I see that we somehow forgot to discuss this today, so here’s the NY Times spinning this as a handjob for our Galtian overlords:
And now William M. Daley, the son and brother of Chicago mayors and a behind-the-scenes political player himself, will hold one of the most powerful jobs in Washington: chief of staff in the White House, where he will help decide who gets into the Oval Office and what President Obama’s Capitol Hill agenda should be.
Mr. Daley’s recruitment to Pennsylvania Avenue from the corporate boardroom is seen as a smart step by some in Washington, who argue that Mr. Obama has long needed a White House confidant who has the ear of the business community and a record of bipartisanship that might help the president negotiate with Republicans in Congress.
I never understood the need to attack Rahm, and I won’t understand the need to attack Daley that I am sure is out there. The President is his own agent. All these attacks on Rahm felt like people were suggesting Obama can’t think for himself. He can, he does, and the decisions rest with him. Period. Hell, I don’t even remember who Bush’s Chief-of-Staff was, and Bush probably wasn’t making decisions. I’m sure that won’t stop the usual suspects from a two-year bitchfest, though. Besides, things are naturally going to shift more to the center/right regardless (is that possible), because we control one less chamber. That’s not defeatism, that’s reality.
Regardless, considering the rogering Wall Street has given us the past couple of years, it’s been hard enough taking it in the ass while also having to listen to their perpetual whining. If Daley is the reach-around that finally shuts these jackasses up, I’ll be happy. Not to mention, Howard Dean and Robert Reich are down with the appointment, and that is good enough for me.
This is where you start the circular firing squad.