Bush Targets Magazine Editor For Domestic Policy Post

Just in:

(AP) — In the latest White House personnel changes, the editor of a conservative magazine will replace Claude Allen, the domestic policy adviser who left in February amid a shoplifting investigation.

The White House announced the appointment Wednesday of Karl Zinsmeister, who has been editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise magazine for 12 years.

After tapping Fox’s Tony Snow as press secretary, does this mean the White House has officially taken the “if you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em” approach to its Cabinetry hirings? Or do we need one more example?

Editor to Be Bush’s Domestic Policy Aide [AP via CBS News]
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UPDATE: Zinsmeister’s bio, per the American Enterprise Web site:

Karl Zinsmeister

J. B. Fuqua Fellow and Editor in Chief of The American Enterprise

Zinsmeister has been Editor in Chief of The American Enterprise magazine since 1994. He has traveled four times to Iraq as an embedded journalist, leading to three books and a forthcoming PBS film—a grassroot portrait of soldiers and soldering. He can comment on current affairs, the Iraq war and the military in Iraq, social and economic trends, and cultural issues.

Professional Experience

  • DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, 1994-1996
  • Freelance writer, 1986-1994
  • Member, Board of Advisers, National Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching, U.S. Department of Education, 1988-1989
  • Weekly commentator, Trend Watch (social trends, demographic and economic topics), Radio America, 1985-1989
  • Research director, Working Seminar on Family and American Welfare Policy (national report on poverty), 1986-1987
  • Research associate, American Enterprise Institute, 1982-1986
  • Legislative assistant, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (social welfare and family issues), 1981-1982


    B.A., history, Yale University
    Special studies at Trinity College, Dublin