This past year was, in theory, the one where Obama might have hoped to parlay his 2012 reelection into a series of policy wins in Congress. That, of course, didn’t happen. And, Obama knows well that if he couldn’t get anything done with Congress in 2013, any hope to move major legislation through the divided Capitol in a midterm election year is an absolute nonstarter. How then does he accomplish (or come close to accomplishing) his goals?By executive order and working through the various agencies within the administration to go around Congress. Enter Podesta. “Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage,” he wrote in a Center for American Progress paper in 2010 entitled, “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change.” Look for Podesta to assert the role of the executive, particularly on climate issues.