A movement to remove Valerie Jarrett as President Barack Obama's senior advisor appears to be gaining steam. And the fuel for the effort seems to be coming, cautiously and in fear of being outed, from Democrats, including some from within the White House.
Jarrett is a Chicagoan and a longtime friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, so anyone who pushes for her removal treads on dangerous ice. She has the president's ear, and that's what worries some. The supposedly bad advice she's giving to the president has led to the bad policies that has led to the shellacking that the Republicans handed to the Democrats in last week's midterm elections. Instead of a consigliere dispensing wise advice, for some, she is something of a Rasputin, manipulating an inept Obama.
In this regard, Carol Felsenthal, the always reliable and interesting political writer for Chicago Magazine, has laid out in delicious detail in Politico the behind-the-scenes battle now underway. Whatever your views are about Obama and Jarrett, this is fascinating and must reading.