Barack Obama is moving the Democratic National Committee to Chicago and essentially absorbing it into his campaign, Politico reports.
Could that give the GOP more ammunition to attack Obama for his Machine ties?
“The move to Obama’s headquarters puts the Windy City squarely at the center of American politics for the first time since it was the scene of a Democratic Party meltdown at the 1968 convention,” Politico says. “Then and now, it’s a city whose central political feature– top-down machine control – is one legacy Obama has taken from his allies in the reigning Daley family.”
In a strategic sense, it seems like a smart move, though not everyone is happy about it.
“Barack Obama’s move to merge key elements of the Democratic National Committee into his own campaign’s Chicago headquarters appears aimed at the goal of a centralized and united Democratic Party.
“The shift of the DNC’s political and field organizing operations to Chicago will consolidate the Democratic presidential campaign apparatus more than in either of the last two cycles, when staffers at DNC headquarters overlapped – and occasionally competed – with aides to Al Gore and John Kerry . . . it also left no doubt about where the new center of power lies: On the 11th floor of an undistinguished office tower on Michigan Avenue.”
The move also gives the Obama campaign a chance to merge its organizing efforts into Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy – a strategy once mocked by Rahm Emanuel, who nonetheless was credited in some corners of the media with using it to recapture Congress in 2006.
A bigger irony, though, is that there apparently is one state not cooperating in the strategy: Illinois.
Because the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party is Michael Madigan, and as we all know, his agenda is his own.
On the other hand, with Obama taking closer control of the DNC than John Kerry did, his campaign – despite its rhetoric – may reel in Dean’s 50-state strategy and make sure resources go where they want them to go. After all, Obama is Dean on the outside and Emanuel on the inside.