New Card, Same Deck

The resignation of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card last week and his replacement with Joshua B. Bolten, who had been serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, signals no change in the Bush White House.

Bolten, like Card, is nothing if not a Bush loyalist. In Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, Bolten served as policy director. Before that, according to the New York Times, he spent five years at Goldman Sachs, where his duties included lobbying the European Union and serving as an assistant to then-Goldman Sachs President Jon Corzine, who is now the Democratic governor of New Jersey. Before becoming OMB director, Bolten was Bush’s deputy chief of staff for policy. In that role, he had a hand in the good things Bush did on domestic policy early in his presidency — such as tax cuts — and also in the bad things — such as the No Child Left Behind education law. Republicans on Capitol Hill met Bolten’s elevation with benign boredom.

"This is not a change," Sen. Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) told Roll Call, "this is just Josh Bolten moving from the OMB to chief of staff."