Sunday, February 7, 2010

(Maybe) Must Read: Obama's Second Year

It isn't about health care reform, it is about governing, something you aren't going to hear much about on the evening news or even on the blogs unless you're crazy like I am and tune in to Steve Clemons once in a while.
And it's disturbing, which is why I'm going to go read it as soon as I tell you to read it.
It's a Financial Times analysis of the negative influence of Obama's "Chicago team."
One caveat: Clemons includes Arianna Huffington among the people Obama should be listening to. If I had had a mouthful of coffee when I read that, my keyboard would be ruined.
The upside is that Plouffe is back on board.
President Obama needs to take stock quickly. Read the Luce piece. Be honest about what is happening. Read Plouffe's smart book again. Send Rahm Emanuel back to the House in a senior role. Make Valerie Jarrett an important Ambassador. Keep Axelrod -- but balance him with someone like Plouffe, and get back to putting good policy before short term politics.
Set up a Team B with diverse political and national security observers like Tom Daschle, John Podesta, Brent Scowcroft, Arianna Huffington, Fareed Zakaria, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Harris, James Fallows, Chuck Hagel, Strobe Talbott, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and others to give you a no-nonsense picture of what is going on.
And take action to fix the dysfunction of your office.
Otherwise, the Obama brand will be totally bust in the very near term.

My only other quibble: even if "granularly" is a word, it should never be used.

UPDATE: Okay, I've read the Financial Times piece now. Not really insightful at all. Speculative with very little meat to speculate on. Disappointed.

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