In a new column for the FT I discuss the Daley and Sperling appointments and what they might say about Obama's direction.

Mr Obama and his party have come to a critical moment. If the top White House appointments the president announced last week were not calculated affronts to progressive Democrats, they might as well have been. William Daley, who replaces Rahm Emanuel as Mr Obama's chief of staff, and Gene Sperling, who succeeds Larry Summers as head of the National Economic Council, have credentials to arouse the disgust of every left-leaning liberal.
The new recruits are not actually Republicans. That is about all a progressive could say in their defence.

Even so, I'm not convinced that Obama has decided to copy Bill Clinton...