Takoma Park Liberals At The Core Of The White House

By Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post

White House domestic policy director Cecilia Muñoz jokes that she isn’t tempted to check her BlackBerry on her morning drive down 16th Street for this simple reason: She worries about taking out the president’s chief of staff or his labor secretary as they bike in from the same little corner of Maryland.

“I passed Denis one morning riding into work and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t want to be the person who wipes out Denis McDonough or Tom Perez,” Muñoz said. “I think about this every day, actually.”

Call them the Takoma Park
posse; small in number, huge in influence. Three of Obama’s top advisers — McDonough, Muñoz and Perez — are longtime members of the community, one of the most liberal and politically active in the nation, and maybe one of the best illustrations of the administration’s ideological moorings.

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