Clint: Another amazing feature of this piece: It spends its last third chewing over where the non-campaign will rent an office.
Clint: Answer: No one knows, but likely spots are:
Clint: 1) Near or in Washington, where, you know, the candidate (i.e. incumbent president) lives
Clint: 2) Chicago, where the last campaign was.
Clint: Before reading this, I was thinking Hawaii or maybe Elkhart.
Greg: I think they may be kind of sick of him in Elkhart by now.
Greg: Both those choices sound kind of nefarious to me though.
Clint: How so?
Greg: It’s either “inside-the-Beltway politics” or “Chicago-style politics.”
Greg: Will be good for journalists to have clichés at the ready though.
Clint: Yeah, and credulously passing on this whole notion that renting space in Northern Va is somehow “better” than being in DC is, well…
Clint: hard to take credulously.
Greg: On that point, see this
Greg: Anyway—one thing in the story that might have been news, but really wasn’t, was the role that Organizing for America might play in “the re-elect.” Or in actually governing.
Clint: Yes! That would be interesting.
Greg: I’m not sure if it got a SIREN though
Clint: He is an excellent reporter, siren or no.
Clint: One last thing, and I’m guessing we’ll be done here.
Clint: this passage: “Other central figures are likely to be DNC Executive Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon; her husband, Patrick Dillon, who is deputy White House political director and is likely to bring his extensive gubernatorial contacts to Chicago; Mitch Stewart, executive director of the DNC’s Organizing for America; Jon Carson, national field director of Obama for America; and White House political director Patrick Gaspard.”
Clint: So you are telling me that senior DNC staffers and senior White House political advisors are “likely” to have big parts in the reelection campaign of the incumbent Democratic party?
Greg: Not just big parts — “central” parts.
Clint: Still, I’m a little worried here… This graf is totally unsourced.
Clint: How Game Change-y.
Greg: Yes. An author’s note on sourcing would have been appropriate.
Clint: But perhaps a little self defeating, no?