The administration's second-term woes might have been avoided if only the first term spinners had stayed around. Amie Parnes of The Hill writes of speculation that if Gibbs and Axelrod and Plouffe were:
… still at the White House they could have helped prevent some of Obama’s second-term blunders, such as the decision Monday to give a fiery speech criticizing Republicans just hours after 12 people were gunned down a few miles away at the Navy Yard.
Doubtless those "originals," as they are called by one anonymous source (is there any other kind?) would, if they were still inside and had not left to make their fortunes, have made sure the economy was growing at 4 percent, Assad was either enjoying his retirement or rotting in the ground, and all Americans who were happy with their doctors and health care insurance in 2008 would be confident they could keep them.