Spurning a Too-Sterling Sperling
In 1999, former Clinton aide Matt Miller wrote a long profile of Obama’s new chief economic adviser, Gene Sperling, for The New Republic that was spiked for being too positive. TNR ended up running a scaled-down version of the piece, but Miller kept his original draft and has posted it on his website. The TNR editors were right — it is glowingly positive, but it also details a number of the moves Sperling recommended that President Clinton use to counter the GOP congressional leadership on economic issues. House and Senate Republicans should look at the piece for valuable insight into how the White House’s new top economic strategist thinks.