[Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] The rumors are flying that Bill Daley--the former Clinton Commerce Secretary, current JP Morgan executive, and longstanding member of that Daley family--is under consideration for a senior White House position, "most likely chief of staff," as the Washington Post puts it.
The Hill is reporting that Bill Daley--former Commerce Secretary and brother of Chicago mayor Richard Daley--is leaning toward running for Roland Burris's Senate seat in 2010. This is interesting for any number of reasons, but one of them is what it does to Illinois state Treasurer Illinois Alexi Giannoulias, who's also leaning toward running. Both Giannoulias and Daley are tight with Obama: Giannoulias frequently played hoops with Obama; Daley played a prominent role on Obama's transition team.
The day after the Super Tuesday primaries, it looked as if Vice President Al Gore had wrapped up not only the Democratic nomination but also the presidency. He seemed poised to capture the great political center from Texas Governor George W. Bush, who, in order to secure his party's nomination, had mortgaged his convictions to the religious right. But since then the Bush campaign has made a fundamental transition—from a primary-election strategy based on party activists and interest groups to a general-election strategy based on wooing a broad electorate. The Gore campaign has not.