Power Lawyer in Obama Aministration

The New York Times profiles Gregory Craig who will be Obama's White House counsel. In doing so, it provides this description of the types of power lawyers in Washington:

In a city consumed by power, power lawyers come in various stripes. The scandal lawyer extricates politicians from sticky situations. The celebrity lawyer represents big names. The talk-show lawyer sounds smooth on Sunday mornings. The lobbyist deal-maker lawyer uses political connections to open doors. The policy wonk lawyer advises behind the scenes.

Craig, the Times writes, is a "classic" of the protoype power lawyer. How so? [More...]

He has mastered the Washington revolving door, going from the private sector to government (in addition to his work for Mr. Kennedy, of Massachusetts, he was a top aide to Madeleine K. Albright when she was Mr. Clinton’s secretary of state) and back again.

His client roster has been studded with familiar names, like John W. Hinckley Jr., Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin; the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn; and Mr. Kennedy, when the senator testified in his nephew’s rape trial. And he is facile with the news media; Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, says Mr. Craig is likely to play “some sort of public role” in the Obama White House, a departure from the Bush White House, where lawyers were kept under wraps.

Among his friends: Karl Rove.

He counts Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s political guru, as a friend; Mr. Rove said Mr. Craig would “serve the new president and the country with great integrity.”

Lanny Davis emphasizes how Craig, during the '60's, eschewed the left:

“That was our shtick,” Mr. Davis said. “The biggest enemy was on the left — the people who were engaging in violence and making it impossible to win back the center of the country.”
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    Lets hope he is as (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by SOS on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 11:39:52 AM EST
    skilled and effective as Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger.

    Not to mention (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by gyrfalcon on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 02:07:51 PM EST
    the as yet unnamed captain of the ferry that first arrived on the scene and maneuvered so delicately yet so rapidly to get right up to the plane in that fast-moving current and get people off without so much as nudging one of those big wings.  Amazing.  NYTimes has some incredible Coast Guard video of the splashdown from a distance, but then closer of the folks pouring out onto the plane's wings and the boats racing to the rescue.

    Karl Rove? (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by oldpro on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 01:08:41 PM EST
    I have Republican 'friends' and Republican-leaning friends but none of them are in the 22% Bush camp.

    Karl Rove?

    That's about as postpartisan as you can get.

    It's not only the public schools that need minimum standards...

    Even in the 22% camp (none / 0) (#4)
    by weltec2 on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 08:33:59 PM EST
    there may be some well-meaning people but there are those like Rove who do not even belong around polite company... who are beneath having any conversation with... no less friendship IMO.