In an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush, the former Clinton chief of staff both compared Republicans to a massive suicidal cult.
FOX News reported:
Today, Politico confirmed that governing-by-executive-fiat is exactly what Podesta has in mind. The only shocking part of the story is Podesta’s justification for shredding the Constitution:
In effect, I was told, it represents the clearest sign to date of the administration’s interest in shifting the paradigm of Obama’s presidency through the forceful, unapologetic and occasionally provocative application of White House power. Podesta, whose official mandate includes enforcement of numerous executive orders on emissions and the environment, suggested as much when he spoke with me earlier this fall about Obama’s team. “They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” he told me.
The next six months could be decisive: If the president can’t move past the Obamacare debacle to reset the agenda through executive action and targeted legislative campaigns on climate change, immigration and the minimum wage, he might never be able to regain his footing. The West Wing also hopes Podesta can help restore Obama’s slipping reputation as a president who can be trusted to run his own government competently. “You always come in with the perspective that the best way to do things is to be an outsider in Washington, but governing is something insiders do, and that’s what John does best,” says former White House press secretary Mike McCurry, who worked with Podesta when he was chief of staff in President Bill Clinton’s second term. “They needed him.”
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