Well if these guys have been running the show so far I don’t see how things could get much worse. Yeah yeah I know: the awesomely underperforming stimulus where it’s someone else’s fault Obama never even tried to make it bigger, and the awesome corporate giveaway healthcare bill where … well, where it’s someone else’s fault Obama never really tried to get a public option, cut a backroom deal to trade away drug price negotiation for industry support, etc. I know some people are excited about this stuff and in the case of healthcare it may work out to be a net benefit in the end, but to me it looks like a case of acting by default. These were essentially the bare minimum things that had to be done in those situations, given the size of the Democratic majorities and the urgency of fixing the economy/healthcare system/whatever. Rant over.
(CBS) President Obama’s inner circle will likely be losing some key players. CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante reports that sources say David Axelrod, the president’s closest advisor, will move to Chicago next spring.
Axelrod is expected to reassume his role as campaign manager in Mr. Obama’s 2012 reelection bid. A potential, if not likely, replacement for Axelrod is current White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The dominoes don’t stop there. Rahm Emanuel, the president’s Chief of Staff, may leave the White House as soon as next month.
Emanuel has told colleagues that he’s very likely to run for mayor of Chicago, and that could see him depart the White House in October.
“I’m not going to rule anything in or out. He’s in the process of thinking through what’s best for Rahm,” Gibbs told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One.
Now if some of us hippie leftists are correct then Rahm leaving would be absolutely amazing, and Axelrod and his whole “I give the people what they want” pussy-ass-reactionary routine can take a hike as well. (I can’t find the article but there was a profile awhile back in the NYT where Axelrod basically said that his job was to reflect the peoples’ mood and help Obama figure out how to give them what they want, rather than figuring out what policies they need to improve their lives and trying to come up with a convincing argument to sell them with.) It seems clear from Gibbs’ previous comments that he’s into hippie-punching and triangulation and is similarly amazed that the whole country isn’t sucking Obama’s ass for being such a spectacular President, but I don’t see how he could be anymore of an ineffective pussy than Axelrod.