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Posted at 1:57 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Daley's career

By Ezra Klein

Thanks to commenter JJenkins for pointing me to this terrific Chicago Magazine profile of incoming-chief of staff William Daley. I won't attempt to summarize the piece, because it's worth reading in full. Daley comes off, it must be said, as an incredibly impressive guy, though that's more based on quotes than results. Still, this is quite a statement: "When asked if he thinks he would have won the election if Daley had joined the campaign earlier, Gore says, 'Yes, I do.' How much earlier? 'Given the closeness of the outcome in Florida, maybe a week earlier.'"

My current take is that Daley probably has the right organizational and managerial skills and the wrong political and policy opinions for this job. Maybe that's good enough. At the end of the day, Rahm Emanuel got overruled on a lot of the policy questions too, but I think he did a fairly good job on the "actually getting things done" side. Daley also seems to specialize in that. And if Daley represents the president's decision to improve his relationship with business by pushing an agenda more to the Chamber of Commerce's liking, well, that probably would have happened with or without Daley.

By Ezra Klein  | January 6, 2011; 1:57 PM ET
 
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Organizational and managerial skills are what's called for in this job. Obama is his own man and instead of some vilifying him for the choice of Daley as his Chief of Staff which seems all about ideological rigidity and a sense of entitlement that some get to choose Obama's appointments for him. Maybe we could focus for more than a New York minute on the big picture and less on minutiae. Another example of bullshit poutrage signifying nothing.

Posted by: PamelaF | January 6, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Cossacks work for the Czar. If Obama cuts deals with the Republicans, it's because he intends to, not because he was rolled or tricked.

Posted by: jnc4p | January 6, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what we need, more "Chicago-Style" hardball politics in Washington.

Nice job, there, Barry.

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | January 6, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what we need, more "Chicago-Style" hardball politics in Washington.

Nice job, there, Barry.

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | January 6, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"the wrong political and policy opinions for this job."

For whom? Seems like he is pretty much down the middle, like most of America.

Posted by: marteen | January 6, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ideologues? Maybe some of us, maybe just me, wants to be included in the making of Constitutional government policy...as other than the victim of it. You know, like having one's job NAFTA shafted. So tell me why you think the just left wingers, or just the right wingers, or just the centrists are the only ones that the Constitution refers to as "We the people in order to form a more perfect union..."? Where in the Constitution does it say it is ok to make treaties that make any one of us the victim like Clinton and Daley did? Where?

Posted by: denim39 | January 7, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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