Obama Campaign Advisers Left Out in the Cold

Members of foreign policy team passed over for more center-right candidates
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 5:06 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to a construction site of the Fairfax County Parkway connector in Springfield, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Prominent advisers to presidential candidates can usually count on having their pick of administration jobs after the campaign. Not so with candidate Obama's foreign policy team, most of whom shaded to the left, the LA Times reports. It stems from the president's decision to give the three top national security posts to Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and Gen. James Jones. They, in turn, have largely passed over Obama’s 300 foreign policy and military advisers in favor of more center-right staffers.

"If they're not running into Hillary people, they're running into Republicans," said a specialist for a Washington think tank of disgruntled campaign advisers. The administration denies any such shortchanging, with examples such as Susan Rice and Greg Craig. But they are the exceptions. "People are really angst-ridden," said one ex-adviser. "If you could harness all the nervous anxiety that's been generated by these foreign policy wannabes since last fall, we could be energy independent."