Podesta’s Podesta

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peter ogden twn.jpgWashington Post national security columnist David Ignatius in an article a few years ago branded Cheney chief of staff and legal consiglieri David Addington as “Cheney’s Cheney.” New Yorker correspondent Jane Mayer both in this conversation today and in her new important book (now #6 on Amazon as I write) profiling the Cheney gang’s role in embracing torture and undermining America’s values and ideals fills out just how “dark” that kind of typecasting is.
But in a more pleasant direction, TWN wants to congratulate international energy policy expert and all round nice guy Peter Ogden for his appointment as “Podesta’s Podesta.”
Ogden has recently become Chief of Staff at the Center for American Progress. While all parties will probably deny this, John Podesta‘s move matches the outreach from a different direction that the Obama campaign has been doing after Hillary Clinton dropped out of the presidential race.
Obama has hired several HRC acolytes recently to his policy team. Peter Ogden is a known Obama supporter — but his boss at CAP is one of the key helmsman of the sprawling Clinton franchise. So, while Obama’s team reaches out to the Clintonistas, John Podesta has elevated an Obama mover and shaker who also happens to be just very smart. The drama here is all my own fanciful speculation.
The real truth is that Podesta has a shop full of supporters (previous and current) of John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama — but occasionally would stop in his staff members’ offices when he heard one of his key team was supporting someone other than Hillary. Urban legend has it that Podesta would put on a happy, wry grin and say something like, “So, I hear you are working for Obama. You sure that’s the way you want to go?” According to source, he’s sort of wink, smile, the pitch of his voice would go half an octave higher — and he’s say, “no problem, no problem. . .”
Podesta is a master of subtlety.
But back to Ogden. One person close to the CAP Chief of Staff told me today that while Ogden may look innocent and appear a pushover, he’s tough and laughs at folks who “think they can roll him.” This sounds like pretty much the same mold as Podesta.
— Steve Clemons

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12 comments on “Podesta’s Podesta

  1. Mr.Murder says:

    Blackwater moved operations to Illinois?
    Obama won’t reduce contractors.
    He’s going to privatise Iraq to even deeper levels.
    Follow the Money.
    Blackwater rescued Alsammarae from an Iraqi jail for a failed power plant in Iraq.
    Axelrod knows why the caged bird springs….

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  2. David says:

    Mr. Murder,
    The Good Ship BHO is not Titanic. BHO is running for POTUS, not president of a particular interest group. And he is an able politician, a prerequisite to winning said election.
    The current New Yorker also has an excellent analysis of his purported flip flops, most of which aren’t.
    He is not going to hurt the down slate candidates. The only thing you can reasonably argue is that he will not help the liberal candidates (I am a hard core liberal) as much as he otherwise might, except if he is a winner, he automatically helps down ticket Ds, except in Maine, where they are bound and determined to return an R to the senate, for whatever their reasons.
    I think you might be afraid of an LBJ/Viet Nam with Obama/Iraq or Obama/Iran, but I think it is an unfounded fear. LBJ was always a Texas testosterone anti-communist, which proved the kiss of death to his New Deal Great Society agenda. Obama is not the product of any such foreign policy mindset trap, and he does not embrace reactionary American Islamophobia, nor does he consider Muslims expendables.
    The only problem would be if reactionary Israelis can get a military conflict going with Iran while Bush is still president, in which Obama will be caught in a US foreign policy trap that I do not know the way out of.
    Obama will see that constitutional protections are brought back to bear on wiretapping. That is who he has always been and will always be. The only thing he will do is try to find a way to make intelligence gathering relative to terrorist threats both robust and effective, but he is not going to suddenly become an anti-civil rights (in the broadest sense) Constitution shredder.

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  3. Steve Clemons says:

    MLS — take a happy pill. This was my tribute to a friend. It’s no different than what National Journal or Al Kamen in the Washington Post occasionally do when folks move into positions in town. Remember: Steve’s blog is steve’s blog. Thanks for being a little nasty about it though. If I didn’t pay attention to who got what posts — I would never have gotten involved in the John Bolton battle. So, smile….best, steve clemons

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  4. MLS says:

    What the hell was the point of this post? This is inside the Beltway shtick at its worst.

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  5. SassySuzy says:

    What a nice looking, smart gentleman.

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  6. ... says:

    Yeah, evidence abounds in political Washington of hiring decisions made based on tribal loyalty rather than on merit. Prejudices rule far too often.

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  7. lurker says:

    Steve, a nice tribute to your friend. It’s good to know who some of the other emerging DC star personalities are.
    Thanks!

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  8. Matt says:

    oops…that captcha thing is off its meds…

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  9. Matt says:

    RE: “he’s tough and laughs at folks who ‘think they can roll him.'”
    That sounds a lot like a description of Obama himself in the current New Yorker article about Obama’s political ascent.
    See here: http://tinyurl.com/69acxd
    Burns described the fallout of the Obama-Palmer race this way: “It established a reputation that ‘you’re not going to punk me, you’re not going to roll me over, you’re not going to jam me.’…”

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  10. Mr.Murder says:

    All the leaves in Aspen turn….

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  11. Matt says:

    RE: “…he’s tough and laughs at folks who ‘think they can roll him.'”
    That sounds a lot like a description of Obama himself in the current New Yorker.
    See here: http://tinyurl.com/69acxd
    Burns described the fallout of the Obama-Palmer race this way: “It established a reputation that ‘you’re not going to punk me, you’re not going to roll me over, you’re not going to jam me.’…”

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  12. Mr.Murder says:

    Deck chairs/Titanic.
    What’s important is, which hymn will we sing on the way down?
    This isn’t exactly a juggernaught Obama is zig zagging and flip flopping all over the map.
    In fact, the downticket races may be for naught if things continue on current course….

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