Re: Rahm Accepts Chief of Staff Slot

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Nov 05, 2008 2:41 PM
I would disagree with the notion that Rahm will have less influence than if he were in the House.

First, the notion that CoS is a weak position is not really historically accurate.  Under George W. Bush, that was certainly the case -- his CoS' were (by design) not powerful. 

But Dick Cheney was Ford's CoS, Carter's "Karl Rove," Hamilton Jordan was his CoS, and James Baker was Reagan's CoS (just to name a few).  These were powerful leaders who had major influence.

The position can be very, very powerful -- and my suspicion is that Rahm will be a key player in an Obama Administration.