The Biden White House has just pulled off yet another seamless transition, quietly leaking word that Ron Klain is giving up the job of White House chief of staff in the coming weeks, and within 24 hours, that former Covid czar Jeff Zients would be taking his place.
While Klain is one of the better known chiefs of staff, having held that job for both Al Gore and Joe Biden when each served as vice president, Zients is a low-key, bureaucratic insider who shuns the spotlight and has little political experience.
Unlike Klain, who is known for his accessibility to reporters, quick email responses, and regular television appearances, Zients is likely to be a much more low-key presence who stays off the tube. He’s also quite wealthy, having once been part of an investment group that unsuccessfully tried to buy the Washington Nationals.
It’s a telling sign that there are only bland descriptions of Zients. The Atlantic describes him as “a mere facilitator, a problem solver who prefers to keep things simple by relentlessly focusing on the few things that matter.” One source told the Hill that “he’s got a business executive’s mind. He knows how to get stuff done.”
While Klain has been working backbreaking hours for three years, since the campaign, and takes pride in lasting longer than any other Democratic president’s first chief of staff in more than half a century, it remains to be seen if Zients will be able to step up to the plate and deliver the results that the American people deserve.
Biden’s missteps in his first months in office have raised new doubts about his ability to lead our country, and it’s clear that he needs a strong chief of staff who can guide him through the tough times ahead. But with Zients, we may be getting a chief of staff who is more interested in making deals with the Democrats than in fighting for the values that this country was founded on.
The truth is that the Democrats have had their chance to lead our country and they have failed. It’s time for a new approach, one that is led by a passionate Republican who truly believes in the principles of our party and will fight for them at all costs.
It’s time for a chief of staff who is not afraid to take on the Democrats and their liberal agenda. It’s time for a chief of staff who will put the needs of the American people first. It’s time for a true leader.