Cabinet Game Gets Interesting at the End
By Ben Pershing
The results are in and history has been made: President Obama's Pittsburgh Steelers have defeated John McCain's Arizona Cardinals in a contest that was close at the end but still went to the team that was favored all along. If you're looking for a more extensive electoral/sports analogy than that, you'll have to look elsewhere.
But the comparisons are tough to resist, so let's try one more: The game was expected to be dull, and it was for a while, until some surprising bursts of excitement in the final minutes. Not unlike Obama's Cabinet selection process. We should know as early as today whether Obama has indeed picked Judd Gregg to serve as his Commerce secretary, a surprising choice on a number of levels. Yes, it appears that a Republican would likely be appointed to replace him, but this still makes it even more likely that Democrats will have a shot at picking up that seat in 2010 (and Gregg may well have not relished the thought of a tough campaign two years from now). The selection also seems to indicate that Obama is serious about entitlement reform, a subject of expertise for Gregg. But how much input does the Commerce secretary have on entitlement programs? Not much. At least, not until now.
Then there's Tom Daschle, whose prospects for a totally smooth Senate confirmation had looked as good or better than those of any other Cabinet nominee. Until a few days ago, when we learned of his tax problems, his delay in reporting them to Team Obama and his lucrative payments from health care companies. (This picture was obviously taken during happier times for the South Dakotan.)
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