A Daley Departure

Yesterday’s announcement that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was leaving was not really a surprise. He had already announced that he would leave at the end of 2012.

But, yesterday he moved that date up quite a bit. Why?

Months back, a certain White House Insider predicted it, saying Daley’s resignation that will further the growing perception that the Obama White House is a place of internal disarray– which it absolutely is. And this event will also be a signal to those in the Democratic Party that Barack Obama’s re-election is not in their best future interests. It is time we cut our losses and begin the rebuilding process sooner rather than later.

Otherwise how would you account for his leaving just as the campaign season begins to heat up. At the Daily Caller, the reporter says:

The choice of Lew puts a veteran staffer of the White House, Capitol Hill and State Department in a critical position at a difficult time for the president. Obama hopes he can work through tough budget and economic issues with Congress this year despite fierce opposition from Republicans in the GOP-led House. Having a strong team captain who can deal with lawmakers, staffers and business leaders is considered crucial to their strategy.

But aides say Obama had faith in Daley to lead that effort, and that he had not been discussing making any changes prior to last week. Daley’s letter took the president by surprise, said three officials familiar with the personnel discussions that followed. They requested anonymity to speak about the internal talks in advance of the public announcement.The choice of Lew puts a veteran staffer of the White House, Capitol Hill and State Department in a critical position at a difficult time for the president. Obama hopes he can work through tough budget and economic issues with Congress this year despite fierce opposition from Republicans in the GOP-led House. Having a strong team captain who can deal with lawmakers, staffers and business leaders is considered crucial to their strategy.

It would seem Daley has had enough of the Obamas. In the past, Michelle Obama has voiced her opinion that Chicago was run too much by “white, Irish Catholics.” Certainly Daley is one. He is also a part of a dynamic political machine, so he definitely is signaling something by getting out now.

When first appointed, Daley was touted as the “adult in the room.” Pundits were nodding as to how the Obama administration would now be paying more attention to business. They saw it as a palliative or peace offering and were happy to have Daley’s negotiating skills on the side of most Americans.

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