Dems 2008: Camp Obama sliding Goolsbee under the bus [Karl]
In the wake ofÃ‚Â the Goolsbee/NAFTA flap, in which Austan Goolsbee suggested to Canadian diplomats that Barack Obama’s protectionist rhetoric on trade might be just for politics, Camp Obama suddenly seems as though they have barely heard of the distinguished U of Chicago economist:
“I think Austan innocently went over there, half as a professor, half as a campaign adviser,” said Obama campaign manager David Axelrod. “He’s basically a volunteer. He’s one of the economists Barack talks to. He’s not in close and constant contact with the candidate.”
During the campaign, Goolsbee participated in an economic summit in New Mexico that Obama held Feb. 1. Other than that, his contact with the campaign has been almost exclusively with staff members, said policy director (Heather) Higginbottom.
Camp Obama has apparently not seen fit to inform Goolsbee of this, as he is identified as “senior policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama” on the blog he maintained on Obama’s own website.Ã‚Â One of Obama’s hometown newspapers, the Chicago Tribune, listed Goolsbee as a key economic advisor.Ã‚Â The EconomistÃ‚Â called Goolsbee Obama’s “chief economic adviser.”Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Obama fan Noam Scheiber featured Goolsbee as “ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top economic adviser” in The New Republic.Ã‚Â And GoolsbeeÃ‚Â was a co-presenter of Obama’sÃ‚Â economic stimulus plan in January before that summit in February.
That was then.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Now he is just someone The One talks to.Ã‚Â Had the topic been Iraq instead of NAFTA, he would have been unceremoniously dumped along with Samantha Power.