(Bill) Clinton's Return
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  • The big difference from 1996, though, is that Clinton was dealing with (and mishandling) a lousy economy. I doubt these little moves will matter much with voters when they finally have their ballot in hand.

  • Corlyss

    Let’s not get carried away here. Not only is it not 1996, Obama is not Clinton. Obama is such a rock-headed inflexible ideologue he will never be able to bring it off. He may make his base happy, but his base is less than 20% of the registered voters. I for one wouldn’t call postponing the Keystone pipeline a strategic win for his campaign. How many boots on the ground do the envirothugs have, compared to the unions, both private and public, who will be needed to hit the neighborhoods in 2012?

  • Corlyss

    Daley was supposed to bring a friendly, pro-business face to the Marxists/Alensky-ites in the White House. I don’t know when the media is finally going to absorb this critical lesson: Obama hasn’t learned a thing since he was a left-wing college kid.

    From WSJ Political Diary:

    Bill Daley’s Comeuppance
    Bill Daley’s “reassignment” at the White House raised political eyebrows this week as the chief of staff saw some of his daily duties redistributed to Pete Rouse, who served in the role briefly after Rahm Emanuel resigned to run for mayor of Chicago. If the former commerce secretary and JP Morgan executive’s appointment to the job was meant as an olive branch to the business community, does his demotion mean the rapprochement is over?

    Political pros noted that the reshuffling, less than a year after his appointment, was a sharp comeuppance for Mr. Daley, who has been faulted for fumbling the debt and deficit negotiations that deadlocked Congress earlier this year. Mr. Rouse is known for his diplomacy and has a smoother style than Mr. Daley. With the lousy economy being Mr. Obama’s biggest political challenge at the moment, the move may also presage a shift in the administration’s thinking toward more populist rhetoric heading into the election next year.

    The Daleys have deep Chicago ties — Bill’s brother Richard Daley was mayor for two decades before clearing the way for Mr. Emanuel. When Mr. Emanuel left the chief of staff job, President Obama’s choice of Bill Daley kept the revolving door between Chicago and the West Wing all in the family.

    There’s no love lost between Mr. Emmanuel and Bill Daley, however. Last month, Mr. Daley told Politico that the first three years of the Obama administration were “brutal.” He also criticized Congressional Democrats and suggested that Mr. Emmanuel was not as well loved as the legend has it. The revelations may have helped speed the political reshuffling.

    Mr. Daley’s financial résumé and corresponding compensation packages had made him a target of Occupy Wall Street protesters in recent weeks, an additional awkward twist for the president who would like to harness the movement’s anti-business sentiment for his own political purposes in 2012. Whether Mr. Rouse’s more politic style can smooth over the West Wing’s frayed relationship with Congress is a bigger question mark.

    — Collin Levy

  • shiblee

    It is the flaws of Democracy . stable democracy can not evade this , while unstable democracy what can do ?

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