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Sorry Democracy; Obama Brings in Two True Believers

President Obama’s decision to haul John Podesta and Phil Schiliro into the White House is bad news for the Republic. Because Obama is clearly finished with the messiness of democracy, and he intends to rule as much as possible from the White House.

Podesta will take over the job of presidential counselor Pete Rouse, while Schiliro is in charge of the White House Obamacare effort. Both will only be around for 2014, a political year when little is expected to happen on Capitol Hill. But clearly, much will be going on in the White House.

John PodestaI’ve known and watched Podesta and Schiliro for many years. They are partisan, true-believing liberal democrats. They are relentless and efficient. They have worked with Republicans – and are respected by many of them for their skill and forthrightness – but their passion is leftist policymaking.

Schiliro spent many years as the right hand man and alter ego to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), one of the most effective and partisan liberals in the House. He was Obama’s legislative director in 2009 and 2010, when his top achievement was ramming Obamacare through Congress without a single Republican vote. Podesta founded the Center for American Progress to combat centrist Democratic thinkers and provide a home to liberal wonks harboring a political edge.

Unconcerned with niceties, both will tell Obama exactly what they think. They’ll be devoted staffers – Podesta as White House chief of staff saved Bill Clinton from impeachment – but their dedication to policy is such that they’ll do what it takes to get the job done, even if it means upsetting the president.

Of course, this is what the insular Obama needs. This is not Valerie Jarrett II and Valerie Jarrett III, and I’m sure these new hires have her worried about her turf.

But Republicans should take this as an act of war. The twain are likely to rev up further the White House’s already manifest whatever it takes mindset and start furiously stamping the royal chop on executive orders related to Obamacare, the environment, guns – well, not guns, because they have embattled democrats from swing states they need reelected – immigration, income inequality, and whatever else they can think of.

As Conn Carroll notes in Townhall, Podesta in 2010 wrote the forward to a CAP report titled, “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change.” He stated:

The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy . . . The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated . . . The upshot: Congressional gridlock does not mean the federal government stands still. This administration has a similar opportunity to use available executive authorities while also working with Congress where possible.

Be afraid. Because the White House already makes it clear every chance it gets that working with Republicans is not possible.

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47 Responses to Sorry Democracy; Obama Brings in Two True Believers

  1. “This is not Valerie Jarrett II and Valerie Jarrett III, and I’m sure these new hires have her worried about her turf.”
    Hence…her recent more “public” appearances, e.g. behind HIM at the African appearance…

  2. O/T
    Keith sent me an e-mail requesting information on the problems we are having in trying to get a comment through on this site.
    I tried for 45 minutes to post a comment on the Mandela thread to no avail.
    Maybe this one will get through.
    The site would reset, my comment would still be there, I would re-submit and WordPress said that I had already said that,…..!
    Maddening.
    The comment never showed up.

    • AFVet I had trouble myself for a couple of days. I am now able to post. Sometimes however when I post to someone, my post is under a different parties comment.
      I am replying to your comment you posted at 11:11am 12-11

  3. Be forewarned but not afraid. We don’t have the option of being afraid. We lose everything if we allow ourselves to be intimidated. Legal challenges to presidential rule are coming down the pike. Unfortunately, Harry Reid’s move has tilted the courts in Obama’s favor, but this Podesta appointment might be an indication that Obama and the Democrats know that they are going to lose the midterm elections.

  4. The regime is calling in the cleaner to fix the mess made by Preezy Revenge and his coven of commies. Only difference is Podesta is way creepier than Harvey Keitel’s character, the Wolf. Too late guys. Your golden boy has lost the trust of the American people, and no matter how sparkling clean you get him, he’ll never regain that trust.

  5. “Among his many duties for impeached President Clinton, John Podesta was known as the “Secretary of [Feces]” for running damage control on Clinton misbehavior from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky.”

    If the shoe fits …. he’s gonna need waders.

    Keith: The WH never had intentions to work with Republicans. The Dems since Wilson have wanted only one thing – a progressive caliphate.

  6. OT – Keith, I’m not sure if it’s already been mentioned in comments on another post, but I’m just now listening to the of podcast of Mark Levin’s show from last night. In the first few minutes of his show, Mark cited your website and your post on Presudent Bush being booed at the Mandela memorial.

  7. Things like this can do a lot of damage that can’t be cleaned up by simply electing a new president. Let’s hope we get a truly inspiring leader as a candidate in 2016.

    And, to nitpick, Bill Clinton WAS impeached, as charges were brought against him. He just wasn’t removed from office.

  8. Townhall:
    “Podesta has not only returned to the progressive think tank he founded, the Center for American Progress (CAP), but he has also created a brand new think tank, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, to focus on just income inequality.”

    Looks like Podesta’s first attempt to rescue Obama – the cockamamie speech on income inequality at CAP last week – was a huge flop.

    Obama’s first choice to head HHS was Sen. Tom Daschle. Daschle turned down the nomination due to a ‘minor’ problem concerning back taxes. Both Podesta and Schiliro worked closely with Daschle in the lead-up to Obamacare. Podesta was on the short list with Sebelius.

    We’re heading into “High Noon” and ‘Gunfight at the OK Coral’ territory. Fasten your seatbelts! Obama wil be usiing EO’s as bullets.

  9. OT: almost
    Every time the subject is discussed, it’s called “immigration” reform.
    There is no need to reform our immigration laws, they work just fine.
    What the press and lawmakers are hoping for is to legalize the invasion of our country by millions of illegal aliens.

    Legalize the invasion of millions of Spanish-speaking Mexican nationals.
    That’s what we’re talking about.

  10. I take it as an act of war. Unfortunately the Republican Party is afraid and will make Obama’s international policy of appeasement look like acts of aggression in comparison.

  11. Sorry …….Podesta is nothing but partisan hack. Whoever commented on Zeke Emanuel is right on target!

    They will never replace VJ. I think she is the one with bomb strapped to her chest that is why she is always standing next to the President even in the bathroom stall. She and the Iranians have the trigger button controlling every move. Have you ever noticed that she no longer moves her lips when he speaks??

  12. Another day closer to civil war… I should have some calendars and other cheap novelty jink printed up. Like 54,271 0 days since the last civil war.

  13. And for all of you who are not on board with Paul Ryan’s budget deal — you are “ridiculous” — per John Boehner who is preparing for amnesty as I write this.

    • It’s a bit late to be replying on this thread, but in answer to both of your comments, I think the conservatives could play this to their advantage in the primaries.

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