Former Obama aides and other political observers say that, while the White House is chock full of talent, the campaign-type mentality of first-term aides who sought to win every messaging cycle is missing.
“Not to say there aren’t still good people in the White House, but the people the president most relied on in those areas have left,” New York Magazine’s John Heilemann said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“That’s a common phenomenon a lot of presidents face in their second term, but it seems to be hurting them,” he said. “The absence of a guy like David Plouffe is huge right now.”
h/t Jonah Goldberg