"Hillary Clinton's chief strategist is Mark Penn, and Charlie Black, John McCain's top adviser, is chairman
, the DC-based lobbying subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller
-- of which Mark Penn is CEO
BKSH is a bipartisan lobbying firm. Black, the chairman is the top Republican. The top Democrat is R. Scott Pastrick
, who like Penn, supports Hillary Clinton.
Mark Penn's personal interests would clearly be best served by a Hillary Clinton victory.
A McCain presidency wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, however. It
would be far better to have the head of his lobbying be tight with the
president than to have a president like Obama who sought to impose new
restrictions on his lobbyist operation.
As Ari Berman's Hillary, Inc.
details, there's every reason to be skeptical of Mark Penn's willingness to help Democrats. He's criticized Al Gore
for running to far to the left in 2000 and when he was brought into the
Clinton's orbit by Dick Morris, he wasn't even a political operative."
I hope my good friend Ernie will forgive my adding a little show and tell to support the interesting relationship of John and Hill: