Fox-bashing Obama aide to step down

posted at 12:55 pm on November 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The woman who became the face of the White House war on Fox News will leave her post at the end of this month.  Anita Dunn, who also got heavily criticized for stating that one of her philosophical touchstones was Chinese communist Mao Zedong, will return to the private sector but remain available to the Obama administration as a consultant:

White House communications director Anita Dunn will step down from her post at the end of the month and Dan Pfeiffer, her deputy, will take over, according to sources familiar with the move.

Dunn, a longtime Democratic media consultant, took over the job on an interim basis earlier this year when Ellen Moran abruptly left the post to take a job at the Commerce Department. Dunn will return to Squier Knapp Dunn, the consulting firm where she is a partner, but will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic matters. …

The passing of the baton from Dunn to Pfeiffer had long been expected within White House circles as she had made clear when she took the job that the “interim” in her title was meant to be taken literally.

Unlike when Moran left, the transition should be somewhat seamless as Dunn and Pfeiffer are longtime confidantes — having worked closely in [Tom] Daschle’s political orbit for years.

As Chris Cillizza notes, this does not come as a surprise.  Dunn never intended to stick around long, which is why some assumed the White House tasked her with leading the war of words on Fox News.  The Chairman Mao quote proved embarrassing, especially in that context, but obviously not fatal to her status as a temporary stopgap.  Had it done that much damage, the White House would have looked elsewhere for her replacement rather than appointing her protege.

The change does give the administration an opportunity to withdraw from the Fox War, though, and it has already given hints of reconsidering its widely-panned strategy of marginalizing the network.  For one thing, it has obviously backfired, as Fox’s audience has grown rather than diminished; it outperformed all of the other cable networks combined for Election Night coverage.  David Axelrod made an 11-minute appearance on Fox last week, and the white flag from the White House was not exactly subtle.

Interestingly, Cillizza also hints that Rahm Emanuel wants to “return to elected office in the not-so-distant future.”  He won’t want to go back to the House, and there’s an open Senate seat up for grabs in Illinois — Obama’s old seat, now being occupied temporarily by Roland Burris.  If Emanuel wants to run for that seat, he’ll have to start soon, and no later than the State of the Union address if he wants to keep other prominent Illinois Democrats out of the primary.  Could we be seeing a new chief of staff — and what would that mean for Obama’s proclivity for letting Nancy Pelosi run his legislative agenda?

Update: David Plouffe flogged his book on Fox, not Axelrod. Axelrod appeared for 11 minutes on Fox last week to discuss policy, not a book. My apologies for the error.


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But..but..but…What would Mao think?

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I just want to te-ell you, good-bye-ee-ee, good-bye.

mankai on November 10, 2009 at 12:57 PM

She’s not going far. She’ll remain as a consultant. And her husband is going to be getting Chief WhiteHouse counsel job.

Enoxo on November 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Hmmm Heinz is looking for a few good _______. (Insert various word(s).)

upinak on November 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Could we be seeing a new chief of staff — and what would that mean for Obama’s proclivity for letting Nancy Pelosi run his legislative agenda

That would be really interesting! Any idea whom it would be?

Also, I think it would be interesting if Rahm really does run for that seat. I mean, it was reported that he was talking to Blagojevich specifically about Obama’s seat….hmmmmm.

deidre on November 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM

For one thing, it has obviously backfired, as Fox’s audience has grown rather than diminished; it outperformed all of the other cable networks combined for Election Night coverage.

Typical Obama strategy. Find out what works and avoid it like the plague. Find out what doesn’t work and beat it like a slow horse on race day.

Guardian on November 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Dude is that Beck’s second scalp? Oh man, the left is going to blow a gasket.

jhffmn on November 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Another one bites the dust.

Is she becoming a nun like her secondary idol?

Hening on November 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Does the Whitehouse Communications director need Senate confirmation? I really don’t know…

And isn’t her husband moving INTO the Whitehouse, from his private practice where he has been defending Obama against the Birther lawsuits amongst other things?

Romeo13 on November 10, 2009 at 1:02 PM

You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.

Don’t you know it’s gonna be… all right.

Awesome reference, Ed.

Scott P on November 10, 2009 at 1:02 PM

’bout time

Wade on November 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I may be wrong, but I think that was Plouffe (sp?) that pitched his book on FOX, not Axlerod.

CultureWar on November 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM

The lizard lady leaves, not a moment to soon.

Dasher on November 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I think Comrade Obama is figuring out that he needs to keep some of these people on the down low. Of course like everything else he does he blew it! Do you think he punches Axelrod in the shoulder for things like this?

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Good news, the next communications director’s favorite political philosopher will “only” be Josef Stalin.

rbj on November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

You say you’ll change the Constitution… well, you know… we all want to change your head.

mankai on November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

I thought Rahm wanted to be Speaker of the House — that that was his big ambition.

lizzieillinois on November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Is anita Dunn

Done done or just shifted to cunsultant status?

seven on November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Putin is considering Rahm’s request to leave. He’ll let him know shortly.

darwin on November 10, 2009 at 1:05 PM

The real fun question is; Can he get someone even more whacked out of their skull to replace her?

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Czarina of Mao-Maos or Mumus or something, perhaps?!

atlgal on November 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Fox-bashing Obama aide to step down

So, the White House is now empty?

JammieWearingFool on November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

I thought Rahm wanted to be Speaker of the House — that that was his big ambition.

lizzieillinois on November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Well, he’d better move quickly then… “Minority Leader” doesn’t quite carry the same umph.

mankai on November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Seeing Barry and crew have already waved the white flag around the world, maybe they should wave it here, declare ‘all is lost’ and call for a 2010 presidential election…

phreshone on November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

sadly this was a preplanned transition
her hubby got the big promotion and she is stepping back for a bit
I want them all outta there!

ginaswo on November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

I think she stepped down to take over as the Joker in the new batman movie.

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Emanuel can’t run for Burris’ senate seat, that’s a BLACK seat. Didn’t Obama tell him? That’s why an idiot like Burris got the seat in the first place. Gotta keep those southside Chicago pols in the game you know.

bradley11 on November 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM

; Can he get someone even more whacked out of their skull to replace her?

Yes he can!

VanPalin on November 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I see Lizard Lady bobblehead dolls selling well for Christmas.

bradley11 on November 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

But but but Lee Atwater quoted Sun Tzu that one time!!

tetriskid on November 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I think she stepped down to take over as the Joker in the new batman movie.

I thought Pelosi would be perfect for that.

VanPalin on November 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM

But..but..but…What would Mao think?

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Did you mean

What would Chairman Mao say
if he knew what his people think of him today?

Men Without Hats

Count to 10 on November 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM

ACE has the details on how it was a planned transition…

ginaswo on November 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM

If Emanuel wants to run for that seat, he’ll have to start soon, and no later than the State of the Union address if he wants to keep other prominent Illinois Democrats out of the primary

The primary is on Feb 2. He has to resign now.

WashJeff on November 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Had it done that much damage, the White House would have looked elsewhere for her replacement rather than appointing her protege.

Perhaps Chairman Mao has some descendants that Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama have had their eye on?

Mark Boabaca on November 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Dunn and Pfeiffer are longtime confidantes…

Who’s got a video of Pfeiffer waxing orgasmic on her philosophical guides?

Any guesses? I’m hoping for comic book characters. Or, Dr. Seuss.

tuffy on November 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM

oh my God, she’s so cute! and a sweetheart as well!!!

Ghoul aid on November 10, 2009 at 1:12 PM

I thought Pelosi would be perfect for that.

No she’s perfect for Cryptkeeper,or possibly the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

This is straight up racism against a member of the Lizard People, an unprotected minority.

Besides, they can pay her more as a consultant no doubt.

GnuBreed on November 10, 2009 at 1:14 PM

if rahm goes, who would replace him? seriously…

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM

She could easily get a job at Tootsie Roll Industries, answering the age-old question “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”

Shiny_Tiara on November 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM

This is straight up racism against a member of the Lizard People, an unprotected minority.

All she needs to do is start quoting that “Always in peace” line from V

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:16 PM

She needs to step in front of a new barber.

SouthernGent on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Hot Air should send Mao Tze Dunn a going away gift: a little red book, in a little red box, with a little red ribbon, and a little red card. And in the little red card is a little red-inked note: Ciao, Mao Frau! You fight your war. We’ll fight ours.

EMD on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

One more Obama commie down. So many, many more to go.

Dave R. on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

see ya

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

An interesting factoid about Fox News, per their audience survey/poll:

More people who voted for Obama watch Fox News than CNN and MSNBC (except for the Olberman and Maddow shows).

Which shows the real “genius” behind the White House war against Fox.

TXUS on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Rahm can’t leave, he’s running the show. Picture him as the Director and Obama the Actor.

HotAirExpert on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

That minger will simply hang out with Reverend Wright, Ayres, and the rest of Obama’s America hating traitors.

csdeven on November 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM

“Oh, she wasn’t going to stay long in the most powerful position of her career anyway…” Riiight.

tigerlily on November 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Again, why are lib/progressive women so lizard fugly? Is it b/c of said fugliness that they kill off their fugly offspring with a smile? Mao would be uber proud.

Ris4victory on November 10, 2009 at 1:20 PM

i want chicken
i want liver

mao mix mao mix please de-liv-er

blatantblue on November 10, 2009 at 1:20 PM

They gotta make room for her husband.

Brat4life on November 10, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Anita!!

As for the ballerina…..same to you. Whatsamattah? Is it getting a little heated for you in the White House, or is your incompetence just becoming to much of a burden?

capejasmine on November 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Trade Burris for Emanuel? Less stupid, more evil. There ya go, Illinois. Land of Lincoln, my a$$!

SKYFOX on November 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM

The Odumbo ship is sinking, man the life boats, abandon ship.

rjoco1 on November 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM

So Rahm might run against Mark Kirk…..interesting.

deidre on November 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM

She is the air licker.

TheSitRep on November 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM

You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

+1

Venusian Visitor on November 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM

She needs to step in front of a new barber.

SouthernGent on November 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM

I was thinking train, but barber works.

justltl on November 10, 2009 at 1:29 PM

if rahm goes, who would replace him? seriously…

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Satan.

LOL

Key West Reader on November 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

The change does give the administration an opportunity to withdraw from the Fox War, though, and it has already given hints of reconsidering its widely-panned strategy of marginalizing the network.

Don’t let them withdraw, keep at them; never let them forget their own words. Make it like a figurative Highway of Death like in the Gulf War–when Leftists all over America fretted about the Iraquis who raped and robbed Kuwait instead of the Kuwaitis.

Never forget! Make Obama eat every word spoken by his underlings.

They spoke for him.

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Key West Reader on November 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

you maybe right :-)

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

From the sub headline:
“You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.”

I know its going to be…. alright.

juanito on November 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

As for the ballerina…..same to you. Whatsamattah? Is it getting a little heated for you in the White House, or is your incompetence just becoming to much of a burden?

capejasmine on November 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Don’t forget the recent AP mis-print citing: Former Vice President Joe Biden.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM

I miss that tongue already.

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

But..but..but…What would Mao think?

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

WWMD?… I know… he’d kill another 40 million…

CynicalOptimist on November 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Wait — Anita Dunn’s tongue darts in and out like a lizard’s tongue… and the V aliens are lizards…

Daggett on November 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Anna is running the world now.

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

But..but..but…What would Mao think?

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Who cares? He’s dead.

From the Koran: Whosoever ye shall be, though you live in lofty towers, death will overtake you.

Can we call Mao a ‘dead president’ or something?

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

and another one’s gone–thanks, Beck.

texanpride on November 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Good, maybe she can go work on Dingy Harry’s re-election campaign. She did a bang up job with Tom Daschle!

proudteadrinker on November 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

She’s not going far. She’ll remain as a consultant. And her husband is going to be getting Chief WhiteHouse counsel job.

Enoxo on November 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Husband? He must be blind to marry that barnacle.

leftnomore on November 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

DHS Chair Janet Napolitano, FBI and CIA Chiefs should resign, having PREVENTED Military Intelligence from being briefed on Hasan’s jihadist inquiry emails and responses.

Joint Chiefs of Staff must convene and issue an order eliminating PC from military life. Otherwise, resign.

Obama needs to admit PC is the destructive factor at fault. E pluribus unum idealizes equality under the rule of law.

If is “diversity” means (as it is interpreted by those in power) that domestic Islamofascists (for example) are pets to be enabled to sabotage the USA and to NOT suffer legal ramifications, but are to be excused and stroked with favoritism, then to hell with PC.

We are diverse without any such deviant PC Diversity. We are tolerant without any such deviant PC Intolerance.

The Constitution is Supreme, despite PC, despite Obama.

Impeach Corruption
Prosecute Treason

maverick muse on November 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Have liberal women fully evolved? This one is still part lizard.

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Wait — Anita Dunn’s tongue darts in and out like a lizard’s tongue… and the V aliens are lizards…

Daggett on November 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Oooo, I noticed that, what a freak of nature. She is a disgusting reptile.

leftnomore on November 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

A person with her qualifications should have no trouble at all finding a top-flight job in either the foodervice or housekeeping industries.

UltimateBob on November 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

UltimateBob on November 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Foodservice, even.

UltimateBob on November 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

She is a disgusting reptile.

leftnomore on November 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Speaking of reptiles, OT but too good not to point out….

Gov. Tim Kaine has stated that he won’t stay DC sniper John Allen Muhammed’s death sentence.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Hmmm Imagine, She’s done her damage, and now she is leaving. Those cronies of Barack H Obama are really costing him politically.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

This is straight up racism against a member of the Lizard People,

Hey, I thought we had to leave Mad King Charles out of it! ;-)

BlueStateBilly on November 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

At Fort Hood, Obama takes on new role

At today’s memorial, the president faces a new challenge: Healing the nation after tragedy.

That is from a headline at Yahoo!, where I look for headlines.

Look at that and, especially for the disruptors who infest us, what does that say?

Yahoo isn’t by any means ‘conservative.” But even they are saying, from whatever source they quote, Obama faces a NEW CHALLENGE: Healing the nation after tragedy.

What does that say about him; what does that say about people in his Administration like Dunn? If the MSM is posting that kind of headline, what can we infer and extrapolate?

No–no cover and no quarter to Obama for what the people he personally chose to speak for him have said. Never let them retreat untouched. Now is the time to hammer them with their own words and actions.

And, wherever Dunn pops up, let’s make her undone. Drive her out of the public sphere.

John Lennon, the liberal icon, sang Power to the People. Let’s make that a reality, but on OUR terms.

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

They needed to throw the hen out of the Fox house!

I wonder if Anita Dunn is old enough to remember the Beatles’ song, “Revolution”:

“But when you start carrying pictures of Chairman Mao,
You’re not gonna make it with anyone anyhow”

The Beatles were not exactly a bastion of conservative thought, but even THEY knew that Mao was a loser in the West.

Anita Done. DLTDHYOTWO.

Steve Z on November 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Whenever I see Obama I think of Gilderoy Lockhart from the Harry Potter series. Ego + complete ineptitude.

Dasher on November 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Remarkable to me how no-talent dishonest shills like this just go on and on and on in that line of work. A “consultant”? That should be a joke. But it isn’t. I don’t now which is more depressing, that she is able to call herself one or that other people would hire her as one.

rrpjr on November 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_fort_hood

This is the link. Note the first sentence:

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer – 20 mins ago

FORT HOOD, Texas – Stepping for the first time into the role of national consoler,

For the first time as national consoler? But wasn’t he supposed to be that as of Jan. 20, at Noon?

If this is the first time, then what the F has he been doing for eleven months?

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Glenn Beck/America 2
Obama/Libtards 0

Norwegian on November 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Good, maybe she can go work on Dingy Harry’s re-election campaign. She did a bang up job with Tom Daschle!

proudteadrinker on November 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait

Fed45 on November 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

If she does a presser, could we please throw our favorite vegetables to her as a show of appreciation for her hard work? I thought so. Thanks.

ProudPalinFan on November 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Here is the difference between GW Bush and Obama:

Bush never bashed a media 95% against him.

But on 9/11, the MSM did everything to bash Bush.

I will never forget the video of when Bush was told of the attack on America that day. I swear, that man’s heart sank. But all the Left could do was assail him in every obnoxious way possible.

Bush never surrounded himself with people who bashed ABC, CBS, NBC, and all their affiliates.

Dunn is but one example of Obama and all he holds close.

That is the difference between what is better, and Obama. And, my extention, the Enemy Party and those disruptors who ceaselessly post here, with their sole intention of hurting us. That’s all they all want: to cause hurt; never to persuade. It’s as if they all seek revenge.

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM

For the first time as national consoler? But wasn’t he supposed to be that as of Jan. 20, at Noon?

If this is the first time, then what the F has he been doing for eleven months?

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Apologizing.

ProudPalinFan on November 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

If she does a presser, could we please throw our favorite vegetables to her as a show of appreciation for her hard work? I thought so. Thanks.

ProudPalinFan on November 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM

But what about all those starving people in (Mao’s) China?

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Could we be seeing a new chief of staff — and what would that mean for Obama’s proclivity for letting Nancy Pelosi run his legislative agenda?

Yeah…Van Jones.

BobMbx on November 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

BobMbx on November 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Do they seem as adrift to you as they seem to me?

Liam on November 10, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Beck…….2
Obama…0

Herb on November 10, 2009 at 2:34 PM

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