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Turnover? Yes. A shake-up? Not really.

As Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson note, there's less to the turnover in the White House than meets the eye. CEA Chair Christina Romer was replaced by CEA member Austen Goolsbee. OMB director Peter Orszag was replaced by former OMB director and then-State Department deputy Jack Lew. The leading candidates to replace Rahm Emanuel, assuming he leaves, are internal wise men such as Pete Rouse and Phil Schiliro. National Security Adviser Jim Jones will probably be replaced by Deputy National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon. The exception is Larry Summers, who is likely -- though not certain -- to be replaced by someone outside the administration.

So you're seeing people leave, certainly. But they're being replaced by the people right beneath them on the organizational chart. That suggests that this is more about burnout than new directions.

By Ezra Klein  | September 23, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
 
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Say what you will, but there is only one Rahm Emanuel. There is no replacement, or anything close. His reputation for bullying and political strong-arming precedes him. With the exception of the President, he defines this administration more than anyone else. This is a shake-up for sure. I believe Rahm Emanuel's tactics alienated people instead of bringing groups together. Nothing said "Change" like selecting the James Carville of Chicago as your Chief of Staff. This shake-up will certainly be a good thing for the administration.

Posted by: RisingTideLiftsAllBoats | September 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

So, all white men will be replaced with white men. The one woman (white) was replaced by a white man.

Is a little diversity too much to ask for? Or are the only people qualified for these jobs white men?

Posted by: laurencita7 | September 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Who's replacing TARP Czar Herbert Allison? And who replaced Kenneth Feinberg? And whatever happened to the ethics charges that were on the front page a few weeks ago?

It's difficult to keep up with all of the Czars and Secretaries and payoffs: short of having a published guide to bribery, it might actually be effective just to give to Center for American Progress and let them distribute the graft as they see fit.

Posted by: rmgregory | September 23, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't they also promote from within like Goolsbee so he doesn't have to go through Senate confirmation because it is such a bottleneck?

Posted by: Mimikatz | September 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Face it boys, the biggest rats are deserting Obama's leaky boat. They know it's sinking and they don't want to go down with it.

Posted by: battleground51 | September 24, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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