Daley Stepping Down in “Rare” White House Shake-Up
posted at 10:40 am on January 12, 2012 by Karl
The New Hampshire primary preempted my mockery of this New York Times article, which had the audacity to run the above headline — without the quote marks — in marking the departure of White House chief of staff William M. Daley:
It was a distracting shake-up in a White House that has prided itself on a lack of internal drama, with a tightly knit circle of loyal senior advisers playing a steadying role.
In the real world, no president has gone through as many chiefs of staff in their first term as Obama has to date. And that’s just for starters, well beyond the shuffling of people like David Axelrod to Obama’s reelect campaign.
Consider Obama’s original economic team. Peter Orszag, Christina Romer, Larry Summers and Jared Bernstein are all gone, as is Austan Goolsbee, leaving tax-cheating Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner as the anchor of Obamanomics.
Melody Barnes was the White House’s chief domestic policy adviser. Not anymore.
Gen. Jim Jones is no longer Obama’s National Security adviser, after a tenure marked by sniping that sent Deputy National Security Adviser and Chief of Staff to the NSC Mark Lippert back to military service. That happened before Obama’s major Pentagon shakeup last April in which the vacancy caused by the departure of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was filled by Leon Panetta, whose seat at the CIA was filled in turn by Gen. David Petraeus.
The NYT’s propaganda here is risible, but interesting nonetheless. Reporting on a White House in disarray would underscore what happens when we elect someone with no executive experience. It would also raise the issue of whether any of these people were simply scapegoats for the failures of progressive policy.