Some of this jockeying played out in the media, which might have soured Obama on both candidates. Alexis Simendinger reported in the National Journal about a week ago, "President Obama's top advisers are seeking an overlooked miracle worker who understands budgeting, Obama's agenda, politics, Congress, the media, management; is perhaps an economist, would go mano-a-mano with economic adviser Lawrence Summers, has no Wall Street or big-bank taint, and is not just another white male."
This morning, word came that neither Tyson nor Sperling had gotten the OMB job. Instead, it went to Jack Lew--another white male, who held the job in the Clinton administration. A couple of weeks ago, Lew's name was pretty far back on the list of contenders. So I think it's safe to say that the White House didn't find a miracle worker. Jonathan Cohn wrote a good overview of Lew on Sunday.
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