What kind of change can we expect from a President Obama? Not much.
President-elect Barack Obama has answered bipartisan calls for the disbandment of the White House office central to the Karl Rove-style politics the Democrat condemned as a candidate. The office stays.
Patrick Gaspard, a New Yorker and longtime labor operative, will head the Office of Political Affairs, the Obama transition announced on Friday.
First, let me point out that the fact that it was a Republican that created this office (and the much-revered Reagan, to boot) is despicable. The government has absolutely no right to confiscate taxpayer money for political purposes.
What do defenders of the office claim it’s value is?
But others, particularly those who’ve served in previous presidential administrations, have defended the office, saying the nation’s chief executive needs someone in the White House to give him a sense of the political impact of policies and legislation.
If you have a President whose staff is unable to “give him a sense of the political impact of policies and legislation,” then you have a pretty incompetent President.
We’ll see much partisan sniping about this office, particularly as it appears that Obama has broken (yet another) campaign promise. However, what Republicans should be focusing on is the fact that this office should not exist, regardless of who the President is. Rather than putting all of the attention on Obama’s broken promise, Republicans should be explaining to the American people how they’re being robbed for political purposes.
Of course, the chances of this happening are pretty slim. To do so would mean criticizing Reagan as well as both Bushes, and we all know that our current GOP won’t criticize one of their own.