The More Things Change, The More Things Stay The Same

The Washington Post’s Al Kamen digs up this internal email from within the Obama campaign:

    From: Larry Strickling

    Date: November 6, 2008 6:58:14 PM EST

    To: [policy groups]

    Cc: Priya Singh

    Subject: . . . Reminder — Decline All Reporter Interviews and Speaking Requests.

    This is a reminder that our communications department has directed all of you, as policy committee members, to decline all requests from reporters and all speaking invitations regarding the transition, the Administration’s priorities and related issues. If you are contacted by a reporter to discuss these matters, please refer the reporter to Priya Singh. . . . If you receive an invitation to speak on these issues at a conference or meeting, please decline the request. At this point in time, there is no one to whom to refer the request and do not offer to do so on behalf of the organization extending you the invitation. We realize these requirements may appear Draconian but so soon after the election, with the transition effort just being organized, it is important that no one who was involved with the campaign and the policy committees be speculating in public on these sensitive matters.