Chairman Mao-lovin’, Fox News-hatin’ Anita Dunn is hitting the road. Dunn will step down from her post as Obama’s communication director at the end of the month and Dan Pfeiffer, her deputy, will take over. The official announcement is to come today…get ready for more spin than a washing machine on “ultra heavy”.

Anita’s returning to Squier Knapp Dunn, the consulting firm where she’s a partner, but will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic matters. You know, just like Van Jones is.

Is this just a re-shuffling of the same deck? Dan Pfeiffer began working for Obama in 2007 following Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision not to pursue the presidency. He served a stint as the traveling press secretary for Obama’s presidential bid but eventually took a position overseeing the campaign’s communications operation.

Prior to Obama, Pfeiffer worked for Sen. Tim Johnson‘s re-election race in 2002 and on then Sen. Tom Daschle’s disaster of a run in 2004. Michelle Malkin profiled Anita, Dan and the rest of the Fox Warriors here.

Fishbowl DC’s last sighting of Dan was at a special screening of HBO’s “documentary” By the People: The Election of Barack Obama at the MPAA. That’s the film they debuted to the public on election day Nov. 3rd, when the nation was watching the first “Obama referendum” races. I don’t think the distraction attempt worked.

A big nest of the lefty media was sure at the screening, though…New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet were all actually IN the documentary.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Athena Jones, MSNBC’s David Shuster, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Time’s Karen Tumulty, Talking Point Memo’s Christina Bellantoni, Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, ABC’s Sunlen Miller, Tammy Haddad and Richard Wolfe attended. And from the White House: communications director Anita herself, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, economic advisor Austan Goolsbee and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake. Whew.

The obvious, most burning question is…. will BTP:TEOBO get an Oscar nod? Before you answer, remember that Nobel thing.

More on this one to come. I’m sure Beck is on it.

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