National Confidential: Mitt Romney announced a key member of his economic team whose past statements and affiliations could hurt the campaign. Gregory Mankiw, an economist who was chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, has previously called for a carbon tax, explaining in the New York Times that “if we want to reduce global emissions of carbon, we need a global carbon tax.”
Mankiw also caused controversy when in 2004 he described outsourcing – shipping American jobs overseas – as “probably a plus”.
As a former member of the Bush administration, Mankiw may have to explain why he should be trusted on economic issues after the former President’s record of causing massive deficits while also providing insufficient oversight in advance of the global financial crisis.
GOPolitico seemed upset about this: “It turns out that if you are a successful enough writer, commentator and author, it’s possible that you can get the ear of the president.”
And they accused Spitzer of “gushing” all over Fareed Zakaria.
It’s true, it would be so much better if the President chose not to listen to respected authorities on the Middle East like Zakaria – why not take the advice of Middle East experts like the two Donalds, Rumsfeld and Trump?
Also troubling for GOPolitico, presumably, was the revelation that the President is spending time “thinking about the issues of the Arab Spring”.
PS Jake Tapper: “President Obama is not particularly known for effusive emotion, but one cannot help but think he too will have moments of sadness when this close and devoted aide, who has dedicated so much of his life to him, does not come in to work.”
President Barack Obama, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and personal aide Reggie Love, check on the score of a NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game in the Outer Oval Office, March 20, 2010