Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When Obama Does It

One of the things that troubled me about the Bush Administration was that we had a Political Director in the White House. It wasn’t just that Karl Rove was a despicable excuse for a human being, it was that his presence, as a member of the White House staff, as a person whose duties were specifically political was embodiment of the “permanent campaign.” It was acknowledgement that the leader of our country was distracted by being the leader of a political party, and that the former was always going to be colored by the latter. It was a reminder that serving the needs of the nation would always be affected by serving the interests of the party in power.

Now the Obama Administration has brought a Political Director into the White House staff, his former campaign director David Plouffe; the same position that Karl Rove had held for George Bush. I guess we are supposed to be okay with this because David is a nice person campaigning for a nice President espousing nice causes.

More of the “It’s okay when Obama does it” syndrome.

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