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Penn: Obama Slow On The Draw?

Writing in Politico, Mark Penn reminds us that negative ads work. And implies, in passing, that team Obama has been slow to defend itself:

The Paris Hilton ad also bore a Republican political trademark — attacking a candidate’s strengths rather than the candidate’s weaknesses. The spot attempted to portray Obama’s leadership for change as something fluffy and useless. Obama did not immediately hit back on the air.

--Michael Crowley