The great Washington insider scam rolls on. As Peter Schroeder of The Hillreports:
The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.Members of the president’s brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand to launch careers as advisors, consultants and hired guns.
The most recent example (one of many) of such cashing in on “public service” is:
David Plouffe, the mastermind behind the president’s two campaigns ... [who landed] a job with Uber, the up-and-coming app service that is battling local governments and taxicab companies over its business model.
Mr. Plouffe and other White House operators like former Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is said to be in talks with Apple, are being hired for their insiderness. Which is a new variation on the old formulation of, “He knows where the bodies are buried because he buried most of them.”
The Uber business model succeeds in the marketplace. But Uber and the public need permission from the government to conduct mutually advantageous business. Such permission does not come cheap and it must be midwifed by someone like Mr. Plouffe, who knows the game.
David Plouffe, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, tells a student newspaper at the University of Chicago that one need not be college educated to do politics. Plouffe states, though, that he thinks "everybody should have a college degree."
The students ask, "Do you think it’s necessary to have a college degree to get into politics?"
David Plouffe, a long time advisor to Barack Obama, went on this morning on ABC about the president's focus on raising taxes:
"Yes," tax increases need to be in the budget for Obama to sign it, Plouffe said. "There are plenty of loopholes" that need to be closed in the tax code, Plouffe said, suggesting where Obama will seek tax revenue from next.
There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows.
On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya. But on the other hand, David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser stationed at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, threw Ambassador Rice under the bus. Watch here:
Barack Obama adviser David Plouffe gave a statement to the press to say that his boss would leave the convention with "momentum" but that that the campaign is expecting "the race is going to be about where it was" before the conventions. Plouffe predicts that this "a problem for Mitt Romney."
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough talked about President Obama’s terrible poll numbers and said that some think “David Plouffe is now acting as president of the United States."
President Obama isn’t quite in hibernation. But he’s saying less, proposing less, appearing in public less, doing less, interacting with Congress less, plugging his health care plan less, and singling out a Republican demon less. It took two years and the harsh rejection of a midterm election for Obama to figure out what shouldn’t have been a secret: The magic of the presidency declines with overindulgence.