For this weekend’s reading list, we have a series of profiles of a number of important political figures, including two new folks in the Obama Administration, William Daley and Gene Sperling; the newly elected Democratic Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper; the chief Republican obstructionist, Mitch McConnell; and the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu.
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Brother Bill: A Look at William Daley – An in-depth look at President Obama’s new Chief of Staff, William Daley, from the February 2005 edition of Chicago Magazine. For the record, Winning Progressive thinks the Daley pick was horrible from the ideological perspective, but good from the perspective of helping the Administration be effective in getting things done in the much rougher political environment over the next two years. We hope that he was picked mostly for the latter rather than the former.
Unpublished Profile of Gene Sperling - This profile from 1999 chronicles the career of Gene Sperling, the pragmatic liberal who President Obama just appointed to chair the National Economic Council and who had the same position during the Clinton Administration.
The John Hickenlooper Exception – a profile by Frank Bruni in this week’s New York Times magazine of the new Democratic Governor of Colorado
Strict Obstructionist – a profile by Joshua Green in the Atlantic Monthly of Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Minority leader who crafted his party’s obstructionist approach over the past two years and has identified the defeat of President Obama as his number one priority
A Time Against Race – a profile by Justin Vogt in the Washington Monthly of Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans and member of one of Louisiana’s most famous Democratic political families