Like things were going so well before


The wheels on the bus go round and round:

Bill Daley struggles to fix Barack Obama’s slump

Bill Daley is off to a very rocky start.

The 63-year-old scion of Chicago political royalty was brought in as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff to provide fresh blood, corporate-world experience and adult supervision to a young, free-wheeling White House staff. But critics inside and outside the West Wing are questioning whether he is the tough, competent manager needed to shake up the operation and propel Obama into the 2012 election year.

To some extent, Daley has been a victim of the increasingly difficult political circumstances Obama has had to confront this year. But he’s also been hampered, paradoxically, by his own inexperience, and particularly by the fact that he lacks the deep Capitol Hill connections of his predecessor, Rahm Emanuel.

As a banker and former secretary of commerce, Daley’s ability to soothe relations with Republicans was a major justification for bringing him from Chicago — much to the disgust of many Democrats who wanted Obama to take a more combative approach after the 2010 elections. But Daley’s failure to achieve any negotiating successes has only intensified the chorus of criticism from Democrats that Obama is too willing to compromise.


Well *somebody* has to take the blame and it won’t be you-know-who.

Hillary Clinton spent eight years in the White House and then another eight years in the Senate. Sixteen years of insider experience. Not only that but she came with an unofficial advisor who knew how to get things done.

I’m not saying that Hillary could have fixed all our problems – in fact she probably couldn’t. But then again FDR didn’t make the Great Depression disappear overnight either.

Hillary exudes competence. With her in charge people could be confident that the nation was in good hands and that she was doing everything possible to fix the problems we’re facing. She would have crafted a better stimulus bill, pouring the money in at the bottom instead of the top. She wouldn’t have wasted so much time and political capital on health care reform that wasn’t reform.

Hillary wouldn’t be running around the country giving speeches and Potemkin townhalls. She wouldn’t be fiddling around at dinner parties while Rome burned. She would be wonking in the Oval Office, not hanging out with the rich and shameless.

If Hillary had been the nominee she would have offered Obama the VP job, making him the heir apparent. That wouldn’t have repaired his character flaws but at least he would have had eight years of training and experience before taking on the hardest job in the world.

Bill Clinton came to Washington DC with a lot more experience than Obama had, and he struggled at first in a time far less critical. But he worked long hours and he learned fast, improving his job performance as he went along. Obama has improved his golf game.

Bill and Hillary both wanted to be president so they could use the power of the office to make this country a better place. Obama wanted to be president so he could enjoy the perks of power.


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22 Responses to Like things were going so well before

  1. Mimi says:

    They are running out of people to blame. If they have reached the cannibalism stage it probably won’t be too long before he throws in the towel. Honestly would anyone take the chief of staff job now? Daley is the insider’s insider in the Democratic party. If the paranoid loonies around BO get rid of him then all contact is lost with the high level Democratic universe. I hope Obama fires him because Obama will be fired (figuratively) next. This hit piece confirms that they have completely lost the plot and their hair is on fire.

  2. votermom says:

    Comrades, this is a Public Safety announcement for Constitution Day:

    There is an APB out for a dangerous insurgent in a large vehicle covered in revolutionary rhetoric. Report any sightings to #attackcuda.
    WH threat level is at wee-wee Yellow.

  3. imustprotest says:

    Are you sure his golf game has improved?

  4. WMCB says:

    Interesting. Ya know, that whitehouse insider ulsterman dude has continually written that there has been conflict between Jarret and Daley from the beginning. She hates him.

    I wonder if in the midst of plunging poll numbers, Obama’s childish narcissist self is falling back on those his paranoid self trusts, longtime friends who stroke his ego, and is giving in to Jarret’s urging to fire Daley. Is he retreating to hide behind Jarret’s familiar skirts?

    Not saying I like Daley so much, but it is food for thought.

    • Dario says:

      I think the same insider said that Jarret didn’t like, or didn’t get along with Rahm. Maybe Jarret is like Chaney, a de facto president.

  5. bandit08 says:

    “Hillary exudes competence. ”

    On what planet?

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Dear America:

    You know Obama loves you. You know how special you are to him. So why do you keep trying to hurt him? Why do you keep backtalking and trying to take his money? Do you think he wants to ruin the economy? You think he wants everybody out of work? You made him do that, America. And if you keep it up, there’s more where that came from.

    What’s that? Oh, you think you can make it out there with a new president, is that it? Listen up: you were nothing before you met Obama. Nothing. So how about you just do as you’re told and shut that pretty little mouth, America. Then we won’t have any problems.

    Understand?

    Signed,
    Obama For America

  7. Dario says:

    To some extent, Daley has been a victim of the increasingly difficult political circumstances Obama has had to confront this year.

    If Obama has manufactured his “difficult political circumstances”. Obama had all the goodwill from the voters for more than two years to maneuver the economy, but he used that period to be the same arrogant a-hole who thinks he knows more than everyone else.

  8. propertius says:

    Hillary Clinton spent eight years in the White House and then another eight years in the Senate. Sixteen years of insider experience. Not only that but she came with an unofficial advisor who knew how to get things done.

    You forgot her experience on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation. I think that counts as insider experience, as well.

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