Gibbs is the son of librarians, two of the 10 percent of white Alabamans who will support Obama in November.
“Bobby,” as he was known back home, hated to read as a child and grew up to be a talker, now an increasingly hot one.
(Gibbs once called Axe “the guy who walks in front of Obama with rose petals.”) Noting the big run on Gibbs and Axelrod, a columnist for Politico told me they were the new “it guys” at the service, and of course they were, in part for devising a communications strategy predicated on indifference to this very onrushing club of D. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are mobbed as well; they can barely get to their seats: assaulted with kudos for the success of Morning Joe, their dawn roundtable on MSNBC and a popular artery in the bloodstream of the Leading Thinkers.
People keep pressing business cards into the cohosts’ palms, eager to get themselves booked, or their clients booked, or their books mentioned, just once, by Joe or Mika.
How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist.
How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress.
With a new Afterword by author Mark Leibovich, the book that is changing the national conversation about Washington is available in a stunning new edition. C., might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity.
“A new low, even for Washington tackiness,” Mika will lament of the funereal hustle. Hillary has just conceded the Democratic nomination.
But it’s important to be part of the conversation, anyone would understand. Bill and Hillary Clinton walk stiffly down the left aisle. It ended an epic primary saga in which Bill had disgraced himself, making unpresidential and maybe racially loaded remarks about Obama.
Next to Gibbs presides another beneficial destination: David Axelrod, a Democratic media consultant and kibitzing walrus of a mensch who orchestrated Obama’s run to the 2008 Democratic nomination.
Known as “Axe,” Axelrod is a sentimental RFK Democrat whose swoon over Obama is unrivaled even by Gibbs’s.
Heads lurch and the collective effects are unmistakable: that exotic D. tingle falls over the room, the kind that comes with proximity to Superpowers. Neither Clinton is in a particularly good “place” with Washington at the moment, or with the media, or with the Democratic Party—or, for that matter, maybe with each other.