December 18, 2013


Can Podesta Save Obama?

Politico: "When President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, approached John Podesta a few weeks ago about taking over the high-aggravation job of White House counselor, the biggest concern wasn't that he would say no. After all, he had already done so twice before. Obama's team was more worried that Podesta would say no and that word of his rejection would leak, making the White House look feckless and desperate at the end of Obama's brutal fifth year in office. So, the circle of people in the know was kept to a small handful; it was so closely held that even the perpetually plugged-in 'Davids'--Obama confidants Axelrod and Plouffe--weren't consulted."

"That Obama's team couldn't afford to suffer even the minor embarrassment of a possible Podesta rebuff is a measure of just how precarious things have gotten less than a year after the president's triumphant second inauguration--and how much the White House could use the services of Podesta, the closest thing Washington has to a turnaround specialist for wayward Democratic commanders in chief."










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