Barack Obama, in his victory speech Tuesday, called campaign manager David Plouffe the effort’s “unsung hero,” and his steady strategy is earning praise from Democrats, Republicans, and academics, the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reports. Plouffe, 41, said he’s not planning on a White House post, though there is speculation Obama will name him a senior adviser.
Admirers credit Plouffe, who’s “immune to the daily absurdities of politics,” and his “calm resolve” for a crucial decision: ignoring senior Dems who advised changing course when McCain jumped ahead in September. Administration role or not, his success with the Obama campaign means all doors are open, one analyst says: “It’s a question of what [Plouffe] wants to do.”