[Valerie] Jarrett appears to exercise such extraordinary influence that in some quarters on Capitol Hill she is known as “Rasputin,” a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.
No one suggests that Jarrett is solely responsible for the administration’s slow response to the crises, contradictory communication, and labored political calculation that have become its hallmarks.
…Of course not. They merely leak such suggestions to the appropriate reporters* and let the Beltway consensus do the rest. Oh, don’t get me wrong: Barack Obama will be highly resentful of any attempt to remove his favorite sycophant and lackey, and he will fight his best to keep Valerie Jarrett. But somebody is going to have to take the blame for the Democrats losing the Senate, and everybody in This Thing Of Ours pretty much loathes Valerie Jarrett. Except for the Democrats; they loathe and fear her.
Guess we’ll see how it goes, huh?
*If you think that Beltway Democrats wouldn’t leak to the National Review, then you don’t understand This Town at all. Remember: this is the sub-culture that created the term of art known as ‘plausible deniability.’