Daley An Interesting Choice For Obama
The choice of William Daley as Chief of Staff is interesting, especially in light of the infamous “black party” comment and his concern about the Democratic Party leaning too left.
He was, in particular, a great source to the late Robert Novak, who outed Daley in his memoir (page 451) as the anonymous Midwestern Democratic source of an incendiary remark on Michael Dukakis’s failed attempt to keep Jesse Jackson’s profile low at the 1988 Democratic convention.
“For those of us who watched television, what they saw looked like a black party,” Daley told Novak.
“William Daley was no racist,” Novak assured his readers, but the comment is at least a reminder that his 2009 Washington Post op-ed urging Democrats to avoid the appearance of a leftward tilt is hardly new.Click here for reuse options!
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