Remember Karl Rove & gang operating from the White House? You thought that would go away?

Politico reassures us:

President-elect Barack Obama has answered bipartisan calls for the disbandment of the White House office central to the Karl Rove-style politics the Democrat condemned as a candidate. The office stays.

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I guess Karl wasn’t so wrong in saying he provided the standard

Do you see the election results as a repudiation of your politics?
Our new president-elect won one and a half points more than George W. Bush won in 2004, and he did so, in great respect, by adopting the methods of the Bush campaign and conducting a vast army of persuasion to identify and get out the vote.

Of course, Karl and I know that those methods really are coopting the media into the campaign plus dirty tricks – but he is essentially right about his methods being adopted, because, duh, it was planed this way.

So what of the political office in the White House?

has been strongly denounced by some Republicans and Democrats, including Obama’s former opponent Sen. John McCain, who vowed to abolish the office if he were elected, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), who issued a report last month recommending its elimination.

Besides, what can be wrong about it? After all, Ed Rollins likes it

Rollins urged Obama to keep the office, writing, “When he takes office, Mr. Obama will face major challenges. A political office that lets him communicate with his supporters and mobilize them for important battles will be essential.”

He was the White House political director from 1981 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1985.

Because Ed Rollins would never steer us wrong, would he?

The manager, Edward J. Rollins, said the campaign funneled about $500,000 in such “walking around money” from the state Republican Party.

Mr. Rollins said the campaign made donations to pro-Florio ministers who agreed not to press the Governor’s cause from the pulpit and payments to Democratic Party workers who sat Election Day out. (the word missing here is “black”)

Some even say this makes taxpayers subsidize reelection campaigns
“It’s not an office that should be subsidized by taxpayers, and it should not be part of the White House itself,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the government watchdog group Public Citizen. The office has no benefit for the public, he said

Silly rabbit – if it benefits Obama, it benefits us – you people are so behind with propaganda!

But rest assured: just as the bailout became rescue Once Obama pushed for it, so will the Political Office shall pretend to be something else by using different words (such as “compassionate conservative”)

An Obama transition spokeswoman said that keeping the office open does not mean the president-elect will default on his campaign promise to change politics-as-usual in Washington, which as a candidate he dubbed the “perpetual campaign.”

“An Obama White House will be focused on meeting the next challenge, not winning the next election,”

And I agree that calling this kabuki theater “elections” is passe.

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“Next challenge” is nice and vague and can encompass more – such as controlling political discourse, news, and dissent without worrying so much of elections which are pretty much all set. I’d love to know what the “next challenge” is. But I won’t too soon, if it’s true what they say

A former colleague recently described Gaspard to Politico as “hardworking, loyal and very private.

In related news h/t to Make them Accountable

Obama calls on his Internet campaign army to march again

because after all, Michelle warned you

“Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual.”

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.