Klain is perfect for the role. He was chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden and Bill Clinton’s attorney general Janet Reno, aged just 31. He led the team that led the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He served as the chief legal advisor to the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden served him. He managed to successfully implement President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus bill.
And of course there is one appearance that makes him particularly well suited to today’s most pressing challenge – he was Obama’s Ebola Tsar.
A FEW Weeks ago I asked Larry Brilliant, the renowned epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, what is the only message he would bring to the daily press conference if he were president. He replied without hesitation: “I would start the press conference by saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce me to you Ron klain … Covid Zar. ‘”
Klain is not a Rahm Emanuel style ideologist. He is, and I only write this with the best of connotations, a true technocrat – someone who will break up shit with minimal effort or drama. As such, it is under no obligation to advocate silly, outdated notions of “norms and traditions” that are only used against Democrats and never against Republicans.
Anyone who believes that Mitch McConnell would not have changed the Filibuster Rules to validate Kavanaugh did not watch as he changed the FILIBUSTER RULES to CONFIRM GORSUCH !!!!! https://t.co/81DbttSrRE
– Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 16, 2018
Klain also has respect among the left, such as Bernie Sander’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir.
The “inner left,” which includes people like Shakir, who has a pedigree in Washington – he worked for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid – sees value in pushing the moderate (and elected) left. This group has respect for the likes of Klain, a frequent and fierce critic of Donald Trump MSNBC who, as Obama’s Ebola Response Coordinator, showed the world a few years ago that the United States of America actually knows how to contain a virus.
Klain’s work will be hard, and much more if we can’t wrestle the Senate against Mitch McConnell in the Georgia Senate runoff in January. But for the first time in four years we have competence in the oval office. Things look good and will look even better if sore loser Donald Trump’s coup attempt fails.