January 30th, 2009
11:13 AM ET

Hardball politics stays in the Oval

Ben Smith

Despite his past denunciations of the “perpetual campaign” — and “political hacks like Karl Rove” — President Barack Obama’s version of change doesn’t include banishing hardball politics from the environs of the Oval Office.

Like presidents before him, Obama has imported pieces of his campaign into the White House, ranging from his own Rove, David Axelrod, to two dozen campaign staffers who will serve as liaisons with agencies. A top Iowa aide, for instance, is moving to the Environmental Protection Agency.


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  1. Soren Poulsen

    Why are Republicans now unifying against any attempts of working together by President Obama. The latest snup of declining his invitation to watch the Super bowl at the White House is an insult not only to the President, but to all the people who voted for the President. No President has had such a mandate to improve what is every day becoming an increasing disastrous financial mess.

    The Republican members of Congress should grow up and start working to correct this crisis which was started by their party and their President. Their spoiled child attitude is hurting every citizen of this country

    January 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  2. Adriana R M Atlanta,Ga

    A man's gotta do. What a man's gotta do.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Presidencies all start off the same--–what counts is how their term concludes. I think Obama needs to keep two faces; the offensive charm approach; and the Clint Eastwood get angry–make our day Mr. President. If he can balance both--he just might be effective.

    January 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |