Obama Hires Clinton Talent —to Avoid Clinton Mistakes
Hopes experience will smooth transition; Hillary's political team left out
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 14, 2008 2:10 PM CST
John Podesta was Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff in 1998-2001; Barack Obama tapped him to lead his transition team based on Washington experience.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama may be considering adding Hillary Clinton to his Cabinet, but his transition already has the feel of that other Clinton politician, Politico reports. Thirty-one of the 47 people named to new jobs so far are staffers who cut their Washington teeth in Bill Clinton's administration. The Obama camp is trying to avoid the rocky changeovers that plagued both Clinton and George W. Bush.

Obama’s decision to bring in a staff tied to the 1990s shows a concession to a Hillary talking point: that change requires experience. And, notes a former adviser to Clinton, who eschewed staffers with Carter ties in his “insular” transition, “the president-elect has the great good fortune of having a Democratic Party with a usable past.”