Jay Carney leaving the White House?

posted at 5:21 pm on March 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Put yourself in his shoes. He’s spent the last eight months defending a phantom “red line” in Syria, touting an online health-care exchange that didn’t work, and massaging a Crimean standoff with Russia in which the U.S. holds virtually no cards. With the possible exception of immigration reform, there’s nothing on the horizon legislatively that would make the White House happy this year and the very real possibility of another 2010-style beating from Republicans this fall — followed by two more years of bitter partisan warfare. You’d be burned out too.

Who’ll tell us “I have no information” or “I’d refer you to” someone else 85 percent of the time now?

Insiders very close to House White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicate that he’s on his way out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Mirror has learned. Carney has told people he’s leaving the White House soon…

Before that, Carney was a journalist for The Miami Herald and later TIME and CNN. In the last 48 hours, Carney has been getting press attention from outlets like The Weekly Standard and the New York Daily News for plugging his wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman‘s, book —”Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success” — during a press briefing. She has a new book on women and confidence co-written with BBC’s Katty Kay rolling out in mid-April.

In March of last year, Mediaite reported that Carney was “stressed and burnt out.” They wondered in a headline, “Time for Carney to go?”

His presumptive replacement is his deputy, Josh Earnest, who fills in occasionally for him now. Or maybe they’ll look to State and poach Jen Psaki, who recently reassured a Palestinian newspaper that the White House won’t require Palestine to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of any final peace agreement. O doesn’t want to leave office, I assume, having appointed fewer women to a plum spot like White House spokesman than Dubya did. And if Psaki doesn’t want it, there’s got to be some fair ‘n balanced reporter out there at a studiously impartial news agency who’d leap at the chance to be a mouthpiece for a Democratic president. That’s how they got Jay, after all.

Everyone thinks Carney will land as a contributor at CNN or MSNBC, but what kind of contributor? The kind who ardently defends the White House at every turn, like 95 percent of MSNBCers? Or the kind who, like his predecessor, takes care to criticize the White House from time to time to reestablish himself as an independent commentator? He’ll follow Gibbs on the latter path, I think; as a former reporter, it’s in his interest to rebuild some semblance of objectivity. There is, of course, a third route — he could write a tell-all book sandbagging the White House and endearing himself to the other party, like Scott McClellan did. (Jay Carney, Fox News contributor?) But then the media would hate him, and media’s his stock in trade. He’ll be a loyal soldier. It’ll be fun watching him on the funereal MSNBC election night roundtable, at least.

Update: C’mon.


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Good riddance, liar…

OmahaConservative on March 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

He’s just doing his job. Keeping track of all the lies must be very wearing. They keep changing.

crankyoldlady on March 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Before that, Carney was a journalist for The Miami Herald and later TIME and CNN.

I really admire him for being able to maintain his journalistic impartiality while stonewalling for the White House.

peski on March 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I nominate zombie Helen Thomas.

steebo77 on March 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Clown Carney

Resist We Much on March 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I thank God I don’t have to care what happens to Jay Carney.

RebeccaH on March 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

With the possible exception of immigration reform

Say what it is: “illegal alien amnesty.”

bluegill on March 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I might miss that sneer every time he lies!

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I will miss him, but then again I miss hemorrhoids.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

lol! I’m sorry for the outburst of levity… but “Josh Earnest” as a replacement for “Jay Carney” is just funny.

I thought Carney lived up to his last name in terms of hawking Obama’s snake oil ( Come one, come all! Step right up! )splendidly.

But since he’s apparently had his fill of peddling that particular brand of snake oil and the medicine show requires a replacement, up steps ‘Josh Earnest’ ( I’m not joshing you… I’m earnest! Really.)

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Don’t let the door…

jimver on March 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Jay Leno is unemployed.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Jay Leno is unemployed.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, but he is unemployed precisely because Obama wasn’t one of his sacred cows.

Resist We Much on March 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

It’s pretty tough for a professional liar to find employment outside of politics where he wouldn’t be indicted for plying his trade.

I wish him well.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

My collie says:

NASA is very busy testing potential replacement candidates for Carney. They are using the high capacity centrifuge test facility to test each candidate in order to determine his or her sensitivity to spin.

Yeah, mainly because any press secretary representing the Obama administration must be capable of routinely spinning at 9g (or more) in order to get the press corps to feed all of their lies to the public.

CyberCipher on March 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

plugging his wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman

nice phrasing there

Squid Vicious on March 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

It’s pretty tough for a professional liar to find employment outside of politics where he wouldn’t be indicted for plying his trade.

I wish him well.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

A liberal arts college.

crankyoldlady on March 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

His beard experiment was the first clue.

Give him a year, and he’ll have a ponytail down his back.

WhatSlushfund on March 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

C’mon, who wouldn’t want to defend this…

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/12/boom-chart-illustrates-difference.html

UnderstandingisPower on March 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

It’s hard being one of Obama’s Pajama Boys. Especially when you’re the one known as “the one with the pretty mouth”.

Padre on March 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Yeah, but he is unemployed precisely because Obama wasn’t one of his sacred cows.

Resist We Much on March 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Lois Lerner is qualified.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Say, what ever happened to Bagdad Bob after the Iraq war?

RoadRunner on March 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

All that spinning, he’s probably been diagnosed with Vertigo.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Give him a year, and he’ll have a ponytail down his back.

WhatSlushfund on March 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

ala Bruce Kardasian Jenner.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Say, what ever happened to Bagdad Bob after the Iraq war?

RoadRunner on March 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

He is the political advisor to John Kerry.

Wade on March 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Say, what ever happened to Bagdad Bob after the Iraq war?

RoadRunner on March 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

The last thing I heard about him was he turned himself in and they told him they didn’t really want him.

crankyoldlady on March 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

See ya, kai thnx bye

nor on March 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Well…bye.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

So he’s going to go back to being unbiased????

Good riddance. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

Blaise on March 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Time to start the search for Bagdad Bob . . . he will fit in perfectly with Obama and his gang.

rplat on March 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Is Al Gorezeera hiring.

22044 on March 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

bye bye sumbiatch, and remember, the internet never forgets

HopeHeFails on March 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

+100.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

You have to admit the guy did his job well. Of course, the job was pretty much impossible — explaining & defending the idiotic ramblings & policies of Obummer has to be right up there with sewer dredging.

KS Rex on March 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM

He’ll go to a leftist think tank like brookings

The sooner he leaves, the better because the msm likes him and protects his juvenile boss

matthew8787 on March 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

What a worthless POS. The only chance he has to make it right is to write a tell-all book and come clean on all the lies and cover-ups he was part of to assist the administration.

tej on March 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Well, to cut him a little slack, it’s a tough job lying for someone who cannot tell the truth.

HBowmanMD on March 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM

To replace this bald-faced lying scum, I suggest Jen Psakis of State, who repeatedly denied Kerry was on his yacht at Nantucket during one of the Syrian or Egyptian crises, right up through the time reporters were posting photos of him boarding it.

A perfect liar, and a ginger to boot.

Adjoran on March 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM

He should drop dead from the stress…bail before you die, Goebels-boy! The definition of LIAR, go to your just deserts…garbage-truck driver.

That’s what you’ve been doing every day in your nice suit, hauling BS trash into the press room. GTH!

Who is John Galt on March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

You all would be exhausted after having to lie every single day of your life.

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM

…about TIME!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 6:41 PM

He’ll be a loyal soldier.

Don’t count on it.

All the while playing Bagdad Bob, Carney has always appeared mildly agitated, in a “C’mon guys, don’t actually make me *say* it” kinda way.

I got a double saw-buck says he writes a *scathing* book, and winds up with fat pockets from Fox News.

Even Carney recognizes how fast the liberal left brand is crashing.

He’s too much of a weasel not to try to switch horses.

a5minmajor on March 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Who’d hire the Goebellian creep?

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 7:04 PM

It’s hard being one of Obama’s Pajama Boys. Especially when you’re the one known as “the one with the pretty mouth”.

Padre on March 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Bleeeck! (>_<)

avagreen on March 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Who’d hire the Goebellian creep?

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 7:04 PM

RT :)…there’s an opening there after that chick vacated it…

jimver on March 14, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I don’t think it should be that stressful to hand out talking points to the lapdog press.

HellCat on March 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I can hardly see what ignorant shill they replace him with.

KMC1 on March 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

NEXT UP AS OBAMA PRESS SECRETARY:

Jon Lovitz, who will have a new outlet for his “The Liar” character.

landlines on March 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Just who, in that Hell that is DC, will miss him?

Another Drew on March 14, 2014 at 8:09 PM

KMC1 on March 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

One of the Boopsie Twins (Psaki and Harf) from over at State.

Another Drew on March 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Barnum and Bailey.

Jaibones on March 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Bye, useful idiot.

Philly on March 14, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Over under on the salary some network and/or print news organization will give Carney for combat pay in service of his political party his keen insight into the workings of the Obama Administration? I’d guess the bidding starts at $2 million and that the winning news organization — as with ABC and George Stephanopolous 19 years ago — will give Jay his payday and ask him to explain zero tough questions about his statements as White House press secretary to the public.

jon1979 on March 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

As I always say, give the man a break. There’s no harder job than defending the failed policies of Barack Milhous Obama. Carney is just doing his (despicable) job.

Glenn Jericho on March 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Wait until Obama reads this in tomorrow’s paper!!

Deano1952 on March 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Wonder if The One, for Carney’s farewell, will return some personal article he borrowed stole needed from Carney a few yrs ago, framed with a picture of Himself, while giving a big speech **about** Himself? Wow!

I for one cannot wait for the next opportunity for Pres Obama to finagle for more attention, adulation and yea, worship for himself. He’s just awesome and Carney is so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend himself in the service of The Messiah!!!

#narcissistonmylastnerve

inviolet on March 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Carnie was an industrial strength lefty and dishonest lying apologist for all things Dem and prog-fascist as a “journalist” for Time.
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He doubtless has no regrets for being the lyin’ king for the regime or missed a beat as an adoring Zero propagandist.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

You mean “the Mouth of Sauron”? Good Riddance.

Texene on March 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

What’s Bagdad Bob doing these days?

joecollins on March 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

plugging his wife,

Poor choice of words.

gonnjos on March 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Those will be awfully big clown shoes to fill.

ncinca on March 15, 2014 at 12:06 AM

What I heard about Carney departure from WH source: he’s lobbying hard for ambassador to Russia job (he was Moscow bureau chief for Time)

He could hang out with his good buddy Ed Snowden. They do look similar…

Steve Z on March 15, 2014 at 12:31 AM

I gave up lying because it’s so exhausting. I’ll bet he’s exhausted.

John the Libertarian on March 15, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Can’t wait for the little punk to leave. Maybe he can be a correspondent in Venezuela. That’s where little commies feel good about their lives.

regmgr on March 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Sooo JAY…How are you going to get your self-respect back??

“plugging his wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman”

nice phrasing there
Squid Vicious on March 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

NO Negative NOPE … don’t believe that will cut it…

BigSven on March 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Will we hear a farting noise when he leaves?

landlines on March 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Carney’s kinda like a two-dollar streetwalker who’s worn out her naughty bits pursuing her trade. He’s just used up. He’ll fit right in with the presstitutes in the LSM. Sort of like Snuffleupagus did when he went from being one of Billy’s liars to a highly respected, oh, make that highly “rspected”, commenters at ABC.

oldleprechaun on March 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I bet Bagdad has missed him.

petunia on March 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’ll be sad to see him go.

He perfectly captures the mendacious smarminess of the Obama administration.

gwelf on March 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Either Martin Bashir or Alec Baldwin could fit right in on the arrogance scale without missing a beat. Their political cluelessness would be considered a huge plus.

MrKleenexMuscles on March 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM