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Patrick Kennedy Borrows Bill Clinton’s Strategy

By now, you’ve heard about Patrick Kennedy’s "run-in" with the law.  

This has now become a case study in how to handle negative information.

Over at his blog, Dan Flynn’s analysis is that Kennedy is borrowing Bill Clinton’s strategy for handling negative information …

"Patrick Kennedy is taking a page out of the playbook of Jimmy Swaggart, Bill Clinton, Dan White, and yes, his father (Remember: ‘When I fully realized what had happened this morning, I immediately contacted the police’?). Pat Kennedy postures as not the beneficiary of favorable treatment, but rather a victim. ‘I struggle every day with this disease,’ the representative claimed. A disease that make you lie? A disease that makes you obstruct justice?"

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at MattLewis.org.

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