Monday, April 03, 2006

White House shake-up to continue?

Dan Bartlett, left, may replace Scott McClellan as White House press secretary, some GOP sources say. From CNN.Com

This is off CNN News:

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- Presidential press secretary Scott McClellan and Treasury Secretary John Snow could be next in a shake-up in the Bush administration, according to White House and GOP sources.

The possible departure of both men could be among "several senior-level staff" announcements to come within the next couple of weeks, said former White House staff members, GOP strategists and administration officials.

"You're going to have more change than you expect," one GOP insider said.

Under one scenario, Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, would replace McClellan, Republican officials said.

I'm not really sure what is going on here. Scotty McClellan being replaced? I can perhaps see why the White House would want to shake-up the press office, but the problem isn't with Scotty McClellan. The problem is that Scotty has had to push Bush administration lies and BS again and again--even when the American public, perhaps even the press, knew that what they were hearing was lies and BS. It is not the messenger that is the problem here--it is the message. Replacing Scotty McClellan with White House counselor Dan Bartlett isn't going to help the White House PR office--well, perhaps it may slightly since Scotty no longer will have to be the butt of jokes by the comics and political pundits. Continuing on:

But other GOP strategists said they believe McClellan's position is secure because of his close relationship with President Bush going back to Texas. McClellan was a communications aide to the president when he was governor of the Lone Star state.

Despite the administration's public comments of support for Snow, sources inside and outside the White House have said Bush has been ready to replace the treasury chief for the past year and has been searching for an "acceptable alternative."

Others are expected to survive the shake-up. Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, Vice President Dick Cheney's team, and Joe Hagin, Bush's deputy chief of staff, likely will stay, administration sources said.

The White House press office declined to comment on personnel decisions.

I'm not sure about the problem regarding Treasury Secretary John Snow. Because there is so little information regarding the inner workings and relationships that come out of the Bush White House, it is hard to determine why Bush wants to replace Snow? Perhaps Snow has not gained the extremist loyalty and trust from the president, or perhaps Snow has disagreed with some of the president's policies, which is causing the president to look for an "acceptable alternative" to Snow. While the president may have been willing to get rid of Snow for the past year, not only has the White House not found a replacement for Snow at the Treasury, but also any forced resignation of Snow would have shown that the Bush White House is not as strongly unified the PR-spinmeisters make it out to be. But with Andrew Card leaving, this presents an opportune time to clean house of any dissenters and critics within the White House.

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