January 11, 2012

WHEN INCUMBENTS ARE FACED WITH LOSING...:

Changing His Chief of Staff Can't Solve Obama's Larger Problem (Peter Roff, January 10, 2012 , US News)

A Clinton cabinet member, the outgoing chief of staff is a member of Chicago's powerful and politically influential Daley family. His appointment to the second most important job in the executive branch was widely seen as an olive branch to the business community when he was appointed. He made a valiant effort but Daley was unable to temper the left wing policy drift coming out of the White House, leading first to a demotion of his responsibilities and, ultimately, to his resignation which was announced Monday.

His replacement, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, is cut from the same bolt of cloth as Daley--and is likewise a veteran of the Clinton administration--but the odds that he will be able to put a moderate stamp on what Obama is trying to do are slim, especially in a year when senior Obama campaign officials have telegraphed that the president is going to pursue re-election strategy that writes off white, working class voters.


...they try to gin up their base, which can only be disastrous for the UR.

Posted by at January 11, 2012 6:44 AM
  

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