Great news: New Obama chief of staff might be … William Daley

posted at 6:31 pm on January 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

I know what you’re thinking. When I first saw the name, I thought, “The guy who just retired as mayor of Chicago?!” Silly: That’s Richard Daley. Besides, do you really think The One’s political universe is so small and incestuous that he couldn’t find someone outside his tiny circle of Chitown cronies and strongmen to serve as the second most powerful man in the White House? This is the president of the United States we’re talking about. He could recruit anyone he wants for the job, from any field in the western world.

So naturally — allegedly — he went and recruited … Richard Daley’s brother.

President Barack Obama is considering naming William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to a high-level White House post, possibly as his chief of staff, people familiar with the matter said.

Such a move, which is still under discussion and which White House officials wouldn’t confirm, would bring a Washington veteran and someone with strong business ties into the administration as Obama enters the second half of his term. The president is faced with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and is trying to accelerate the U.S. economic recovery while addressing the budget deficit…

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Daley served as an Obama economic adviser. After the election, he was a co- chairman of Obama’s transition team.

Daley, the younger brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, was commerce secretary from January 1997 to June 2000 under former President Bill Clinton. In 2000, he chaired Vice President Al Gore’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Says David Frum, “Do I have this straight: a Daley resigns to make room for Rahm, Rahm resigns to make room for another Daley, and nobody thinks this fishy?” Excellent point; I wonder how long it’ll be after William Daley is officially named to the post that Richard Daley will decide to endorse Rahm for mayor.

Anyway, three obvious points about Daley if he is indeed the new man in charge. One: Obama’s relationship with Wall Street is still poisonous and his inner circle is famously lacking business experience, a point not lost on America’s CEOs. Daley’s appointment is an attempt to change that. Two: Obama’s inner circle is famously insular, with even Democrats starting to grumble about him expanding his horizons to deal with the new Republican House. Daley’s appointment is, er, not an attempt to change that. And three, and perhaps most significantly: Ben Smith points on Twitter to this Daley op-ed from last December calling on Democrats to embrace the big tent and plot a more centrist course. Proof that The One is ready to inch back towards the middle over the next two years? Quote:

The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party — my lifelong political home — has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come…

On the one hand, centrist Democrats are being vilified by left-wing bloggers, pundits and partisan news outlets for not being sufficiently liberal, “true” Democrats. On the other, Republicans are pounding them for their association with a party that seems to be advancing an agenda far to the left of most voters…

All that is required for the Democratic Party to recover its political footing is to acknowledge that the agenda of the party’s most liberal supporters has not won the support of a majority of Americans — and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, from health care to the economy to the environment to Afghanistan.

Expect some enjoyable tantrums from the nutroots if this guy’s the choice. Exit question: We’ve had Rahm as chief of staff, and now a Daley. Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?


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The Chicago team comes together in preparation for 2012.

amerpundit on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Rahm and Daley are swapping jobs?

It’s the Chicago Way.

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

To paraphrase General Honore…

Stuck on Crooked

phreshone on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Umm… Go Bears??

MikeknaJ on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

No. No one’s ear is that tinny. Isn’t possible…

karl9000 on January 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Just don’t ever tell me it’s …...Ditka….. *facepalm*

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Frum? I thought he was pro-Obama.

Bigbullets on January 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Rahm and Daley are swapping jobs?

It’s the Chicago Way.

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Thug Swap. It’s Wife Swap for chicago pols.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Says David Frum, “Do I have this straight: a Daley resigns to make room for Rahm, Rahm resigns to make room for another Daley, and nobody thinks this fishy?”

agree with frum for the first time in a LOOOOONG time

yowser

cmsinaz on January 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Are there any Capones left in Chi-Town?

Tim Zank on January 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, from health care to the economy to the environment to Afghanistan.

Pfft

ladyingray on January 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

David Frum, “Do I have this straight: a Daley resigns to make room for Rahm, Rahm resigns to make room for another Daley, and nobody thinks this fishy?”

Hey Frum, no kidding.

Sharr on January 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Expect some enjoyable tantrums from the nutroots if this guy’s the choice. Exit question: We’ve had Rahm as chief of staff, and now a Daley. Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Blago’s still around, and even if he does have a litle time to serve coming up, he can still telecommute to his job.

jon1979 on January 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Reverend Wright

Bill Ayers

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

and plot a more centrist course

that’s so 2009 Allah…i can’t see it coming to fruition once he is in the WH with dear leader…

cmsinaz on January 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Proof that The One is ready to inch back towards the middle over the next two years

ain’t gonna happen

cmsinaz on January 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Trying to use Daley to block the Clintons, huh?

Have to wonder how far Hillary’s connections to the Daley’s go back considering her Chi-town background… someone is getting played in that, and if Obama thinks its a ‘good move’ then it will end up very badly for him as he is a neophyte compared to the Daley’s.

ajacksonian on January 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM

The single greatest messaging failure of the McCain campaign in 2008 was their inability to make an issue of Obama’s lurid and deep connections to all manner of Chicago Democratic machine corruption and criminality.

Bill Daley has always been the national frontman and bagman of the Chicago Dem Machine.

Bostonians will recognize this analogy — Bill Daley is to Richard Daley and the Chicago Dems as Billy Bulger was to Whitey Bulger and the South Boston Mob.

Robert_Paulson on January 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

And there was an article just the other day about how Obama plans to move his re-election campaign headquarters back to Chicago — where Rahm WILL be in charge of that most corrupt machine in the country.

Come ON! Are there NO conservative investigative journalists in this country??? This is Obama practically rubbing our noses in a big pile of campaign/election fraud and daring us to do anything about it.

American Elephant on January 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

yeah, there is no way that Bambi can play politics as well as a Daley. after all, they’ve elected how many presidents? he aint their first.

kelley in virginia on January 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Dennis DeYoung? Peter Cetera? Tony Kukoc?

ardenenoch on January 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Mafia Relations Czar ?

Don’t be surprised if Ahnold, Bob Bennett (ex-senator of Utah) and various Dems booted in November get set aside jobs too. Probably a Kennedy thrown in the mix too just to keep DC DUI enforcement on their toes.

viking01 on January 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Dennis DeYoung? Peter Cetera? Tony Kukoc?

ardenenoch on January 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

dennis deyoung of styx? WTF?

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Hey allah, remember how the Illinois GOP wanted Mike Ditka to run against Obama for the Senate in 2004?

radjah shelduck on January 3, 2011 at 6:51 PM

maybe he can take back Rex Grossman (yup, I’m a Redskins fan).

kelley in virginia on January 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Bill Daley…hmmm…wasn’t he Roger Healy on I Dream Of Jeannie?

Tim Zank on January 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

wasn’t daley the guy who arranged ron brown’s one way ticket to oblivion?

DrW on January 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

No
My money is on this guy

dentalque on January 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Obozo hiring a electoral necromancer?

I’m shocked. /

CPT. Charles on January 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Besides, do you really think The One’s political universe is so small and incestuous that he couldn’t find someone outside his tiny circle of Chitown cronies and strongmen to serve as the second most powerful man in the White House?

Hmmm, yes.

As has been said before, BHO appears to be without friends from childhood or college. All he has are his political cronies and strongmen from the machine.

INC on January 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

at least Bill Clinton had McCarty who was a kindergarten friend. I agree with INC that Bambi has no old friends. weird.

kelley in virginia on January 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Looks like that centrist headfake fooled . . . . . nobody.

Paging Elliot Ness. You’re wanted at the front desk please.

conservative pilgrim on January 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM

dennis deyoung of styx? WTF?

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I doubt it.
Rumor has it that DD leans right.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Carol Mosely Braun, who is now the only black candidate running against Rahm. Have to get her out of the way or Rahm is in trouble.

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Makes perfect sense.

petefrt on January 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Bill Daley…hmmm…wasn’t he Roger Healy on I Dream Of Jeannie?

Tim Zank on January 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

IIRC, he was also the first host of the Daley Show before Jon Stewart.

Terrie on January 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I doubt it.
Rumor has it that DD leans right.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

whew. good. If he didn’t then I’m reaching for my mp3 player and the “delete” button….

then again, maybe I’m just “an angry young man…”

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I doubt Obowma, his inner circle, and those in Chicago can see this…

… but the rest of the country is getting pretty sick and tired of this “Chicago Way” bullsh%t!

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Maybe they are building a foundation for an….Obama/Richard Daley ’12?

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

The Chicago team comes together in preparation for 2012.

amerpundit on January 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

It all started in FL 2000 and when Daley couldn’t steal that POTUS they immediately started looking for the next Great Half White Hope er Dope!

Does the mob own DC now as they do Chitown?

dhunter on January 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell ya!

Please, God, do something to stop him. Our country and freedom can’t take much more.

GrannyDee on January 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Obama/Richard Daley 12……………omg. I hope pocorn prices don’t go up. We’re going to need alot of it.

These thugs have no idea how the rest of the country views them, do they?

ORconservative on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Maybe they are building a foundation for an….Obama/Richard Daley ’12?

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Richie Daley will be indicted before that, his wife is dying and Richie Daley makes Joe Biden look like a genius.

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

let’s threaten Daley’s kneecaps….

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies?

Rev. Wright / Ayers / Bernadine / Father Pfleger /

He would have all these in there if he could!

bluemarlin on January 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Maybe Obie can get David Frum to be his Cheif of Staff..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

… someone is getting played in that, and if Obama thinks its a ‘good move’ then it will end up very badly for him as he is a neophyte compared to the Daley’s, AND CLINTOONS.

ajacksonian on January 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM

dhunter on January 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Richie Daley will be indicted before that, his wife is dying and Richie Daley makes Joe Biden look like a genius.

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

An indictment of Richard Daley would be spectacular. But would it ever happen?

Sad about his wife. Cancer?

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

The first time I saw a commercial for the OWN, I viewed it as one big infomercial network with a non-stop flood of progressive programming purposed to make statism palatable to the mush brained who idolize her.

The biggest line of crap out of the administration of late is that Captain Utopia’s agenda has been a dismal failure due to flawed messaging. Who better to bridge the gap between the elites in DC and the unwashed masses than she who gives goodies to her audience.

Two years as Chief of Staff – then Biden conveniently resigns ……. hmmmmm.

oldfiveanddimer on January 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Obama/Richard Daley 12……………omg. I hope pocorn prices don’t go up. We’re going to need alot of it.

These thugs have no idea how the rest of the country views them, do they?

ORconservative on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

In their mind we all fawn at their feet and hang on their every superior word. They have to believe that to hold up their world view. Not only them but regular DC politicians and staffers think much the same way in my opinion. I think they have already convinced themselves they can go back to politics as usual, they are wrong!

bluemarlin on January 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM

But wait, I thought he was from Hawaii?

Or is that just his vacation state?

reaganaut on January 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Anyone wonder why Richard is giving up as Chicago mayor? His daddy died in the saddle there.

Methinks Jr. has sold off the tollways, parking meters, and everything else he could loot until there is nothing left to steal. Now Rahm (or Carol) will get to preside over the Detroitization process.

And the revolving thug door in DC keeps on spinnin’.

GnuBreed on January 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

You’re right bluemarlin, to even consider a Daley Chief of Staff Obama has to be delusional

ORconservative on January 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Proof that The One is ready to inch back towards the middle over the next two years?

I doubt it. I think he’s going to double-down on the crazy, just like Carter did. The only difference is that Carter had a Democrat congress his last two years, so there was no one to keep him in check. The Republican house might get Obama re-elected in spite of himself.

jaime on January 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

The Chitown machine thinks OBlahBlah needs a little closer supervision after the slacker dope fouled up the Olympics bid and Movin Gitmo to their backyard.

Maybe they plan on a naval shipyard for their hometown buddies before Saracuda wins 55 sates and ousts the frauds!

dhunter on January 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

These thugs have no idea how the rest of the country views them, do they?

ORconservative on January 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

They don’t care. They know they have the power, so they just don’t care.

petefrt on January 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

portlandon on January 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The indictment thing has been in the wind for a long time. Most of us thought he’d go down before the Blago. The man should be behind bars for what he did to Mieg’s Field in the middle of the night.

Yes, cancer.

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

GnuBreed on January 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

US Atty Patrick Fitzgerald is well-known to have been trying for years to build a case against Daley. In fact, his pursuit of Blagojevich and Rezko were about finding a link to Daley.

I wonder if Daley got word about some new development in the investigation.

Robert_Paulson on January 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I wonder if Daley got word about some new development in the investigation.

Robert_Paulson on January 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

That’s the word on the street……

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Maybe BoBo can get an autographed baton signed by uncle Richard Daily and give it to Bill Ayers.

Hummer53 on January 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Hey, how ya doin? You gotta problem wit dis?

slickwillie2001 on January 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Violin cases in. Briefcases out.

viking01 on January 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

At the end of this administration there will be multiple “shovel-ready” jobs cleaning all the crap out of the White House and Washington.

wepeople on January 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

That would make Daley a Quiter then,and it is
awfully interesting that Liberals who throw in
the towel,in their particular positions,are pr
aised,

amd Lefty’s mindsets of Conservatives,as losers!!

Oh crap,Rahm was a quiter too!!!

canopfor on January 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Maybe Obie can get David Frum to be his Cheif of Staff..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Dire Straits:Brilliant,oh wait,he’ll get directions right
from inside the WH to perpare hit piece op
-ed articles!!:)

canopfor on January 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

canopfor on January 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on January 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Proof that The One is ready to inch back towards the middle over the next two years?

Hahahahaha!!!!!! Yeah, sure. This administration is all about style and appearance. Non-existent on substance.

GarandFan on January 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Who’s next on the list of influential Chicago Obama buddies? Oprah?

Secretary of State Oprah? She could sit the world’s leaders down on her couch and all our problems will be solved…

FireDrake on January 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Trumka and Andy Stern’s first choice, Jimmy Hoffa, ain’t available no more so it has ta be a Daley – one who knows were most of the bodies are buried – so to speak, ya know?

MayorDaley on January 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM

It figures that he would pick the most corrupt politician in the country.

crosspatch on January 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

That would make Daley a Quiter then,and it is
awfully interesting that Liberals who throw in
the towel,in their particular positions,are pr
aised,

amd Lefty’s mindsets of Conservatives,as losers!!

Oh crap,Rahm was a quiter too!!!

canopfor on January 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM
==========================================

OOPS,wrong Daley,sorry,misread!

canopfor on January 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

That’s the word on the street……

Knucklehead on January 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

What I’ve been hearing is that Maggie Daley’s cancer prognosis is less positive than Daley’s been letting on.
I’m sure he loves his wife.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 3, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Obviously Obama only picks the guys who let him eat lunch with…Obama has no depth, he can only choose who he knows.
I bet this pisses off the Baldwin brothers…

right2bright on January 3, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Secretary of State Oprah? She could sit the world’s leaders down on her couch and all our problems will be solved…

FireDrake on January 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

They made Shirley Temple an ambassador.

right2bright on January 3, 2011 at 11:28 PM

It’s the Chicago way or the highway.

Next we’ll have Antonin Rezko as Housing Secretary, and Jeremiah Wright as Czar of Faith-Based Initiatives, leading us in prayer: Give us this day our Daley bread.

And if we want brothers of famous people, how about Tony Rodham as White House Counsel, and Roger Clinton as Drug Czar?

Merry Fitzmas, America!

Steve Z on January 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

“Proof that The One is ready to inch back towards the middle over the next two years?”

It is not possible to go back to a place he never was.

woodNfish on January 4, 2011 at 1:59 PM