Steve Benen: Bill Daley’s tenure as White House chief of staff has proven to be more difficult than administration insiders had expected…. It’s not a surprise, then, that Daley’s “responsibilities are shifting” in the West Wing:
On Monday, Mr. Daley turned over day-to-day management of the West Wing to Pete Rouse, a veteran aide to President Obama, according to several people familiar with the matter…..
…. Rouse served as acting White House CoS from October 2010 to mid-January 2011 – a time when the White House put together quite a winning streak. Rouse also enjoys strong support among White House staffers and, as a former leading Hill staffer, will get along much better with congressional Democrats. (Harry Reid, in particular, had no use for Daley, and was known to have complained about Daley directly to the president.)
As someone who was less than thrilled when Daley got the job, I’m not exactly sorry to see the “shift” in his responsibilities. Regardless, I’d argue the more Rouse is helping run the West Wing, the better.