After a slow start, the New Yorker’s weekly Campaign Tracker podcast has found a groove. This week they noted that Obama campaign policy advisers tend to be younger Democratic Party backbenchers and younger academics. In foreign policy, the backbenchers include folks like former assistant secretary of state Susan Rice, and former navy secretary Richard Danzig, scholars such as Samantha Power, and notable greybeards such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Anthony Lake and Richard Clarke. How will that mix of advsors change when and if Obama is the presumptive nominee? Will Austan Goolsbee continue to be front and center; will Dan Restrepo continue as Obama’s primary counselor on Latin America? To what degree will Clinton advisers Madeline Albright, Sandy Berger, and Richard Holbrooke become part of a retooled general election campaign– and, for Holbrooke, at least, potentially part of an Obama administration?
(Sunday’s Times of London suggests that Holbrooke may have to wait for his long-sought Secretary of State post– Dick Lugar is mentioned as candidate, fellow Republican Senator Chuck Hagel is floated to head the Pentagon– though I prefere the notion of Hagel as running mate.)