(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil Peter Orszag as his nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, two sources close to Obama's transition operation told CNN. Peter Orszag is a veteran of the Clinton White House, and current head of the Congressional Budget Office, is an expert on health care, pensions and Social Security policy. He worked at the Clinton White House as special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council and served on the Council of Economic Advisers.
Tuesday's announcement -- expected at a news conference in Chicago, Illinois -- would come a day after Obama unveiled his economic team, including New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner as his choice for treasury secretary and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as his selection for chief of the National Economic Council. Read about Obama's economic team
Okay, so the details are getting clearer. Obama is selecting people based on their smarts and their ability to get things done. Partisan street cred is not a big element of the mix. There is no Robert Reich to represent the left and support the case of Unions. What happened to all those leftist bits from Obama? Well, he is following the ususal script post election, steer to the center. Remember Bush, steer the ship sharply to the right post election? Well, that did not work, so let it go.
Try this out:
Yes Obama is taking ownership, so judge him accordingly. If he fails, you do not have to vote for him in 2012. Borger has a good crack- at House Minority Leader John BoehnerÂ .Â "he gripes, as he did Sunday in a same-old, same-old refrain that "the American people know that more Washington spending isn't the answer," the logical response is: OK, what do you suggest? Obama has already suggested tax cuts for the middle class, so you can't start with that. Got anything better to offer?"
If the Republican response to the economic mess is simply, stop spending money, well, that is not going to fly. Why did you guys not feel that way back when you voted for the original 100 billion stimulus plan? The way it's supposed to work is something like this: save money when times are good, splash the red ink when the economy falls off the shelf. But the Republicans splashed all the red ink back when times were good, and now they want to switch to black ink when the economy falls off the shelf-
because the president is no longer a Republican.