Gibbs is clearly angling for a senior adviser post post-midterms. The dull ineffectual Gibbs might seem like an unlikely choice to replace David Axelrod when he moves to Chicago and the re-elect campaign, but apparently Gibbs' role has been far more expansive than was previously understood. Last April, in a Washington Post profile that Gibbs might as well have written himself and titled "Gibbs Needs To Be Taken Seriously," we were led to believe that Gibbs, though the "consummate presidential confidant" who attended "all 33 hours of the Afghanistan briefings," limited himself to advising the President on his tone and "'conventional wisdom' promoted in the media." Draper tells a far different story.
Apparently Gibbs has a "faction" -- a faction so powerful that its advice outweighed Secretary Gates' after Rolling Stone published its infamous McChrystal profile. Gates wanted just a "reprimand,"
Where are those plants? Swing states? Has anyone actually read Rattner's book?
And finally we have, in his own words, Gibbs describing how President Obama put him in charge of the Gulf spill containment effort. Not just the mid-crisis PR campaign either:
Hey Mickey! What's going on here?