This is Peter Rouse, President Obama’s new White House Chief of Staff. He looks about his business. Rahm Emanuel is out. He’s trying to be mayor of Chicago. Hope he’s read this.
A bit about the Mr. Rouse:
Senior Advisor to President Barack H. Obama. He was a co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a senior adviser to President Obama’s campaign, and chief of staff to then-Senator Barack Obama.
Rouse is very Colby College/Harvard/London School of Economics. and according to The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder:
He is a good steward of staff, an able operations manager, a smart and thoughtful confidant. He knows the Senate (and, by extention, Congress); he knows Mitch McConnell almost as well as he knows his former boss, Tom Daschle. He is politically savvy in an understated way, and has a knack for seeing around corners. (It was Rouse who noted to Obama that a “yes” vote for John Roberts’ confirmation as chief justice might not help his nascent presidential ambitions. It was Rouse who constructed the operation plan that ushered Obama from the Senate into his presidential campaign.)
in a rare, 2004 on-the-record interview, Rouse said:
”I am more interested in what people stand for and what my philosophical compatibility is. I have found only one Republican. All the rest of them have been Democrats.”
okay, so let’s see how this goes.