Mr. Sirota continues, “Though many Obama supporters feel strongly about particular issues, and though polling shows the country moving left, the Obama movement undeniably revolves around the president-elect’s individual stardom - and specifically, the faith that he will make good decisions, whatever those decisions are. With that kind of following, Obama likely feels little obligation to hire staff intimately involved in non-Obama movements - especially those who might challenge a Washington ruling class he may not want to antagonize.
“This is the mythic ‘independence’ we’re supposed to crave - a czar who doesn’t owe anyone. It is the foreseeable result of the Dear Leader-ism prevalent in foreign autocracies but never paramount in America until now - and it will have its benefits and drawbacks.”
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