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Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama's First Choices

First, Rahm Emanuel for Chief of Staff. Now, the rumoured appointments of Jamie Gorelick, aka the Mistress of Disaster, as Attorney-General, plus the bombastic environmentalist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. As extra condiment, Obama wishes to use the immediate power of Executive Order to overturn stem-cell research and to reinstitute the ban on domestic drilling.

My jaw hangs open.

Bipartisanship? A secret centrist? Keep dreaming. I was one of the millions who scoffed at the "Bill Ayers will be appointed Secretary of Education" hand-wringing. I still do; it's nonsense.

But my GOD, Obama is flirting with the fringe shamelessly from the get-go. What next, Reverend Wright to read the Inauguration invocation?

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11 Comments:

  • Really? I had almost the opposite reaction. The names, at least, seem to suggest that far from having some grand ideological plan, he's all about repaying favors and letting the same old party names run things. Chicago, not Hyde Park.

    More reassuring is that he probably doesn't realize how likely these nominations are to blow up in his face politically.

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Nov 10, 03:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • More reassuring is that he probably doesn't realize how likely these nominations are to blow up in his face politically.

    You know what, I would've agreed with you before, JSU. But after I've been given proof positive that Americans discounted every single negative this man brought to the table, and said, this is the guy for us -- I don't believe that anything will "blow up in his face politically" for the next two years.

    Clearly, Americans are not in the mood to be discerning politically, so we will have to continue fighting for them.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Nov 10, 03:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • Incidentally, if he was about paying back to the Kennedys, he would've mentioned Caroline first and foremost.

    Maybe that's still to come, but remember that RFK Jr. was a visible supporter of Hillary Clinton (he had already set up an exploratory Senate run committee, and would've run for her seat had she won the election).

    The Gorelick choice falls along the lines you mention (Chicago Machine payback), but RFK Jr? That's just looney.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Nov 10, 03:09:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh please, Obama didn't bend the laws of physics. He won a close election because a credit crisis hit and millions of Republicans stayed home on election day. That his end of the vote was propped up by concerted press cover makes his position more precarious, not less.

    Everything works on the margins. RFK Jr. is too embarrassing even for the pro-Obama press. Gorelick's hearings will be an unparalleled opportunity for Republicans to savage Democrats on Fannie Mae (never mind 9/11!). Sure they'll get through... probably, but why would a man who wanted to get things done put his party and administration through that?

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Nov 10, 03:16:00 am GMT-5  

  • Simple. They are power drunk.

    I find this puzzling, JSU. Your attitude seems to be flying too close to the Rush Limbaugh wind. Look what Operation Chaos brought about. Do not allow the Fates to be tempted...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Nov 10, 03:21:00 am GMT-5  

  • "Look what Operation Chaos brought about."

    Not much. They voted for Hillary, remember.

    You don't worry when your opposition brings up familiar faces with familiar weaknesses. You worry when they find energetic people you've never heard of.

    I don't listen to Rush, so I'm not sure what you mean, but you should remember that one's own outrage at this point is fairly useless. The ability of the other side to inspire outrage in the public... That's something.

    By the way, your linked article does in fact mention Caro and feature her pic.

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Nov 10, 03:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm with JSU. These have been my own views:

    Oh please, Obama didn't bend the laws of physics. He won a close election because a credit crisis hit and millions of Republicans stayed home on election day. That his end of the vote was propped up by concerted press cover makes his position more precarious, not less.

    I'm still astounded that Obambi won. I didn't think he had the votes: i.e. I didn't think that 7 million republicans would consider their loathing of McCain more important than the danger posed by Obambi.

    My biggest fear now is that Obambi governs as a moderate. That way he'll do the most damage long-term. As they say, one call boil a frog by throwing it in cold water and slowly raising the temperature, but not by throwing it in hot water. Longterm, therefore, the best thing for the Republic is for Obambi to go hard left and f*** up royally. Every generation seems to need a reality check what leftism/liberalism really means. Many of the young who voted for Carter became Republicans ever since. Today's college crowd, raised in the prosperity created by the Reagan revolution, could use a similar lesson. Obambi's first actions as President-elect are promising in this respect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Nov 10, 06:46:00 am GMT-5  

  • Doesn't it give you the impression that he's not the one making these appointments?

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Mon Nov 10, 09:28:00 am GMT-5  

  • The saint and the rest of the left-wing illuminati are offering more of the same failed politics, and putting the failed politicians into head positions.

    By Blogger knowitall, at Mon Nov 10, 03:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Six days out.

    It's all rumor and MSM putting out possibilities. You guys react to every news piece as if it's gospel and confirmed.

    Pace yourselves, and take your Ritalin. No sense in getting overheated.

    Thor

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Nov 10, 04:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thor, you may mean well, but your comments are consistently condenscending about what we say here.

    I don't like it, so please stop.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Nov 10, 07:12:00 pm GMT-5  

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