A Democrat loves a bureaucrat; the one thinks he can change everything and should; the other one believes that it can be done and moves whatever is in the way to do so. Knowing this, Obama knew that he had a bureaucracy poised and ready to push left. It was just a matter of planting a few key seeds, removing a few sorry weeds, and watering generously with authority, money, and praise. The rest would take care of itself. You see the domestic agenda is largely the welfare agenda with a little environmental and consumer advocacy thrown in. So it was heavily allied with the left long before Obama was seated in office. Any pretense of an apolitical nature had always been just that.
These bureaucrats had to be frustrated with the W years; compassionate conservatism was a dud. In fact, it was worse than a dud, sharing as it did what was perfectly good secular civic authority with, of all things, religiously affiliated groups. There is nothing a bureaucrat despises more than charity (and most charity is Christian). Charity interferes with, no it diminishes, the mission. It satisfies constituents and it does so with a sense of subtle obligation. For the bureaucrat, all missions are forever and every constituent is like a heroin addict converted to government methadone. Those charities, those Christians, were stealing constituents, man; the whole raison d’etre.More