February 6, 2008
Behind the Candidates
Having seen the name of Obama’s chief economics adviser Austan Goolsbee appear on a few blogs recently, I’ve become curious about who else is on the teams of the two lead candidates. Here’s what I’ve found:
Meanwhile, here’s a brief Telegraph piece on Team Hillary. Here’s a wonderful Washington Post write-up of the Clinton squad, “Hillaryland.” An additional WaPo rundown. The articles themselves give you such an interesting picture of the candidates’ leadership styles and expertise. And from these articles, here are some links on some of the big names (I’m likely to refine this list as I get time to look into it):
- Mark Penn: chief pollster and strategist
- Harold Wolfson: senior communications director (no Wikipedia link, using a NYTimes story)
- Patti Solis Doyle: campaign manager
- Mandy Grunwald: chief media consultant
- Leecia Eve: chief policy adviser
- Ann Lewis: senior adviser
- Terry McAuliffe: campaign chairman
- Foreign policy/national security:
- Domestic policy:
Conveniently, Foreign Policy in Focus just wrote up a handy little evaluation of the candidates’ teams:
Senator Clintonís foreign policy advisors tend to be veterans of President Bill Clintonís administration, most notably former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. Her most influential advisor - and her likely choice for Secretary of State - is Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke served in a number of key roles in her husbandís administration, including U.S. ambassador to the UN and member of the cabinet, special emissary to the Balkans, assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs, and U.S. ambassador to Germany. He also served as President Jimmy Carterís assistant secretary of state for East Asia in propping up Marcos in the Philippines, supporting Suhartoís repression in East Timor, and backing the generals behind the Kwangju massacre in South Korea.
Senator Barack Obamaís foreign policy advisers, who on average tend to be younger than those of the former first lady, include mainstream strategic analysts who have worked with previous Democratic administrations, such as former national security advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Anthony Lake, former assistant secretary of state Susan Rice, and former navy secretary Richard Danzig. They have also included some of the more enlightened and creative members of the Democratic Party establishment, such as Joseph Cirincione and Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress, and former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke. His team also includes the noted human rights scholar and international law advocate Samantha Power - author of a recent New Yorker article on U.S. manipulation of the UN in post-invasion Iraq - and other liberal academics. Some of his advisors, however, have particularly poor records on human rights and international law, such as retired General Merrill McPeak, a backer of Indonesiaís occupation of East Timor, and Dennis Ross, a supporter of Israelís occupation of the West Bank.