It's a less-read Saturday so the Times can step out a bit. Today they shock us with both a pro-Romney piece - his management style isn't the hated Reagan or Bush 43, it's LBJ or Barack himself! Actually, his immersion in detail and fondness for talk evokes Bill Clinton, but maybe they didn't want to go overboard in what they consider praise.
As a companio piece, they have an Obama-basher: one of his top advisers, Anita Dunn, is doubling up as a big-time lobbyist:
Still, Ms. Dunn’s dual roles show the limits of Mr. Obama’s attempts to change the culture of Washington. Even as he pledged to curb the influence of special interests in the capital and has restricted the role of lobbyists in his administration, the president and his top aides continue to rely on political operatives like Ms. Dunn who also represent clients seeking to influence public policy.
“He’s gone in the right direction,” said James Thurber, a professor at American University, referring to measures that opened more White House records to public scrutiny and that slowed the revolving door between government and lobbying firms. “But in the wide sweep of things, he didn’t really change Washington that much.”
The White House is overrun by lobbyists? I have to blame Bush. Or the dismal economy Obama inherited - c'mon, those Dems have to eat, too, right?