Happy Hour News
Regular readers know I am not a fan of Ron Klain, who is the Chief of Staff for Handsome Joe Biden, and apparently a big fan of Queensbury rules of boxing. I won’t bore you with the details of why I don’t like him, [takes a dramatic sip of water and recalls Al Gore’s recount in 2000, too] I’ll just say he has poor political instincts for our era.
Anyway Klain is about to leave the administration, and then as if to make me suddenly miss him, they hint at Klain’s replacement:
Among those on the shortlist to succeed Klain include Steve Richetti, counselor to the president; Labor Secretary Marty Walsh; former White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; and Anita Dunn, a White House senior adviser.
We could go name by name, but two jump out as non-starters: Tom Vilsack who so ignominiously shivved Shirley Sherrod during the Obama years, and Anita Dunn who is allegedly a communications specialist and has done so well with the alleged document scandal (which has new documents today and she still doesn’t have a strategy), the Afghanistan pull-out, and so on.
Dunn, who has publicly ruled out interest in the chief of staff job, but would be the first woman in the post. She played a leading role in shaping Biden’s political and communications strategy, including the “ultra-MAGA” framing of Republicans that helped Democrats exceed expectations during the 2022 midterms.
Personally, I would like to see imminently qualified Susan Rice take the job, but I know that Wingnuttia would howl like a Banshee giving birth to a porcupine-velociraptor hybrid. Fortunately, the COS is not subject to Senate Confirmation, so the usual GOP sideshow would not apply.