The Obama administration is being criticized for appointing a number of special advisors to oversee major initiatives. “G. Calvin Mackenzie, a Colby College professor who studies presidential appointments, said it is impossible to judge the effectiveness of policy czars through the years. And although objections have grown with the number of special advisers, he does not expect Obama — or any of his successors — to be deterred from appointing them. “One of the great advantages they bring is that you get people who are really loyal and the president is their only constituency,” Mackenzie said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/15/AR2009091501424.html
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New Orleans Times-Picayune, Sept. 17