I don’t know why libs are acting surprised by the fact that Obama is tapping so many veterans from the Clinton administration, ( Podesta, Emanuel, Holder, Hillary and others) for his Cabinet positions. Who else was he going to use?
Victor Davis Hanson explains:
Obama’s absence of executive experience and brief tenure in the Senate, Obama never was in a position to assemble an insider team other than the Chicagoan Axlerod. So what was Obama to do when he needed savvy advisors and a brain trust he could count on from the old days to form the nucleus of his advisors and cabinet? He could hardly draw on personal friends like Ayers, Khalidi, Pfleger, Rezko, and Wright. Other than Friends of Bill, the last Democrats to be insiders were the Carterites now in their 80s. So if a Democrat were to be elected President without much experience, and without friends or advisors he could draw upon who were qualified for office and worldly about Washington’s macabre politics, who but the Clintonites were there?
This seems to be an unprecedented development entirely neglected by the media, this sudden reliance on a primary rival’s team—ipso facto an illustration of Obama’s thinner political resumé. It is striking really how there is simply not a dozen or so Chicago vets who worked for Obama in the past as was the case with most other Presidents.
But don’t let these center-left (in most cases) appointments fool you. Obama will get his people in there by hook or by crook. Here’s what Andrew McCarthy thinks will happen:
I expect the Obama appointment strategy to be two-fold . . . and clever. Step One: Establish the precedent for easy confirmations with ostensibly moderate, center-left nominees who are popular enough in the senate that the RINO bloc will quickly get on board. This would establish a working coalition for Obama in the upper chamber (not just on nominations but on legislation) and discourage the remaining GOP ranks from using the filibuster or other procedural stalls.
Step Two: Obama will move the country leftward with the appointments that really matter in government: the hundreds of second- and third-tier (and below) executive agency appointments — the deputy-secretaries, under-secretaries, and associate-this or -that for policy, etc., who work where the rubber of big government meets the road. They are the ones who implement policy, who have a huge hidden role in making policy, and who control the hiring of the thousands of federal employees who do not require confirmation. They include judicial appointees to the district courts (the lowest federal courts) who rule on the vast majority of federal issues — few of which are actually ever appealed. These are the nominations that draw precious little attention, that usually move through the senate on a peremptory voice-vote. It is at this lower-court, administrative-agency, faceless-bureaucracy level that I would expect to see a substantial infusion of hard-Left operatives. This moves the executive branch leftward in stealth, largely by determining from the ground up what policy options are presented to higher officials in government.
One Chicago crony who will remain close to Obama is the far-left David Axelrod, who was Obama’s chief strategist and will now serve as senior adviser to the president.
Republicans are going to have their work cut out for them for the next few years. Maybe we should start wholesale lying, and cheating, too?