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So How Do You Define ‘The Same Washington Players’?

Barack Obama, December 27, 2007: “The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result.”
Vice President Biden: First elected to Washington office in 1972.
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Worked on his first congressional campaign in 1980; first presidential campaign in 1984; moved to Washington in 1993. Worked as Clinton staffer for five years; went to the board of Freddie Mac; elected to Congress in 2002.
Expected Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton: First came to Washington in 1993. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.
Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano: Anita Hill’s attorney during the 1991 hearings; Clinton appointee to be U.S. Attorney in Arizona in 1993.
Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle: First elected to Washington office in 1978.
Attorney General nominee Eric Holder: first began working at the Department of Justice in Washington in 1976.
Boy, good thing this administration isn’t full of the “same Washington players.”

UPDATE: Two more:

Greg Craig, the incoming White House counsel, began his career at a Washington law firm and started his career inside the Beltway as an aide to Ted Kennedy in 1984.

Peter Orszag, the incoming head of the Office of Management and Budget, worked on Bill Clinton’s National Economic Council starting in 1997 and went on to work at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office. He is the “fresh face” among the named staffers so far in the sense that he has only been in Washington for about 11 years.

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