Carol Browner is leaving her post captaining the nation’s environmental and energy policy from the White House. Which brings up a very interesting question. WHY IS SHE DOING THIS?
It’s true, as is being reported, that her Holy Grail mission of cap and trade is finished on Capitol Hill, at least for two years. But there are many other exciting things going on to keep her busy, including the writing of carbon emissions regulations and a slew of other environmental issues.
And she’s hardly averse to hanging on to power, having served through both of Clinton’s terms as EPA director.
Just weeks ago, she was being mentioned as a possible new deputy chief of staff.
Browner appears to be another casualty of Obamas hastening move to the center. She is one of the most left leaning members of a increasingly less left-leaning White House, having served as a Senate aide to Al Gore, been a member of a Socialist organization – no, not talking about Gore’s Senate staff – and butted heads with other Clintonites and even the president himself as she pursued her environmental agenda at EPA.
She’s an activist in a White House where pragmatism is the now new rule. It’s possible even that she was ordered out by or found herself unable to work with the new Chief of Staff, William Daley, who is cozy with business and wants to run an orderly shop.
She’s also a native of Florida, where both Senate seats and the governorship are in the hands of Republicans. Time to move back and lay the groundwork for a campaign? Wouldn’t be surprised.