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Samantha Power

Power’s Return to Obama Team Shows Resignations Don’t Last Forever

December 02, 2008 03:58 PM
by Emily Coakley
After resigning in March, Samantha Power is working for Obama again. She’s the latest person to reappear after falling under the campaign bus.

Power Rejoins Obama Team

As President-elect Barack Obama builds his administration, word has surfaced that Samantha Power, who left the campaign in March after she called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton a ‘monster,’ is on the transition team.

Power, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” is a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

According to Politico, “Power was close to Obama personally, so her return is not particularly surprising. Many of her friends thought it was a case of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’” Power is supposed to be examining the policy, operations and people in the State Department. As Politico pointed out, her role could be “potentially a little awkward”; Clinton has been chosen to be the next secretary of state.

Power isn’t the only person dismissed during the campaign season who might show up again.

Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s campaign manager, has reportedly been offered a post “as the top liaison to the cabinet secretaries,” ABC7 Chicago reported. Solis Doyle was fired from Clinton’s campaign in February after the senator lost several races to Obama.

Background: Past political comebacks

In 1988, Michael Dukakis rehired John Sasso as vice chairman of his campaign. Sasso, a long-time friend and strategist, was fired from his position as campaign manager a year earlier for leaking a tape of Sen. Joe Biden allegedly using someone else’s speech without attribution. The tape led to other accusations and ultimately helped end Biden’s run for the presidency. 

During President Bill Clinton’s administration, one of his advisors, Dick Morris, resigned after it was discovered he had had several affairs. Politico listed it as one of the greatest “[c]areer swan dives” but Morris, a Republican, has stayed involved in Washington as an author and conservative pundit.

Ed Rollins
, who led several campaigns, including Ronald Reagan’s 1984 win and Ross Perot’s attempt in 1992, was chairman of Mike Huckabee’s recent bid to be the GOP presidential nominee. In 1993, he was a part of Christine Todd Whitman’s successful run for the governor of New Jersey. After Whitman’s win, Rollins drew scandal and a federal investigation after he claimed to give money to black ministers to keep their congregations from voting in the race. According to Portfolio.com, he wasn’t charged but the incident led to an “almost-permanent status as a political pariah.”

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