We already know that Clinton is lying when she says she is against NAFTA (oh, she might be against it NOW when it hurts her slim-to-none chances to be president). The excuse she offers now is that, despite many public statements to the contrary, in private she was against it when her hub was prez. Right.
But this amuses. Her campaign advisor, Mark Penn, took off down to Columbia to work on a free-trade deal! You'd think that if you're in Pennsylvania wanting to court the people who HAVE LOST JOBS TO FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, you woudn't have one of the most visible guys on your campaign using his LOBBYING JOB to push one. And one has to wonder whether he is using his perceived clout of being ON the Clinton staff to try to infer that he will get Columbia not just a seat at the table, but a seat next to the chow line.
From the Wall Street Journal
As the fight turns to the April 22 Pennsylvania primary, both Democrats continue to campaign against trade agreements.
"We've got to have new trade policies before we have new trade deals," Sen. Clinton told the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on Tuesday. "That includes no trade deal with Colombia while violence against trade unionists continues in that country."
Ooops. Except when it's your campaign advisor, Mark Penn.
Sen. Obama also opposes that deal.
The spokeswoman for the Colombian Embassy, Sandra Ocampo Kohn, confirmed Thursday that Mr. Penn met Monday with Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson, as talks have intensified over passage of the trade deal. Ms. Kohn said she wasn't authorized to provide details.
Hypocritical statements aside, suppose she's not kidding. IF that were true, then she's pretty dumb. You'd think you'd rein in your campaign advisor from going for the very thing you are paying lip service you are against.
P.S. Let me remind that she is ALSO for outsourcing jobs. Also remember that the Canadian report says Clinton's remarks about NAFTA were *for show*.
More on Penn pointing out some more hypocrisy from Clinton attempting to slam Obama.
The irony of Penn's actions is astounding. Here is what Clinton said during Obama's NAFTA flap:
I would ask you to look at this story and substitute my name for Sen. Obama’s name and see what you would do with this story… Just ask yourself [what you would do] if some of my advisers had been having private meetings with foreign governments.“
Al Giordano responds to the hypocrisy:
Mark Penn is not - as in the case that Senator Clinton cited on March 3 - an unpaid issues advisor, but, rather, the commander-in-chief of the Clinton campaign: the chief strategist, pollster, message czar, and the highest paid member of her campaign staff.
I can’t remember a presidential campaign in my lifetime in which the top strategist moonlighted for corporate accounts during the heat of the primaries (if that’s really what he was doing with the Colombian ambassador, as claimed: note that the Embassy told the Journal that it didn’t know which hat Penn was wearing). The conflict of interest is staggering.
Hah. One more update. Penn says his doing this was (wait for it) an *error in judgement*.