This isn't a bad time to bring in Pete Rouse, a quiet workaholic who was former Sen. Tom Daschle's top aide for 19 years, as chief of staff at the White House, according to The Economist. Rouse advised then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2006 to make a "below the radar" plan to run for president in 2008, in case a "perfect storm" opened the door for him. If "Obama's first two years in office were the time for seizing opportunity and pushing through legislation, the next two may require withstanding a siege," the magazine notes. "Not a bad time, arguably, to bid farewell to the showman [Rahm Emanuel] and replace him with the strategist."

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