Skip to comments.John Podesta to step down as Center for American Progress president, (Advising Hillary)
Posted on 10/24/2011 7:57:29 PM PDT by opentalk
John Podesta will step down as president of the Center for American Progress, an official at the organization said today.
Podesta, who served as Bill Clintons last chief of staff from 1998 to 2001, founded the center in 2003 with a core of wealthy liberal supporters and transformed it into the Democratic Partys key policy and politics shop.
Podesta, 62, will remain the centers chairman, and will also serve Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a day-a-week volunteer, the CAP official said, but is not immediately expected to take on any other public role.
...Podesta will serve as an "expert consultant" to the State Department, an official there said, advising on foreign policy priorities.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Why does the Sec. of State need a hack?
Specifically, he'll work on "leveraging diplomacy for development; elevating the role of energy and economics in foreign policy; and, civilian power and the transitions occurring in the Middle East (Tunisia, Egypt and Libya)," the official said.
Soros, manipulating the middle east, and anti-Israel agenda.
How that man has eluded prison is beyond me.
How low will B.O.’s poll numbers need to get before she jumps in?
Perhaps Podesta’s real goal is to take Qadaffi’s seat and become Libya’s new strong man...LOL. He is perfect for the job!
Hildegarde is running! You heard it here first!
Arab Spring removes secular regimes, installs Iran surrogates.
Coordinate attack on Israel with Wag the Dog in CONUS to prevent 2012 elections.
Libyan shoulder-fired missiles in the mix.
Maybe a promotion for Hillary.
See also Ron Brown and Vince Foster.
Gone but not forgotten.
“Podesta chaired President Barack Obamas transition, and about a third of the staff of the Center for American Progress went into the Obama administration.”
Hmmm...maybe time to plan another transition...for you know who?
Scary thoughts, Phil.
I predict Obama will not be on the ticket—something will happen to him before then and Hillary will be drafted to take the spot (I further predict she will run with John Kerry as VP). What will happen to Obama—I don’t know. Could be a scandal, a health problem, a something that will pull him from the ticket in such a way as the Democrats can blame the GOP, the Tea Parties, etc... and in that way keep the Black Vote.
They are on a roll, soros will try to speed things along. He seems to have a personal issue with Israel. His time is running short.
She’s part of obama’s team. She has agreed with everything he’s done. He’s putting her on the ticket. Biden is going under the bus.
Hillary and Bill for that matter were both taken out by the regime in SC. That’s how zero got elected. She doesn’t have the stomach to try it again believe me. She’s a power monger but basically gutless.
In a Presidential election if the candidate does not spend all the money who gets it when he loses?
October 25, 2011
Tanden heads CAP
I wrote last night about the succession moves at the Center for American Progress, and talked to the new president, Neera Tanden
PUBLIC LIVES - The Wonk, er, Woman Behind Mrs. Clinton
New York Times, The (NY) - Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Author: JOYCE WADLER
It was Ms. Tanden , signing on with the exploratory committee in July 1999, who moved to New York from the White House and worked with Mrs. Clinton, researching and developing policies. She was 29.
It was Ms. Tanden — with, she wants you to know, her staff of six — who challenged Rick A. Lazio’s first major policy proposal, a tax-reduction plan, in August. In two hours Ms. Tanden prepared a detailed financial response. Finding the facts and figures to defend her candidate's position is a large part of her work.
Watching Ms. Tanden in action at the Hillary 2000 headquarters on 34th Street is not permitted.
But you can accompany Ms. Tanden , informal, fast-talking, connected to her cell phone as to a body part, across the street to the restaurant she frequents these days, the cafeteria in Macy's basement. She works 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. Her husband hates her work, Ms. Tanden allows in an unguarded moment. She makes a quick, politic adjustment: he doesn't hate the work; he hates the way she brings the work home, the stress.
Stress is a word you hear a lot from Ms. Tanden . She was speaking to the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison about a job when she signed on with Mrs. Clinton; maybe that would have been less stress, she says.
Does she mind being called a policy wonk? “I'm pretty wonky,” she says. “I'm wonky because I know about the Section 1115 waiver, I know they help community health centers. New York State pioneered community health centers. At the White House I felt like I was politically inclined for a policy person; on the campaign I feel I'm more wonky.”
Explain the difference.
“A wonky person cares about the policy and how it affects people, regardless of the politics.”
As for how the wonk became a wonk, she's got a ready answer:
MS. TANDEN was born in the affluent community of Bedford, Mass. Her parents, who immigrated from India, had an arranged marriage. (”It tells you something about arranged marriages, because they got divorced when I was 5.”) Ms. Tanden ‘s mother , on her own with two small children, went on welfare after the divorce. The family received food stamps and, as Ms. Tanden puts it, “we had Section 8 vouchers for our housing.”
“The reason I'm so active in politics — literally the reason I've devoted so much time to politics and public service — is because of my background,” Ms. Tanden says. “I personally feel that if I didn't have the good public schools of Bedford, I wouldn't be the person I am today. My mother was on welfare for a couple of years, then she got a job as a travel agent. Finally, years later, scrimping and saving, she was able to buy a house. I know it sounds totally corny, but she really instilled in me a great deal of, y’know, sort of a desire to serve. The Democratic Party, the policies that the Clintons and Hillary believe in, I feel like a living example of someone who benefited.”
Ms. Tanden went to the University of California in Los Angeles and became involved in politics on the Dukakis campaign, where she met her husband, Ben Edwards, an artist. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1996, she worked on the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in California. She went to the White House, first in the press department, then as an aide in the domestic policy office. In the wake of the Columbine massacre, she worked closely with Mrs. Clinton on school safety issues. “I think after that she saw I could handle stress.”
There is one subject Ms. Tanden insists she never researched for the campaign: Mrs. Clinton's lack of popularity, for a time, among educated women.
“I'm happy it's turned around,” Ms. Tanden says. “It's always been surprising to me. If she met everybody, they would have a totally different impression.”
She herself has a very fond memory: Mrs. Clinton gave her a wedding shower at the White House.
“My mother was there,” Ms. Tanden says. She stumbles over her words a little, emotion making bumps in syntax, even for a wonk. “She, as an immigrant, with me first-generation and working there, she was ecstatic to come to the White House.”
Hillaryland: Top row, from left: Cheryl Mills, Tamera Luzzatto, Mandy Grunwald, Lissa Muscatine. Middle row, from left: Neera Tanden, Melanne Verveer, Capricia Marshall, Minyon Moore, Huma Abedin. Bottom, from left: Patti Solis Doyle, Ann Lewis.
I don’t think Hillary can win against a decent GOP candidate in this climate.
In 2010, GOP got almost 63% of the white vote. You cannot beat that if repeated in POTUS election. 57-58% will do it depending on minority turnout
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