Axelrod, Gibbs to Join the White House

George Stephanopoulos has the story:

Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod has accepted the position of Senior Adviser in the White House, sources tell ABC News.

Robert Gibbs is also likely to join Obama's White House as Press Secretary, and Obama would like his confidante Valerie Jarrett to play a key role. The exact parameters have not been set.

It's not terribly surprising to see Barack Obama carry forward some of his campaign staff into his administration, particularly in the case of David Axelrod, who is reportedly very close with not only Obama but also incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Despite their very, uh, different personalities, Obama and Emanuel have one big thing in common: David Axelrod. Emanuel is one of Axelrod's closest friends; Axelrod even signed the ketubah at Emanuel's wedding.

They first got to know each other during Richard Daley's 1989 mayoral campaign and then worked on a couple campaigns afterwards. In 2002, Axelrod served as the media consultant for Emanuel's 2002 first Congressional race[.]


When Emanuel led the Democrats' efforts to take back the House in 2006, Axelrod was his chief political adviser.

We have seen that this team -- Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel -- is very good at campaigning (the first two in the course of the Obama campaign, Emanuel in the course of running the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee). Here's to hoping that their governing skills are in the same neighborhood as their electoral skills.

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Yes We Can (Be Healthy): Obama's Healthcare Agenda

By Lindsay Beyerstein, TMC MediaWire Blogger.

Before a cheering crowd in Chicago, Barack Obama thanked his supporters, his campaign staffers, his running mate, and his family for his historic victory.

I hope he also sends a nice note to Sarah Palin. He couldn't have done it without her.

Palin was chosen for her impeccable culture war credentials in the hopes of galvanizing the Republican base. Ironically, Palin energized the conservative base and the progressive base, in equal but opposite measure.

Palin's candidacy, as the running mate of a 72-year-old cancer survivor, forced us to imagine a young earth creationist, anti-abortion zealot in the White House. To their great credit, Americans said, "Thanks but no thanks."

The Obama victory can be seen as a mandate for science and rationality across the board, especially in health care policy. The economic crisis has become an excuse to ignore health care, but nothing could be more shortsighted.

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My Nominee For Obama's D.o.E Secretary: Van Jones, Esq.

Barack Obama's won the Presidency, but he faces an enormous and terrible array of problems left behind after 8 years of Bushevik environmental malevolence, and a minimum callous indifference toward the problems of ordinary people. The economy is in tatters, unemployment is sky-rocketing, and deep recession looms.

Pres. Obama's going to have to develop and implement progressive, environmentally proactive (non-militaristic, Keynsian) ways spend our way out of these looming social catastrophes. One obvious way is to put federal resources into the so-called "green economy": developing, building, installing, and maintaining the technologies that make individual citizens contributors to the national energy grid, not just consumers., and reduce wasteful, useless energy consumption. He needs to get people into his administration who have new and imaginative solutions. Van Jones impresses me as one of those people.
Learn more about him on the jump

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A Governing Majority

Most historians and pundits that I have read suggest that Bill Clinton's first two years as President were abject failures in large part because Clinton and his new and young team made strategic errors about how to spend the political capital he earned through his electoral victory.
With the excitement and intensity of the primary season behind us - and, I agree with Jerome, the lackluster beginning to the general election campaign foretelling a couple months of relative boredom - I think the blogosphere should devote some energy this summer towards developing a strategy for the first weeks and months of what we hope is unified Democratic government. As much as I enjoy McCain bashing and horserace politics (and trust me, I do), it is all just a means to an end. Some may think that I am putting the cart before the horse, but if we're not ready to hit the ground running well before January 20, 2009, we might squander the best opportunity for real progressive reform in several generations. I know from sources inside the Obama campaign that they are already preparing to govern - and well they should be.

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Gallup: Obama 52, Clinton 42

Drip, drip, drip.

PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama has extended his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% to 42%, the third consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report in which he has held a statistically significant lead, and Obama's largest lead of the year so far.


This marks the first time either candidate has held a double-digit lead over the other since Feb. 4-6, at which point Clinton led Obama by 11 percentage points.

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