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Annnnnd we’re back to Clinton staffers running everything.

I think that I've seen this movie before.

We already knew that the Democrats getting back Congress in 2006 resulted in the drastic change of… a lot of career Democrats getting their old committee chairs back; and now that Barack Obama has won the election, we get to see the drastic change of… a lot of career Democrats going back to work. Via Hot Air Headlines:

Obama gets the Clinton band back together

Here’s how you can tell the campaign is over and the transition has begun: Barack Obama’s aides now wear suits and ties, their desks are in the Federal Building on 6th Street in Washington, D.C.—and Clintonites are everywhere.

Obama’s victory in the general election produced what his primary campaign couldn’t: A swift merger of the Clinton Wing of the Democratic Party with the Illinois Senator’s self-styled insurgency. The merger began, during the campaign, in the policy apparatus—which is now rapidly becoming the governing apparatus. To give you an idea:

Thirty-one of the 47 people so far named to transition or staff posts have ties to the Clinton administration, including all but one of the members of his 12-person Transition Advisory Board and both of his White House staff choices.

Most of those appointees weren’t West Wing heavy-hitters, but lower-profile policy hands like former Deputy Secretary of Defense John White and former State Department official Wendy Sherman. They include former deputies to National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Defense Secretary William Perry, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and some currently work at consultancies run by those Clinton administration principals.

Now, in any other Democratic politician this would be unremarkable: after all, President-elect Obama needs to govern, and it’s either Clinton-era staffers or Carter-era ones if he wants people with experience. And, obviously, Carter-era staffers are pretty much automatically suspect, given the way that administration nearly ran the country into the ground. The bloom is not quite off the Clinton rose in that regard – although give it twenty years or so – which lets the next President load up on a bunch of people who have been quietly waiting their turn to take up the reins of power again.

It’s only remarkable (in the sense of “worth making a remark over”) in this case because there are probably a bunch of people out there who may be wondering exactly what kind of Change this really is. To which the answer is that it’s Change that you can really believe in – which is to say, Change from one set of predetermined Party apparatchiks to another. Put it another way: those folks essentially spent somewhere around a billion dollars or so to determine which person received the privilege of being able to give Wendy Sherman a government job.

Well done.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, yes, the similarity between the GOP’s starting position in 1992 and our starting position in 2008 has been noted. Increasingly gleefully.

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