM
The senatorís well known opposition to this trade deal is clear and was not discussed.

The government of Columbia is paying $300,000 to Senator Clinton's top-paid staffer and strategist to promote a free trade agreement--and he says that her opposition was not discussed? Hmmm. I'm thinking one of three things: (1) Penn is a bald-face liar, (2) Senator Clinton's support was discussed or (3) the government of Columbia should be demanding a refund.

Posted by kk | April 4, 2008 1:45 PM

Ditto, @10. Imagine them getting away with that video, the fused bomb and the poisoned chocolates, today.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | April 4, 2008 1:56 PM

"They never gave us any meaningful news," McCain said. "They told us the day that Martin Luther King was shot, they told us the day that Bobby Kennedy was shot, but they never bothered to tell us about the moon shot! So it was certainly selected news."

Ė McCain, talking about his POW captors in a USA Today interview in 1987

Posted by Peter F | April 4, 2008 2:51 PM

@11: you nailed it.

This story isn't just about where Mark Penn's loyalties lie; it's about where Hillary Clinton's truly lie.

Posted by Miles | April 5, 2008 9:38 AM

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