A Dick Morris For The Obama Era

Unlike just about everybody else in the blogs, I really do not care that Bill Daley will be the next Chief of Staff. I'm not sure it matters really -- Obama does what he wants anyway. I do think that Greg Sargent has hit on something about the Daley pick though:

Now that Daley has been picked, there will be a fair amount of commentary to the effect that Obama has wisely received this message [that he was too much of a "socialist"] and is in the midst of a course correction.

Indeed, Daley will be Obama's Dick Morris symbolically. I wonder if Daley will try and get credit as Obama's Dick Morris? That is mildly interesting to me.

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    Daley wants to move Obama to the Center, (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:17:18 PM EST
    --from the Right.

    That's how the press is reporting it (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by david mizner on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:37:42 PM EST
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110106/ts_yblog_theticket/in-picking-daley-obama-edges-out -of-his-comfort-zone

    Daley's hiring will likely have its biggest impact on the shifting politics of the West Wing. A political moderate, Daley has publicly argued that Democrats need to move more toward the governing middle. It's a message that, if heeded by the president, could help him win back support among independents and moderate Republicans ahead of what's shaping up to be a grueling 2012 re-election campaign.

    What would Obama have to do to convince the Village that he is, and has always been, a centrist president, make out with Dick Armey while gutting Social Security?

    Listening to the (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:53:11 PM EST
    village is the biggest mistake any pol can do. Daley is bad IMO because it reeks of Chicago sycophancy more than anything else.

    Well, maybe Daley (none / 0) (#10)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:59:20 PM EST
    can convince Obama to privatize the nation's parking meters instead of social security.  Worked well in Chicago, so what could go wrong?

    The Chicago Daley connection (none / 0) (#17)
    by christinep on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:21:16 PM EST
    is so fascinating to me. The ongoing Daleys.... Don't get me wrong, it doesn't trouble me (since the Daleys do know how to get things done, as it were); it is just tremendously fascinating in its memory of the Kennedye and the many years later. Without being coy, it does ring with a serious intent to accomplish/implement positions. Realpolitik.

    That's what so maddening (5.00 / 3) (#11)
    by ruffian on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:15:12 PM EST
    The whole Village narrative is false from the get-go. What in the world makes them think Daley is out of Obama's comfort zone, if not for the false story they themselves created?

    Can't take it anymore.


    You live (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:28:14 PM EST
    by the media and you die by the media. This is largely one of Obama's biggest problems. He was too dependent on the media in '08 and it's come back to bite him in the butt.

    Daley (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by lentinel on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:38:17 PM EST
    This pick means two things to me.

    One is that Obama is totally useless and clueless.

    The second is that he is focused on being reelected.
    For what is anyone's guess.

    The third is that Obama (5.00 / 4) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:49:04 PM EST
    is a product of the Daley machine.  Apparently, Obama did not know Bill well, but you can be sure he knows Richie.  It is sometimes overlooked, but without the approval and support of Mayor Daley he would not have moved along in Chicago and Illinois politics.  Bill indicated earlier this week, that if asked, he would accept.  If Bill wants it, the chit comes in.

    And third (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:59:54 PM EST
    Daley knows where the bodies are buried....

    Ding! Ding! Ding! (5.00 / 0) (#16)
    by Pacific John on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:01:40 PM EST
    This isn't as insidious as it sounds. It's an way-overlooked truism that Obama won by playing by the Chicago rules. He played very tough in the caucuses, but didn't break the law. It's essential to his next campaign that his CoS has the same set of sensibilities that Obama's used every step of the way.

    Read John Kass' take on it (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 02:56:24 PM EST

    It might look like coincidence. But there's nothing coincidental about the Daleys. They're not fools. They're not dreamers. They're planners.

    Yet what's often left out of the official account of the Billy ascendency is his role as media manager. For decades now, Billy's been playing the role of background source to many establishment media types.

    It's a role he might well continue to play even as Obama's major-domo.

    A politician acting as a reliable source over years gets a break. And given the early coverage -- and the beltway media's historic reluctance to let readers in on the political back story of those who move to Washington -- it looks like Billy will be getting a break for quite some time.

    Washington reporters hoping to maintain favor with the Chicago gatekeeper would be advised to stay away from the following topics while researching the glowing puff pieces to come.

    Don't ask about Billy at Fannie Mae and his little buddy Rahm at Freddie Mac in the 1990s, or how that huge SBC deal went through in Illinois in 2003 when Billy was SBC president.

    Don't ask about those meetings back in Chicago, in the early 1990s, when Billy and family adviser Tim Degnan and others helped create those City Hall patronage armies -- which were later involved in illegal hiring -- to keep Rich Daley in power and elect allies like Emanuel to Congress.

    And for Pete's sake, never ask about the Chicago Way.

    maybe he IS a secret socialist (none / 0) (#7)
    by CST on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:40:51 PM EST
    imposter posing as a corporate sellout and he's gonna go all left-wing crazy once he gets a second term and doesn't have to campaign again.

    Hey, a girl can dream.


    Rerun... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by lentinel on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:37:20 PM EST
    He had to campaign for Lieberman.
    He had to vote for FISA.
    He had to ally himself with people like RIck Warren.
    He had to vote to renew the patriot act.

    But that is just to get elected.
    Once he's in office he'll turn it loose and be the progressive we all know he really is.



    Why not Rove? (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by observed on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:24:20 PM EST

    credit (none / 0) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 02:58:54 PM EST
    perhaps but he will not get as much attention until he gets his toes sucked and gets a slot on FAUX news where he is introduced 18 years from now as a "former top Obama advisor"

    that was my thought pretty much (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by lilburro on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:13:27 PM EST
    maybe his roots in the party (if not any particular Democratic belief) are too deep for that though.

    Ugh, I had to think about Dick Morris today...


    I guess that means (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 03:11:30 PM EST
    Rahm Emanuel is a socialist...

    Makes about as much sense as anything else these days.

    I like it (none / 0) (#18)
    by TJBuff on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 09:05:27 AM EST
    Of course, after the Deal messing with SS I'm rooting for one-termer.  A bankster as COS goes a long way towards that.