The White House shuffle
Good news or bad news? What do my favorite political junkies think?
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.
Part of the problems of this administration –other than the inept leadership provided by the President – can be found in those which Obama has surrounded himself. That’s most true of any administration, but for this one in particular, it’s been particularly evident that many of them haven’t a clue, and they could only buy one with your money.
All kidding aside, while Axelrod may have been a great campaign manager, I’d have to say he’s been a bust as an adviser and spin doctor. He’s out of his depth. He belongs exactly from whence he came, running a campaign. There he has the experience and the knowledge to be successful. But politics and the daily grind of governing aren’t his cup of tea.
As for Emanuel, as much as I don’t care for the man, to me he’s the “reality” anchor there. He knows intimately how the system works and who within the system must be used to accomplish whatever the agenda is. He’s also, based on what I’ve read, been the guy who has tried to keep them more toward the center – not at all very successfully – because he has a good idea of what can and can’t be foisted upon the American people without losing political viability. ObamaCare, again as I understand it, was a battle he lost.
So whether this is good news or bad news depends largely on who will replace each of these people (same with his fleeing economic team). Will a political operative take Axelrod’s place who knows the in’s and out’s of governing and is better able to present the administration’s views? Will the person who replaces Emanuel be more radical and less pragmatic than the present Chief of Staff?
Frankly I don’t care particularly for either of the men filling the posts they have, but the story isn’t in the fact they’re leaving – it will be found in those who replace them and what they will bring to the job and how that will effect the direction of the administration in the future.