“Rahm couldn’t have picked a better successor,” a former Senate aide who worked closely with Emanuel told The Huffington Post. “Daley has … managed to make people miss [him].” – Bill Daley Leaves Some Democrats Longing For Rahm Emanuel
Oh, the irony.
Obamaworld and Democrats are looking for a scapegoat. It was all a matter of time.
Lyndon Baines Johnson understood a couple of things about which Team Obama is positively clueless. First, it’s the importance of fear over love, which brings with it leverage. Secondly, relationships are destiny in Washington, particularly when dealing with Congress.
MR. CARNEY: Congress doesn’t need a phone call from the President to vote on legislation. That’s a myth. … – White House briefing, 9.15.11
Unfortunately, Obama and company think business is more important than the Legislative Branch of government, so, actually, Bill Daley is perfect for the President’s persona and leadership clubfootedness, which helped lead to the economic disaster we’re all living.
The book, by Ron Suskind, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, quotes White House documents that say Mr. Obama’s decisions were routinely “re-litigated” by the chairman of the National Economic Council, Lawrence H. Summers. Some decisions, including one to overhaul the debt-ridden Citibank, were carried out sluggishly or not at all by a resistant Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, according to the book.
Pres. Obama and his loyalists have always believed he would be enough, the magic portion of the political potion that would make Washington miraculously morph into a presidential machine to do his bidding.
Barack Obama is finding out that he is not a world unto himself.
I believe it was Peter Daou who wrote that the progressive movement, the base, the “professional Left,” whatever you want to call this contingent, was turning out to be the canary in the coal mine. However, the traditional media wrote off “far Left bloggers” as irrelevant for a very long time, as did almost always obnoxious Obama loyalists. But with the rumbling now coming from Democratic circles far and wide, from congressional quarters to fundraising big shots, all of a sudden the warnings from progressives are sounding quite prescient.
John Heilemann made mention of this fact on “Morning Joe” this week, but with a dismissive air, implying that when it came from mere bloggers, more importantly known as the progressive new media, it was one thing, but now that insider Dems are bellyaching to the New York Times, look out. Mr. Heilemann was not the only one to dismiss the political canary in the Obama’s reelection coal mine.
David Axelrod can spin this any way he wants.
Stories about Bill Daley’s dismal stewardship will be written.
But pining for Rahmbo? Incredible.
The problem with this storyline is told through the same old tale from so long ago. The fish always rots from the head.
Segue to the White House briefing yesterday with Jay Carney, which tells the rest of this sorry tale.
Q Okay. And then, lastly, on the jobs plan, the Speaker’s office says there has not been any outreach to them, even though — from the White House on the jobs bill, even though last week they requested a meeting. Is that true? And, if so, why hasn’t there been?
MR. CARNEY: Well, first of all, the President spoke a week ago. There will be ample time going forward for continued consultations with leadership and rank-and-file members of Congress as Congress takes up the American Jobs Act and hopefully passes it, so that we can do the things we need to do to grow the economy and create jobs. I don’t have any specific —
Q He said “pass this bill now” more than a hundred times in the last week —
MR. CARNEY: Yes. Well, that’s because it’s so urgent. He is reflecting —
Q Not urgent enough to call the Speaker, though.
MR. CARNEY: He is reflecting the urgency that the American people feel. And there will be, I’m sure, conversations between the White House and the leadership about this as we progress. But what we have — what you know about how Congress works and how Washington works is you need to keep people focused on the task at hand — because there’s so many other issues that can distract attention from the main, which, in this case, are the things we need to do to grow the economy and create jobs. And I’m sure the President will be, and members of his staff will be engaged very directly with Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate as this process moves forward.
Q Don’t you think he should call the Speaker before he reaches, say, 200?
MR. CARNEY: I didn’t know you were working for the Speaker on his scheduling. The fact is — he will talk to the Speaker, but it is — the President has put forward a detailed piece of legislation. The elements of that plan are very clear. The Congress can and should act on it very quickly. It’s not complicated. The proposals are very simple. And they reflect — they are the kinds of proposals that have gained bipartisan support in the past. So it’s not —
Q I understand — this is your thing now that when a reporter asks a question you impugn whether or not they have a political motive. But if the President —
MR. CARNEY: No, no, no, no, no. And I apologize. I simply meant —
Q The President goes out there — the President goes out there and says 100 times, “Pass this bill.” I’m asking has he called the man in charge of passing the bill in the House? It seems like a reasonable question —
MR. CARNEY: The President —
Q — and not one that is Republican-motivated.
MR. CARNEY: Jake, the President spoke with the Speaker on the day that he delivered his speech. I’m sure they will be speaking many times in the coming weeks and months about this and many other issues. It doesn’t —
Q But he doesn’t want it passed in weeks and months. He wants it passed now.
MR. CARNEY: He does. And it doesn’t require —
Q And he still hasn’t called the Speaker.
MR. CARNEY: Congress doesn’t need a phone call from the President to vote on legislation. That’s a myth. …