David Axelrod is not Karl Rove, so what’s he doing in his office? Barack Obama was elected to bring change to Washington, but like his predecessor, he’s bringing his top political strategist into the White House. The Boston Globe questions whether that’s the best idea.
Bush’s brain gets inside the minds of Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and strategist David Axelrod to explain the president-elect’s success: “Messrs. Plouffe and Axelrod understood that over the last 28 years only 11 of 20 eligible Americans on average cast a presidential ballot. They focused on registering and motivating the other nine who don’t usually vote.” Yes, he wrote “Messrs.”
“Fun Steve is dead” was the announcement that Steve Schmidt, the McCain campaign adviser who The New York Times notes “worked closely with Karl Rove” in 2002 and 2004, made to his team at a particularly low moment last summer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the bombastic tactics Team McCain has since adopted can be traced to the demise of “Fun Steve.”
Hillary Clinton has parted ways with her chief strategist, Mark Penn, who left her campaign Sunday after his controversial moonlighting as a lobbyist reportedly angered both Sen. Clinton and her husband. Penn was said to be unpopular with other top-tier advisers, in part because of his sweeping influence over the campaign. Update: Not so fast.
Democratic powerhouse pollster Stan Greenberg has launched The Democratic Strategist, a publication that “brings together the latest solid research on public attitudes and social trends with extended, ongoing discussion of long-range Democratic political strategy.”