Why did Daley have to go?

From Politico’s MM report:

POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown: “Daley … was never a great fit inside the West Wing – and Obama and his closest aides realized that mere months into his tumultuous tenure. People close to the situation tell POLITICO that Daley decided to bolt nearly a year earlier than expected in part because he felt marginalized. He was still involved in most key meetings, but he had waning influence … Daley, a charming if blunt former Commerce secretary, had an even rockier relationship with key Hill Democrats, especially Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). So the selection of low-key budget expert Jack Lew as his replacement was greeted with relief among Democratic lawmakers. Daley … also so had a habit of freelancing, including his decision to sit down for a frank, expletive-laced interview with POLITICO’s Roger Simon – without informing Obama’s communications staff.”

I don’t know how this is playing out on TV – I don’t own one – but I remember 2004 when much of the Bush cabinet left. It was reported as proof of its disfunction. (It wasn’t true – there is usually great turnover in administrations, especially after an election, and always has been since Jefferson, Hamilton and Knox left the Washington Administration.) I don’t think it is a sign of disfunction – some people don’t fit in certain positions, and some personalities simply clash – but we will have to see how well Jack Lew is able to perform the duties. Will he empower or weaken the administration in its dealings with Congress?


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