Mark Penn, again

His firm is flacking for Blackwater. Won’t anyone ask HRC questions about this stuff?

It’s not bad enough that Burson-Marsteller, the PR/lobbying firm headed by top Hillary Clinton adviser Mark Penn, has a flourishing union-busting practice. It now turns out that Burson-Marsteller is lobbying for Blackwater. (And Penn doesn’t even bother to pretend that he has “recused” himself from the issue.)

Somehow I doubt this is going to create as much bloggic fuss as Barack Obama’s friendship with a homophobic Gospel singer. That strikes me as reflecting a lack of proportion. And somehow I doubt that Hillary Clinton is going to get questions about this either from reporters or in the debates. She should.

Footnote Of course most of the pro-Blackwater political muscle is Republican, including Ken Starr and Fred Fielding. But we expect Republicans to support thugs. Democrats are different.

Aren’t they?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: