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Bruce Reed, an influential voice for moderation in the Democratic Party, is Vice President Joe Biden's new chief of staff.

Reed, who most recently worked as executive director of President Obama's deficit commission, succeeds longtime Biden loyalist Ron Klain, now bound for a job with former AOL Chairman Steve Case.

Reed has a deep resume. As a leading light for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, and then domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, he was widely respected as an intellectual force behind the "New Democrat" movement -- a bid to nudge the party toward stronger stands on national defense issues and also more business friendly policies. With Clinton, he worked on landmark welfare reform legislation that ended the much-maligned Aid to Families With Dependent Children program.

Reed's hiring is more evidence that the Obama White House is inching toward the political center as the president shuffles the senior staff. Reed's appointment follows the naming of another moderate, onetime Clinton cabinet member William Daley, as White House chief of staff.

"I've known and admired Bruce for over 20 years," Biden said in a statement. "We worked closely together to pass the crime bill in the 1990s (when Biden was a senator) and I've frequently sought his advice and counsel in the years since."

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In 2012 Obama and Biden and all members of Congress will be primarily judged by he job they are doing, just as they were in 2010 when Dems were booted in the largest Congressional ouster since the 1930's. So far, it's not looking good for them and 2012 may be a repeat of 2010, only this time will include the White House.

January 16 2011 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The American people are very impatient. It took eight years to get us into this mess, and the voters are expecting miracles. The voters want to throw the bums out, but they have no idea of who they are voting for to replace them. At this rate, we will be switching gears every two years, and you cab believe that nothing will get done.

January 16 2011 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We need to have a single payer health insurance program

January 15 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply

I don't think this is proof at all that the White House is moving to the center. This is all for re-election results. Posturing, propping up and getting those votes. That's my opinion.

January 15 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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