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Dunn Stays Out of White House

Anita Dunn, one of Barack Obama's closest political advisers, is returning to her media consulting practice -- bypassing the chance to serve in the first Democratic White House in nearly a decade.

"After the privilege of participating in this historic campaign I look forward to returning to my firm and bringing the fresh approach to strategic communications developed on the Obama campaign to new projects," Dunn told the Fix last night. "It is a unique opportunity to build on that experience."

Dunn's decision comes on the heels of the announcement by the Obama transition team that David Axelrod, a longtime campaign operative, would be leaving his Chicago media firm in order to serve as a senior adviser in the White House.

Dunn's connection to Obama goes back to the Illinois senator's first race in 2004 when she was the lead consultant for one of his Democratic primary opponents -- wealthy businessman Blair Hull. Whoops!

In the spring of 2006, Dunn was brought on to run Obama's Hopefund PAC, the result of her long ties to members of former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle's staff (Pete Rouse, Steve Hildebrand) who had begun to gravitate toward the Illinois senator.

Dunn was brought on to Obama's presidential campaign in April as Obama began to gear up for the general election. According to those who know the candidate best, his respect for her political acumen and know-how made her one of the people to whom Obama listened most closely throughout the campaign.

She will return to her firm -- Squier Knapp Dunn -- and begin the process of readjusting to the soap-operatic world of political consulting. Dunn's biggest client heading in the 2010 election is Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh who some Republicans believe can be beaten -- we're skeptical -- with the right candidate. (Gov. Mitch Daniels, anyone?)

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 20, 2008; 11:43 AM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , White House  
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The lead strategist of a presidential campaign really never makes a good White House staff.

We've had Karl Rove for 2004 and 2000 then Dick Morris in 1996, both terrible people. Then James Carville in 1992 and he knew well enough that he didn't belong in that role. And Lee Atwater in 1988, who began the type of negative personal attacks that the GOP still hasn't shaken off.

A campaign manager just doesn't make a good lawmaker and although Mr. Axelrod might be exception to rule, I'm betting he be to the first to realize that he isn't working out and resign with his dignity.

Posted by: Corey_NY | November 22, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris Scallizza, appearing on MSNBC television on Friday, November 21, 2008, confused a "glacier" with an "iceberg" saying that with a glacier, much of it remains under water! How can you, Mr. Scallizza, maintain credibility when you are so easily confused in a simple analogy? Glaciers do not have a substantial portion remaining under water! Icebergs do!

Posted by: slavsrule | November 21, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

DO YOUR POSTS TO THE FIX SOMETIMES GENERATE A "BEING HELD FOR BLOG OWNER" MESSAGE? DON'T ASSUME IT'S COMING FROM THE WASHINGTON POST!

Since it happened again to me today, this message for my fellow "Fix" contributors:

It is this blogger's belief that censorship of political blogs is coming from third parties who are surveilling, intercepting and tampering with internet communications of "targeted" persons -- an apparent unconstitutional violation of First and Fourth Amendment rights to free speech and freedom from unlawful searches and seizures.

Due to the sophisticated technology being employed -- via the insertion of "spoofed (read: faked) pages" -- mainstream media sites have no way of detecting this, because it is NOT happening on their end.

Could this be part of the government programs involving warrantless surveillance?

Read more here:


MORE SIGNS OF 'BIG BROTHER' PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP OF POLITICAL BLOGS

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/political-bloggers-beware-more-signs-big-brother-censorship

ONE OF THE ARTICLES 'THEY' DON'T WANT YOU TO READ:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 20, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

he changed it. Now its "nearly" a decade

Posted by: DDAWD | November 20, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

hahaha, I was about to make that exact same post. Multiple question marks and all.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 20, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

First Democratic White House in more than a decade??

Posted by: Jindal2012 | November 20, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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