Obama’s Clinton Cabinet

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.

That, in itself, is scary.

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?

27 thoughts on “Obama’s Clinton Cabinet

  1. It sounds as if one of Obama’s cronies, Penny Pritzker, has already dropped out as the Sec of Commerce. I don’t care what reason she gives, she did it because she didn’t want to have her participation in the sub-prime debacle, featured in what little honest press we still have. Obama has precious few friends who can stand the scrutiny of a vetting process.

    I’m dying to see the list of supporters to the Clinton Library.

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  2. Yea, we should be really scared of Clinton Administration people, you know… the administration that brought America several years of unprecedented prosperity, peace and international respect.

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  3. >>Yea, we should be really scared of Clinton Administration people, you know… the administration that brought America several years of unprecedented prosperity, peace and international respect.

    Sure. If you don’t count the phony tech bubble that burst and led to a recession. If you don’t count the insertion of the CRA/sub-prime time bomb that brought the current financial collapse. If you don’t count ignoring the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism that led to 9/11, the Afghan and Iraq wars. If you don’t count allowing North Korea to become a nuclear threat that is spreading its technology to Syria and Iran. If you don’t count surrendering unprecedented amounts of control to the UN and bowing under to the demands of foreign gov’ts just to curry favor.

    Liberals are great at ignoring threats, instituting stupid policy to pander to interest groups and bowing down because they value being liked more than leadership. Just like children.

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  4. Not to mention, the doofus missed the point of my whole post…it’s not the Clinonites who are scary, (wrap your mind around that one), it’s the lower level appointments who will be far left kooks, and pass under the radar screen.

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  5. Yea, we should be really scared of Clinton Administration people, you know… the administration that brought America several years of unprecedented prosperity, peace and international respect.

    Folks who bother to learn and understand the ups and downs of our nation’s economy know that there is usually a lag-time between the decisions-actions taken by government and the fallout-outcomes. Also most people know that much of Clinton’s success was his cooperation and partnering with Conservative legislators.

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  6. I think that the most important step any of us can take is to give President Elect Obama a chance. I withheld judgment of Bush before I saw him royally run this country into the ground. I was giving him a fair chance even though he stole the election in 2000. I think we should all do what we can to help this Presidency be successful.

    Who here wants this Obama Administration to fail? Can we afford another 4 years of failed policies, bullying the world, and croniesm? I say we cannot. Let’s give the President Elect our support.

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  7. I withheld judgment of Bush before I saw him royally run this country into the ground.

    You need to take a harder look at the Democrats. Google Fannie Mae Freddie Mac, Obama, Dodd, Frank, for starters.

    Who here wants this Obama Administration to fail?

    I, for one, do. I want him to fail, miserably at turning this country into a socialist third world banana republic.

    I want him to fail at passing the FOCA. Iwant him to fail at destroying the coal industry. I want them to fail at destroying the oil industry. I want him to fail at his coming attacks on free speech, and the second amendment. I want him to fail in his attempts to stack our courts with judicial activists.

    A girl can dream, can’t she?

    Sadly, I think with the help of his toadies in the media, he will succeed. I think we are about to enter a dark age, but I’m still keeping hope alive, and praying that Obama fails.

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  8. I was giving him a fair chance even though he stole the election in 2000.

    That is just so precious. He’s so cute that it makes you want to pinch his cheeks.

    And, even though Barack bought this election and lied like a Clinton whenever he got in trouble, we’re certainly going to treat him far more fairly than the left treated Bush.

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  9. …we’re certainly going to treat him far more fairly than the left treated Bush.

    …though I’ll admit that’s a pretty low bar.

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  10. we’re certainly going to treat him far more fairly than the left treated Bush.

    That’s only because it’s physically impossible for conservatives to act that unhinged.

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  11. That’s only because it’s physically impossible for conservatives to act that unhinged.

    Well, yeah. I didn’t say that it would be hard to do.

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  12. Think we need a post to come up with conservative chants, like “Selected not elected,” and “No war for oil.” We might need them later. Here are a few works in progress:

    “blah, blah, blah, reneged on public funding.”

    “Barack Obama: not particularly well aligned with traditional patriotic values”

    “Poorly qualified yet simultaneously wrong at a visceral level!” [ooh, I like that one!]

    Then we could make 40-page reports analyzing the impact of his plans on the economy and pass them out on the street, while engaging passersby in scholarly debate.

    Hmmm. Maybe I just don’t get the spirit of the mindless chanting/poster waving/effigy burning crowd.

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  13. Wow you guys are really rude. He isn’t even President yet and you are trashing him. I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry that you are so full of anger and hate. I hope you find happiness and peace somewhere.

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  14. You’ve got to be kidding me. You come here and lie to us about wanting to give Bush a fair chance, “after he stole the election”, and “ran the country into the ground”, and then dare to call ME rude.

    B.S, and grow. up. Bush did not steal the election. Gore tried very hard to, though. We’re witnessing the same game being played by Al Franken in MN. Let’s all hope Al Franken finds peace and happiness when he loses, unlike the poor sport Al Gore, whose bitterness at losing helped poison millions of Americans’ opinion of Bush forever.

    What a crime. I’ll never forgive Algore for that.

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  15. He isn’t even President yet and you are trashing him.

    I’m trashing him based on what he’s PROMISED TO DO, and based on what he HAS DONE in the past. I know these things because I actually PAYED ATTENTION before I voted.

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  16. Wow you guys are really rude.

    Blame your hundreds of predecessors. In any case, I think you can find your way to the door. Hopefully you never find your way back.

    I feel sorry that you are so full of anger and hate.

    Yeah, we noticed the anger control of the left as they launched wave after wave of spittle-flecked vitriol at the Bush administration. We even had a name for it: BDS. You’re welcome to come up with a corresponding name for the right, but I think we trademarked the “blank derangement syndrome” series.

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  17. What a crime. I’ll never forgive Algore for that.

    Oh come now, ND – be reasonable.

    There are plenty of other things to never forgive Al Gore for.

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  18. Ugh talk about angry. Well I do hope that you will all give your support to your country and do what you think is right. I did pay attention during the election process. I happen to agree with what President Elect Obama stands for there is no need to try and paint me with a broad brush of fandom.

    The supreme court gave the election to Bush by not doing a simple recount. It was not Al Gore who tried to “steal” the election. He did win the popular vote by a mere couple of million votes as well.

    Why do you all have to personally attack me because I have a difference of opinion? Can’t we see each other’s ideas and think logically about them? I read blogs from all sides of the political spectrum so that I do not become an idealogue and close minded.

    And if your name is Nice Deb shouldn’t you be nice?

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  19. The supreme court gave the election to Bush by not doing a simple recount.

    …of only the precincts that would have favored Gore. Nice that you chose to omit that detail.

    Can’t we see each other’s ideas and think logically about them?

    I guess you don’t read very well. Once again, that well was poisoned long ago by your predecessors. Of the hundreds and hundreds of liberal visitors to sites like this, all of whom started by saying exactly the same thing, you would be the first to actually mean it.

    And I don’t believe that that’s true. Not at all.

    so that I do not become an idealogue and close minded.

    Didn’t work. Try something else. Like actually opening up your mind.

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  20. The insult Deb was when you assumed that anyone who voted for Obama was somehow not thinking. Secondly, Geoff I am open minded. I do believe that the only way out of this mess we are in is if we work together.

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  21. Secondly, Geoff I am open minded. I do believe that the only way out of this mess we are in is if we work together.

    Ummm….it turns out that asking the opposition to help your cause isn’t what is meant by being open-minded.

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  22. You said:

    Wow you guys are really rude. He isn’t even President yet and you are trashing him.

    But as I said, I attacked Obama on what he already has promised to do:

    A. Bring back the FOCA

    B. Bankrupt the coal industry

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/11/02/obama-well-bankrupt-any-new-coal-plants/

    “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”.

    Say what?!

    C. He said the Constitution is “fatally flawed” and wants to “redistribute wealth” to make up for past (racial) injustices.

    D. Won’t allow offshore drilling.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/06/30/obama-misleads-on-oil-leases-wsj/

    He appeared to waffle on that towards the end of the campaign season…but trust me…he’s with the Dems in Congress on this one.

    Why would you chastise me for attacking him on things that he has already promised to do?

    Other things that appall me about B.O.:

    E. He is poised to bring back some form of censorship to right wing radio.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/obama_declares_war_on_conserva.html

    …which would be in keeping with his behavior on the campaign trail:

    https://nicedeb.wordpress.com/?s=obama+threatens+radio+station

    F. I don’t trust a thing he says because he’s an inveterate liar:

    https://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/the-lies-of-barack-obama/

    G. And he has a very checkered past, with many unsavory friends.

    H. Communists and radicals of every stripe love him. Why do you think that is?:

    https://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/terrorists-and-tyrants-of-the-world-root-for-obama/

    https://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/reds-who-support-obama/

    From my point of view, there is absolutely no reason to feel optimistic that this person will soon be leading this country.

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  23. Also…At the root of the financial crisis we’re in is the risky subprime lending practices of Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac.

    What group (connected to Obama) lobbied hard for this?

    Which party defended it, enabled it, and blocked all efforts to regulate it?

    Who repeatedly warned Congress to enact legislation to prevent a financial disaster, but was “thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems”. (Democrats)

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080919-15.html

    Yes, Bush should have been firmer. Yes, he should have used his bully pulpit more.

    Communication was never one of his strong suits.

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