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Department of "Huh?"

Josh MIcah Marshall reads Dan Balz in the Washington Post:

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: April 16, 2006 - April 22, 2006 Archives: In his front page piece in Thursday's Post, Dan Balz writes: "Realigning the White House staff and bringing in new faces appear central to [the] effort ... to revitalize this presidency quickly enough to avoid crippling GOP losses in November that could thrust Bush into instant lame-duck status."

And Josh's jaw drops as he asks the natural question:

I can't get past this point of, where are the new faces? It's like they cannot take on anyone who hasn't a) already taken the Bush omerta or b) works currently for Fox News.

Josh is right: there are no new faces: Chief of Staff out, OMB Director to Chief of Staff, STR to OMB, Deputy STR to STR, Press Secretary out.

Why--aside from the fact that "new faces" is an administration talking point--does Dan Balz write "new faces"?

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

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