So the NYT thinks Josh Bolton is going to shake things up on the economic and Congressional fronts. Now there’s a news flash!
Bolton is probably going to do more than that. This is a man who famously keeps longer hours than Andy Card does, and drives his staff perhaps harder than any other senior White House official.
In terms of bringing in legislative help, we’re hoping the name won’t be former Sen. Dan Coats, who may make a great Supreme Court nominee sherpa, but has gained the reputation since leaving office of being lazy. As U.S. ambassador to Germany, he was famous for spending more time on the golf courses in Europe than in-country, and was a major reason for the breakdown in the U.S.-Germany relationship. Relations between Congress and the White House are bad enough, we don’t need Coats to help things along a bit more.
Our pick would be a someone from outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s staff. With a year to go before he retires, he could probably “lend” the White House a strong legislative mover and shaker with the relationships on both sides of Congress to ease relations.