November 29, 2008

NO, MR. TRIPPI...:

Obama Picks May Leave Big Holes: As Elected Officials Migrate, Democratic Seats Are Vulnerable (Chris Cillizza, 11/29/08, Washington Post)

Roughly a dozen current Democratic officeholders are rumored to be vacating their current posts for jobs in the Obama administration, potentially leaving openings that carry varying levels of concern for Democratic strategists. [...]

"Obama has clearly decided that creating a series of political crises for Democrats is worth it if it means having the right people in government to help him deal with the series of crisis facing the nation," said Joe Trippi, a Democratic consultant who managed former Vermont governor Howard Dean's 2004 presidential nomination bid.

A look at recent presidential transitions reveals that Obama is relying more on a stable of elected officials than did either President Bush or former president Bill Clinton.

In 2000, two of Bush's Cabinet picks were elected officials: Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who, in the middle of his fourth term, was looking for a new job; and Mel Martinez, who was serving as chairman of the Orange County, Fla., government. (Martinez went on to win one of Florida's U.S. Senate seats in 2004.)

Eight years earlier, Clinton disrupted Democratic politics a bit more by plucking two senators -- Al Gore of Tennessee as vice president and Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as Treasury secretary -- and two congressmen -- Mike Espy of Mississippi as agriculture secretary and Les Aspin of Wisconsin as defense secretary. Democrats lost Bentsen's seat in a 1993 special election and Gore's and Aspin's seats in the 1994 election. Only Espy's seat remained in Democratic hands.


...he's decided he cares more about Barack Obama than the Democratic Part. Stunning, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2008 10:43 AM
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