Role in White House for Obama Strategist?

Strategist Axelrod seen as key policy cog, but he could be a target in Washington
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 27, 2008 1:55 PM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., his wife Michelle Obama, left, and senior campaign strategist David Axelrod, right.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – With Barack Obama holding a lead in the polls, Democrats have begun discussing what, if any, role his top campaign strategist might have in an Obama White House, Politico reports. David Axelrod, say those who know him, is seriously weighing an administration position; where he ends up could be key to the trajectory of an Obama presidency.

“I think he'll do it,” says Bill Clinton campaign manager James Carville. “Obama trusts him, and he cares about policy.” But were Axelrod to weigh in on policy, he could be criticized for politicizing such decisions, as Karl Rove was under President Bush. Regardless of where he ends up, Axelrod will continue to advise Obama in some capacity.