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Did Clinton Camp Make Geffen Gaffe?

Hillary Clinton’s pollster Mark Penn admits in the latest New York Observer that the campaign probably pushed back a bit too hard after David Geffen’s much talked-about/analyzed comments on Hillary and Bill.

Penn says, “I don’t think that played out very well.”

“It’s very important in politics not to make the same mistake too many times,” he said. “If we had that one to do over again we would probably approach it differently.”

In February, after Geffen gave an interview to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd — Geffen: “Everybody in politics lies, but they (the Clintons) do it with such ease, it’s troubling” —  Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said, “If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.”

At the time, the day long exchange drew national attention, as it marked the first public disagreement between the Clinton and Obama camps. Of course, they’ve had others since, and not just with surrogates but with the candidates themselves.

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