Greens to Daley: Don’t let the door hit you in …

posted at 12:10 pm on January 10, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Politico is reporting that environmentalists and green lobbying groups aren’t exactly crying in their beer over the rather abrupt upcoming departure of Bill Daley from the White House grounds. We previously noted that Daley quickly developed a reputation as a prickly fellow who had trouble playing nicely with others, particularly congressional leaders. But this new view seems to indicate that the Chicagoan was also becoming something of a drag on Obama’s base, angering them over his failure to prove his bona fides regarding causes near and dear to liberal activists.

Bill Daley left plenty of fingerprints on energy policy during his yearlong stint in the White House, but environmentalists will remember him most for undercutting EPA’s attempts to set tough new air pollution limits.

The outgoing White House chief of staff, who announced his departure Monday, is seen as the person to blame for successfully urging President Barack Obama last summer to halt the ozone standards.

Daley’s views became clear, greens say, during an August meeting with the American Lung Association and other public health officials. There, Obama’s top West Wing aide doubted the quality of their polling data and cited industry concerns about job losses connected to a tougher EPA rule.

“The guy was playing this as if it was some sort of backroom Chicago political deal,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. “Unfortunately, he was dealing away the health of millions of Americans. I say good riddance, goodbye, get out now.”

Imagine the surprise everyone must be feeling. A guy like Bill Daley coming in and sitting down to start cutting political deals, ideology or principles be damned? Why… it’s almost as if they’re describing somebody straight out of the Chicago political machine! (/sarc)

The folks doing the griping cite Daley’s influence as a key factor in Obama’s decision to delay implementation of new EPA ozone standards last summer. They were also apparently alarmed at his willingness to meet and greet with a variety of powerful groups including the Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Chemistry Council, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and more. Of course, we shouldn’t take such stories as indications that Bill Daley is a closet, pro-energy conservative in the secret places of his heart. He was good at cutting deals, first last and always. And those were the players who needed to be at the table to make it happen. It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise to anyone, really.


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We previously noted that Daley quickly developed a reputation as a prickly fellow who had trouble playing nicely with others, particularly congressional leaders.

A Daley? You don’t say …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Team Odumbo really wanted to get a private equity guy COS in there to “school” him before Mittens does. Sorry mm.

FlaMurph on January 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The Death of Hopey-Change… By 2-1 Margin, Americans Not Only Reject But Fear Obama’s Reelection
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/the-return-of-sanity-americans-2-1-fear-obamas-reelection/
After three years of failed far left policies, Americans fear the return of the unicorn rider.
Via US News and World Report

Galt2009 on January 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

It should scare the crap out of everyone looking at who is left to “advise” the President. Hard-core idealogues. They don’t care if we have 20% unemployment as long as they get those damn ozone standards and dismiss all business as evil.

I don’t like Romney – almost my last choice. He is bought and paid for by the Goldman Sach’s consortium already. But he would be better than Obama.

Neomom on January 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

As Rush is pointing out, Daley wasn’t let go. He quit… in an election year… a year early. The interesting question is why.

petefrt on January 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Well that didn’t take long. Bet he’s regretting giving up that dynasty in Chicago right now.

Book on January 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I don’t want to just let the door hit all these people in the @$$ as they leave…I want to turn them around and kick them in the b@11s, as I say goodbye!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Obama’s apparently a wimp.
He hires people, they do their job and apparently Obama does not back them up.
Plus I am sure Michelle had a daily summary email on everyone’s work in the White House.

albill on January 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Rahm, gone.
Daley, gone.
Obama, still hanging around.

Let’s go for the hat trick.

fogw on January 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

FOUR Chiefs of Staff in three years…
unprecedented

mjbrooks3 on January 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I have a different take on this. Here’s Daley, who crossed ideaology with Zero and his leftist progressive minions. He got summarily booted.

Then we have Jim Huntsman, who kept his fairly influential position as Ambassador to China, only to step down to run for the Republican nomination for President. He wasn’t kicked out because of his ideaological differences with Zero and his leftist progressive minions.

So, what does this tell us about Jim Huntsman?

NOMOBO on January 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

We will, this NO-vember…

Khun Joe on January 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Actually, Daley may be a lot of things, but he is not as mind-numbingly stupid as Barry and the enviro-nuts.

Imagine trying to advise a complete imbecile who is that far “in over his head”. I don’t care who you are, that is not easy take – day after day.

Plus, if he had to actually deal with the greens and their irrational demands based on feelings and without anything close to a fact to justify killing jobs? Forget it.

Daley may be a lefty, but you can’t even spin this green nonsense anymore, it’s so absurd.

reaganaut on January 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Daley may be a lefty, but you can’t even spin this green nonsense anymore, it’s so absurd.

reaganaut on January 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

It was always going to come down to someone giving these guys two options: an undestroyed US economy or your green agenda. Can’t have both.

The only concern with this president is that it’s reasonable to conclude his mentaility would be “but the green agenda supports me at elections, so to hell with the economy.”

Elections come first, all other concerns are secondary to this guy.

Meric1837 on January 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I think he sees the writing on the wall that we may be seeing a new resident in the WH in 10 months. Maybe trying to distance himself now so the Chicago crew will take him back!

chickie on January 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

As Rush is pointing out, Daley wasn’t let go. He quit… in an election year… a year early. The interesting question is why.

petefrt on January 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

After supposedly not living up to the lofty liberal utopian dreams the base was feeling a bit unloved. They needed a fall guy to show that the administration is serious about making some real changes in 2013- so get out there and vote like last time!

Bunsin2 on January 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

“The guy was playing this as if it was some sort of backroom Chicago political deal,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.

Frankie, Obama was a creation of the Daley Machine and Illinois Combine.

Wethal on January 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I thought Daley was the last ditch effort by the money bags in the Democratic party and Wall Street to reign in the wackos in the White House.

red131 on January 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Obama’s top West Wing aide doubted the quality of their polling data

So we’re making scientific assessments of public safety based on polling data? Consensus!

trubble on January 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Green is the new Pink. When does the rest of the country figure out that the Green agenda is a front for socialist wealth redistribution?

Dr Evil on January 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Sounds like the enviro-weenies are ticked off that their agenda doesn’t get same rubber stamp treatment that benefits big labor. I mean seriously, how dare the Whitehouse COS actually communicate with these evil entities? Just because the President makes a big show over sitting down with business and industry leaders to discuss policy concerns doesn’t mean he’s really supposed to do it.

RobertE on January 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Boy, in less than 24 hours he’s under the bus and they are rewriting history to airbrush him out of the group photos as part of his political obituary. Where have we seen this before comrade?

tommyboy on January 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Green is the new Pink. When does the rest of the country figure out that the Green agenda is a front for socialist wealth redistribution?

Dr Evil on January 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

When the economy crashes because we are all forced to work for Solyndra (or equivilent)

Bunsin2 on January 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Green is the new Pink. When does the rest of the country figure out that the Green agenda is a front for socialist wealth redistribution?
Dr Evil on January 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That’s why they call them “watermelons” – green on the outside, red on the inside.

tommyboy on January 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

They dislike him because he was cutting regulations. We should be praising him.

Blake on January 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

William Daley is a businessman. It’s all about the bottom line with him, and I can respect that. He understood the real world of finance, as opposed to the make believe world of politics and ideology that environmentalists live in.

His goal was to convince businesses that Obama wasn’t an anti-business Marxist, salivating at the opportunity to use the government apparatus to facilitate the redistribution of the business worlds’ assets to the proletariat.

Hard to do when Obama is in FACT an anti-business Marxist, salivating at the opportunity to facilitate the redistribution of the business worlds’ assets to the proletariat.

In any case, its already been proven that the EPA’s regs under Obama killed jobs… Are environmentalists complaining the EPA regs weren’t more stringent, thereby resulting in even greater job loss?!?!?!

Cubz_Fan on January 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Someone has to take the blame and it’s Bush’s fault doesn’t have the cache’ it once had.

Only the green contingent would be stupid enough to fall for the “Hey, baby, you know I am all about you. I was planning on meeting you at the protest, just like I promised, but my chief of staff wouldn’t let me. You know what a jerk he is. But just you wait, once he’s gone, it will be you and me, together for always.”

Lily on January 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Elections come first, all other concerns are secondary to this guy

I think also it’s easier to push killing a business or industry to save an owl or a salamander, or promoting clean air when unemployment is around 6% and people are generally less anxious about their home value, gas prices and high cost of food at the grocery store.

When it comes right down to it, even those who might lean green aren’t going to put their own welfare ahead of an endangered beetle.

I suspect Daley realized this, and he’s been around long enough to know that you need to pick your battles.

reaganaut on January 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

“The guy was playing this as if it was some sort of backroom Chicago political deal,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.

Bwahahahaha!

More’s the pity.

HitNRun on January 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“Unfortunately, he was dealing away the health of millions of Americans…..”

(based on our junk science)

He was also dealing with the economic health of millions of Americans….based on reality.

olesparkie on January 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Frank O’Donnell is president of  Clean Air Watch, a 501 (c) 3 non-partisan, non-profit organization aimed at educating the public about clean air and the need for an effective Clean Air Act.

Non-partisan? As a “non-profit” how much does this organization cost taxpayers?

Charlemagne on January 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Bill Daley left plenty of fingerprints on energy policy during his yearlong stint in the White House, but environmentalists will remember him most for undercutting EPA’s attempts to set tough new air pollution limits.

I never thought I’d see the day when anyone in this administration actually did something that actually makes sense.

UltimateBob on January 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Michelle’s Mirror has more insight on why Daley left:

I’m not sure why he suddenly decided to spend more time with his family, butt I am certain that it had nothing to do with the fact that Lady M was “distressed” by how a small group of “white Irish Catholic” families — the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans — “locked up” power in Illinois.

NOBO2012 on January 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I hope Obama was smoking at the meeting.

kozmo on January 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.

“I’ve got a little list… they’d none of them be missed.”

NaCly dog on January 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

OK Republicans. THIS is your argument about just who is obstructionist and exactly what is preventing job growth. This is about as compromising as Obama telling Republicans “We won” and John McCain “I won”. The case against these people is incontrovertable and no one seems to be making it (especially the House and Senate leadership. Alan West needs to be Speaker.)

Portia46 on January 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.

“I’ve got a little list… they’d none of them be missed.”

NaCly dog on January 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Bus’ness needs a lift,
Debts to be erased…
Think of it as thrift,
As a gift,
If you get my drift!

No?

Seems an awful waste…
I mean, with the price of meat
What it is,
When you get it,
If you get it…

Libraritarian on January 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I thought Daley was the last ditch effort by the money bags in the Democratic party and Wall Street to reign in the wackos in the White House.

He was. His job was to take out Jarrett and reassert some Party control and professionalism in order to avert disaster in 2012. His decision to leave now, rather than after the election, with Jarrett still in place, makes me think the coup failed, or that the powers that be in the Democrat party have decided to hang Obama out to dry, retrench, and attempt recovery for 2016, much as the Republicans came back from the dead after Obama’s election.

The timing and tone of Jodi Kantor’s book is very interesting. Its portrait of a totally dysfunctional White House operation dominated by two Lady Macbeths hissing in our weakling President’s ear is very damning; but the background to that portrait is the image of a first family too good and noble for the White House and the Office of the Presidency! This extraordinary, idealistic, compassionate but naive couple, concerned for their children, who gave up so much to assume the burden of office in order to save a country nearly destroyed by rampant greed and corruption, constantly foiled at every turn by hack politicians and petty officials. It’s a story for the ages, and the first step in spinning an Obama loss in 2012.

“She does think there are worse things than losing an election,” Susan S. Sher, the first lady’s former chief of staff, said shortly after the 2010 midterm elections. “Being true to yourself, for her, is definitely more important.” Back then, Mrs. Obama sometimes talked about what would happen if her husband lost in 2012. “I know we’ll be fine,” she told Ms. Sher.

Sure, there are worse things than losing an election. In the Obama’s case (and the country’s), it was winning one.

Mr. Arkadin on January 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Daley had two missions. Clean up the organizational mess in the White House, and make peace with the Wall Street and Big Business Demos who had dumped millions into the Obama campaign machine and were feeling shortchanged.

Well, the mess in the White House was a direct result of Barry letting Michelle and Valerie run things, and that wasn’t going to change. Daley mended some fences with the donors, but the realities of Obama’s ongoing vilification of Wall Street and Big Business were a problem that wasn’t going away. So very soon he was crossways with Michelle and Valerie, and with all of Obama’s support on the Left. Add in a little arrogance and an unwillingness to apply lips to Congressional and Senatorial buttocks, Reid’s and Pelosi’s in particular, and it is easy to see why it just didn’t work.

The personality problems and the political problems are basically pretty intractable. Just ask Rahm and Gibbsy.

novaculus on January 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.

Despite the promise of a new spirit of international cooperation, and reductions in tensions between the United States and Russia, the Science and Security Board believes that the path toward a world free of nuclear weapons is not at all clear, and leadership is failing.

So, how’s that Nobel Peace Prize working out ?

J_Crater on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM