In another posting for Time, Carney discussed Obama’s meeting, following the election of 2008, with the just-defeated Republican candidate, John McCain. Carney wrote that on election night, McCain pledged to do all in his power to help Obama through the many coming challenges. Jay Carney wrote: “There were some who doubted the sincerity of McCain's pledge, coming so soon after the end of a campaign that featured a series of personal attacks on Obama. But it pays to remember that the self-styled maverick was never very comfortable as the standard bearer of a party that he had opposed so many times on so many issues. And the party long felt the same way.”
On November 12, 2008, in a piece called Why Palin Got Bad Press, Carney says he is appalled that conservatives are “so blind to Governor Palin’s true liabilities.” He says that in her first interview as the GOP vice presidential nominee she revealed herself to be less knowledgeable about national and international affairs then the average congressional intern. Carney says Republicans need to have "honest reckoning" over what went wrong in 2008.
The announcement to the press of Jay Carey’s appointment will be formalized on Friday, January 28. The changes in the White House staff and advisors also include the appointment of William Daley as White House Chief of Staff.