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Transition Trail Mix (Sunday Edition)

UPDATED 12:29 p.m. ET: The Post's Mike Shear and Anne Kornblut are reporting on 44 that Greg Craig will be Obama's White House counsel, according to an individual involved with the transition.

ORIGINAL POST

It may be Sunday morning but with only 65 days left before Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president, his transition team continues to move with all "deliberate haste" to fill key senior jobs in the White House.

To wit:

• The transition announced this morning that Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff, will become a senior adviser to the president. Rouse is a longtime senior to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for whom he worked on Capitol Hill for nearly two decades.

Jim Messina, another Hill veteran, will serve as a deputy chief of staff in the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the Obama campaign in mid-June, Messina served as chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Messina also has run a number of campaigns including Baucus reelection bids in 1996 and 2002. Messina is currently the director of personnel for the transition.

Mona Sutphen was also named a deputy chief of staff this morning -- bringing a long and deep foreign policy r&eaccutte;sum&eaccutte; to the new administration. Sutphen was a foreign service officer during the 1990s and served on the White House Security Council from 1998 to 2000.

• Rumors swirled Saturday night that Greg Craig, a longtime Washington lawyer, has been chosen as White House counsel. Mike Allen of Politico had the news first; the Obama transition team was not commenting on or confirming the report as of late last night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2008; 8:35 AM ET
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37thO, why do you keep changing your troll handles, e.g., DorchesterandCongress; Army123, 37thandOstreet, and on and on?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 17, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

For those nominating Arlen Specter, it has been noted in the comments on previous Fix postings that the senator says one thing and then votes another.

Sure you want an AG who appears to be a hypocrit?

Posted by: essexsam | November 17, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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Our side was getting overwhelmed by the money disparity - Obama had 300 paid bloggers on staff - to our rag-tag band of volunteers - we had to employ copy-and-paste to keep up with the numbers.


It was that simple.


The advertising budget was amazing - there has to be something behind the money disparity and an investigation is in order. If it is true that a simple computer function could VERIFTY THAT THERE IS A MATCH BETWEEN THE NAME GIVEN AND THE NAME OF THE CREDIT CARD then it makes sense that Federal Election Laws call for that function to be TURNED ON.


IF that function was PURPOSELY TURNED OFF and therefor a dilberate act committed to NOT VERIFY THAT THE INFORMATION ENTERED INTO OBAMA'S COMPUTER FILES WAS CORRECT, LEGAL AND FROM DOMESTIC SOURCES, well then.


The Obama Campaign had a LEGAL OBLIGATION to verify that all contributions are from DOMESTIC SOURCES - if they were purposely ignoring that legal obligation there is a problem. In addition, I believe the Federal Election Commission should take a pro-active stance with the credit card companies and see to it that a means is created to verify that credit card payments are in compliance with federal laws. It is not that difficult to have the computer match a credit card with an address.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 17, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

37&0 -- speaking of doing nothing, you apparently have no other life than to post drivel on this site all day long. It's pretty clear from your posts exactly WHY you have no other life, but I have to say it's kind of pathetic.

Posted by: drindl | November 17, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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Yea why would Obama actually want to do anything in the Senate at all, given that he has done nothing all these years. Unbelievable actually. NOW when he has a chance to take a leadership role, he is outta there.

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 17, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

CONGRESS: OUR GOV'T IS FUNDING DOMESTIC TERRORISM.

UNTOLD THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS' LIVES ARE BEING DESTROYED.

RECONVENE "CHURCH HEARINGS" TO PROBE "EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING" AND TORTURE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BY A NATIONWIDE VIGILANTE NETWORK -- HIDING BEHIND GOV'T-FUNDED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS.

THIS JOURNALIST SPEAKS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/government-agencies-support-domestic-torture-and-gang-stalking-says-targeted-u-s-journalist

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http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 17, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

CONGRESS: OUR GOV'T IS FUNDING DOMESTIC TERRORISM.

UNTOLD THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS' LIVES ARE BEING DESTROYED.

RECONVENE "CHURCH HEARINGS" TO PROBE "EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING" AND TORTURE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BY A NATIONWIDE VIGILANTE NETWORK -- HIDING BEHIND GOV'T-FUNDED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS.

THIS JOURNALIST SPEAKS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/government-agencies-support-domestic-torture-and-gang-stalking-says-targeted-u-s-journalist

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http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 17, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The global economy is undergoing a crisis of confidence. Since everyone remembers the Clinton economy as excellent, Obama is smart to choose staffers who were a part of it. Additionally, it will help Obama avoid the initial mistakes of the Clintons that resulted in the losses of '94.
These are competent people who will thrive under the disciplined Obama.
I was never a big Bill Clinton fan, too much drama.
Discipline with competence is the change we voted for.

Posted by: JohnDoug | November 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

My God! What a surprising relief to have such an intelligent and normal President and First Lady!!!

60 Minute interview a must see!

Brilliant.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 16, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch Obama's "60 Minutes" interview?

Refreshing to see an intelligent president-elect. It's been a while.

In hindsight, I wonder how much of the mean-spiritedness of Rovian politics, and of so many Republicans today, is a compensation for a lack of intellect - a fear, never far from the back of the mind, that the other guys are surely smarter, so we've got to be more manipulative.

I hereby claim the award for most off-topic post...sorry! Couldn't restrain myself.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 16, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Rapswork:

Thanks for clarifying. I had a misunderstanding about how governor appointments work. I guess some states require a special election, but PA is not one of those states. But, as to Arlen Specter, he was deeply involved in the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, yes? Given that performance, I would shudder to think of him as AG.

Posted by: Siddhartha1 | November 16, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Seanc1! I appreciate the info.

Posted by: Siddhartha1 | November 16, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Um, I have a question for "rapswork" on the suggestion of Arlen Specter for AG. Regardless of the governor's pol affiliation, doesn't a vacated seat need to be replaced with the same pol party as the person who was elected to that seat in the first place?"

Different states have different rules, but in most places the governor can appoint whoever they want (in South Dakota, for example, if Tim Johnson had died or otherwise been incapacitated because of that brain problem in 2007, the Republican governor would have appointed a Republican).

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 16, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

For someone who was going to bring "change" to Washington, it sure seems as if the Messiah is digging up veteran politicians for staff and advisors.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 16, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Just like his senate staff: almost all men up on top. I wonder if, in his Administration like his senate staff, the women will make 71 cents on the dollar that his men make, because most of the women are in junior positions.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 16, 2008 4:04 PM
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They make 71 cents to the dollar *because* they're in junior positions. This is a meaningless metric unless you compare men and women at the same level with the same years on the job, etc. If you don't think Obama has enough women in top positions, than just so. And while you're at it, please explain which women were viable candidates for these positions, and why Obama should have a gender quota.

Posted by: smc91 | November 16, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

siddhartha1:
no. a governor may appoint whomever he wishes. the party is not a factor. he may even arrange with his lieutenant governor to appoint him and resign the governor's seat to serve in the senate.

Posted by: rapswork | November 16, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Um, I have a question for "rapswork" on the suggestion of Arlen Specter for AG. Regardless of the governor's pol affiliation, doesn't a vacated seat need to be replaced with the same pol party as the person who was elected to that seat in the first place?

Posted by: Siddhartha1 | November 16, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Just like his senate staff: almost all men up on top. I wonder if, in his Administration like his senate staff, the women will make 71 cents on the dollar that his men make, because most of the women are in junior positions.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 16, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse


I just read a very interesting article about Karen Kornbluh, am waiting to see her name mentioned for a staff appointment.

Posted by: dotellen | November 16, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

here's a suggestion for doj that would serve several aims. www.straightrecord.com suggests consideration be given to arlen specter as the next attorney general. he has been critical of the bush administration's shredding of the constitution, especially at the hands of alberto gonzales. as a republican, he also would resist politicing doj and would push back against an obama administration attempting to keep the extralegal powers grabbed by bush. finally, he would be giving up a republican senate seat from a state with a democratic governor, giving the democrats greater strength in the senate, perhaps the magic 60th vote without having to have lieberman remain in the party.

Posted by: rapswork | November 16, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't vote for Obama..which many of my peers thought was awful..and I'm already starting to see my own logic. I'm glad I still have my own mind, I don't watch American Idol and my last hero was Batman.

This is just more of the same, not any real change..just more D.C. crap..

I promise to give Obama a chance to win me over (like it matters) - I even liked my ex-wife for over a year.

Thanks Chris C. .. I have enjoyed your impartiality throughout the election process (why are with the Wash. Post?)

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

So already Braindead Barack Hussein Obama and his top stooges Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and White House Counsel Sleazy David Axelrod open have proven again that
Loser In Chief And Liar Elect Obama is so
totally incompetent and inexperienced as
President Elect when Obama failed to name
his US Atorney General,and Secretaries of
Defense,State and Treasury as Obama's Job
One and Top Priority One on day one after
the election since you cannot tell me that
with all the over 6000 Paid Obamabots that
Obama had working for him in Chicago and
the BS over Two Year Presidential Campaign
this total Incompetent Joke of a Democrat
President Elect Obama couldn't have stopped
running off to the gym,looking for a puppy,
running around doing more speeches and idiot photo ops that Obama could not have
come up with the Most Vital Important
Cabinet Level Immediately if this phony
loser total joke was such a hot shot great
manager! God help the USA to even survive
the next four years of the OBAMA FRAUD!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | November 16, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

37th and o- You have no idea of reality, do you? People don't want to waste their time with you which is why you post and post and post and get few answers. Got it now?

Posted by: AndrearKline | November 16, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like - to me - Obama is choosing an advocate/trial lawyer for counsel. I guess that's what W did. ???

However I think that Obama knows just a touch more about the Constitution than W picked up with his on-the-job training.

Posted by: DonJasper | November 16, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

John Reid=Lone Ranger
Peter Parker=SpiderMan
Don Diego de la Vega= Zorro
37andOstreet=DorchesterandCongress=37thO=Army123=what's next????
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On a substantive note, on the Sunday talkers and in the newspapers, there was a general sense of WAY too many Hillarians among the first O picks and transition team members. I think Chris Wallace said this morning it is something like 31 Hillarians out of the first 40 O selections. It's so bad even the NY Post's Sunday cartoon made fun of it, showing Monica Lewinsky walking into the Oval Office and telling O, "I heard you are hiring former Clinton staffers." Hardly change you can believe in....

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 16, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

pdgnz is correct. In modern socialist countries, the left right swings from the center still happen, but it is within a context different from the "government always bad, corporate always good" ideology of the Republican party, and indeed the crony capitalism of the Democrats.

Socialist countries have corruption scandals and make foreign affairs blunders too. But the open bigotry of a Sarah Palin, or the proud to be ignorant politician, like George W., would never be taken seriously.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I see no reason why Clinton people who did a good job in the Clinton administration should not, at least, be considered for the same or a better job in the incoming Obama administration. Where else is Obama going to get the people for the thousands of jobs he is to fill? Yes he can get some of them from academia or industry but some of those people too have served in previous administrations.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener, your suggestion that Mukasey stay on is based, as you have explained to me here, on his serious attempt at correcting the excesses of Alberto Gonzales's tenure.

I do not think that is enough. The next AG will have to be committed to the process, as I think Mukasey is, but will also be faced with a massive reorganization at Justice both of personnel, where possible, and priorities. I suspect that Mukasey would love to help on upgrading personnel, but he would be a hindrance on the change of priorities.

In fact, Justice's priorities have been hijacked by the "war on terror" and the criminal justice system in the federal courthouses has suffered. For this task someone more sympathetic to criminal prosecutions as being really important is required.

I also suggest that you refrain from using the word "apparachik" in your posts because you tend to misues it to mean "apparatus" rather than "operator".

Mnteng, reclaiming the high ground from Street Corner is a noble and worthy cause.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 16, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"The right wing is toast. America will now learn and practice socialism, in the style of Sweden or New Zealand."

In the same week Obama was elected New Zealand rejected their center left government of nine years replacing it with a center right coalition. Their MMP voting system tends to promote moderate governments and policies.

The US could learn a lot about fair democracy off countries like New Zealand. The new New Zealand government, which has finalised coalition agreements in a week, will be sworn ten days after the election.

Capitalism and Socialism are theoretical labels, too much of either wouldn't work. While democratic governments follow aspects of either extreme and different governments can tend towards one or the other the bulk of their policies come much more from the pragmatic, realistic middle. New Zealand has just leaned slightly right but will remain far more center than anything else.

Posted by: pdgnz | November 16, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA JOB #1: Co-Opt, Disarm a Potential 'Silent Coup'

• 'Rogue elements' could subvert his leadership if not curbed

• Lay plans to put "homeland" agencies under Defense, Justice and Treasury


Contrary to mainstream media conventional wisdom, Barack Obama's most pressing task at hand as President-elect is not dealing with the economic crisis.

As the first order of business, he must take decisive action to consolidate his power and disarm potential rogue elements within the bowels of the apparachik that may be tempted to "test," or even subvert, his leadership.

Major elements of the security complex no longer fall under the purview of the Department of Defense or the Justice Department. Their independence, and an absence of meaningful oversight by Congress, make these entities a potential breeding ground for resistance to his ascension to the presidency.

The situation is compounded by the fact that some of these entities are privy to virtually all channels of communications and surveillance.

President-elect Obama would be wise to co-opt any potential bureaucratic resistance by retaining the services of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and, at least for the short term, Attorney General Michael Mukasey. FBI Director Robert Mueller's term isn't up until 2010; the retention of Gates and Mukasay, along with the continued service of Mueller, would act as a powerful deterrent to potential rogue actors who do not fall under the command of those three key national security officials.

The President-elect should immediately announce the retention of these Bush administration appointees. Then he should lay plans for a Congressionally-mandated reorganization that would once again bring the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security under the direct purview and authority of existing cabinet departments -- notably, Defense, Justice and Treasury.

Such a reorganization would establish greater accountability on the part of the Homeland Security agencies, and would better facilitate meaningful Congressional oversight.

This reorganization would retire the title "Homeland Security," which is linguistically reminiscent of the rhetoric of Nazi Germany.

Gates and Mukasey, it could be argued, already have demonstrated their capability for independent decision-making that puts the national interest above partisan political or ideological considerations. By giving these three officials a vote of confidence now, President-elect Obama would demonstrate bi-partisanship while deterring potential rogue resistance to his leadership.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported "extrajudicial targeting" vigilante squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 16, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

37, do you know why I asked the question about "The Next American Century"?

I think the order that we're seeing reflects more the relative ease that these people accept the positions. Filling the big four (state, treasury, defense, attorney general) is especially hard.

I think Senator Clinton at State would be an excellent choice. All indications show that Obama will run a very tight, mission-focused White House. I used to wave off the facile comparisons being made between Lincoln and Obama, but in terms of governing style, the comparison may be more apt.

Posted by: Kili | November 16, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ironic that the phrase 'with all "deliberate haste"' is a direct play on the 1956 Supremer Court Civil Rights integration of public schools; --with all "deliberate speed"! What part of NO Hillary does BO not understand? With Hillary he gets 4 more years of the BillHillary act. If he seriously thinks those two will not be running for President in 2012 he is bably confused. NO bailout for Detroit.
Otherwise it appears that the BO Administration is a repeat of the Clinton years. Could there be a "Monica" repeat?

Posted by: KBlit | November 16, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope with all the political and government staffers, media personalities, academic handwavers onboard the bus.. that Barack Obama remembers that it's experts that know and run the gritty infrastructure of America: electric power transmission facilities, roads and highways, sewer and wastewater, natural gas, petrochemical. Without licensed professionals onboard, it's all just Bozos On This Bus. Apologies to the Firesign Theatre.

The universe is about numbers and limits. Someone needs to remind the head of the pack that running the physical reality of our nation is much more than just phoning it in w/ pressers, gladhanding, happiness moments, high profile jobs to high flyers and sychophants, and photoflashies. It's about showing up.

For failure to know and do this: See Bush administration. Either one.

Thanks much. HLB Engineering

Posted by: HLBeckPE | November 16, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If you read your own paper you would know that there is an admitted pro Obama bias.

This puff piece is another example.

Even the NYTimes has had to admit how deceitful the Obama transition has been on ethics and lobbyist.

NYTimes article


"Some transition officials now work at firms that do business with the agencies they are examining. John O. Brennan, a former Central Intelligence Agency official working on its transition, is president and chief executive of the Analysis Corporation, an intelligence contractor.

On the NASA review board, Lori Garver is now president of a strategic consulting company, Capital Space LLC, and previously worked for the aerospace company DFI International.

Among the transition officials charged with reviewing the Securities and Exchange Commission — likely to come under significant scrutiny amid the financial meltdown — is Mozelle Thompson, who runs a legal and policy consulting business for companies including Facebook.com. One name on the transition list comes unencumbered by potential conflicts but instead by bad luck. Jami Miscik, leading a review of American intelligence agencies, was the head of intelligence analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency during its biggest embarrassment: the botched assessments about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Then she moved on to become a senior official managing risks in emerging markets for the investment bank Lehman Brothers, until its collapse this fall"

Posted by: econfox | November 16, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

How odd that so many of us on the left are in full agreement with Republican Senators on the GM bailout.

No more corporate welfare, now that is a change we can believe in!

Sustainable industries watch for what is inevitable and then they expedite it.

Dingell and his GM wife worked hard to kill GM and they have succeeded. Liberal Democrats are awfully conservative when it comes to crony capitalism.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

In all of your deliberate haste, please appoint COMPETENT people who are HONEST. Thank you.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | November 16, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

37th and A-hOle street, as a unmitigated failure in your blog efforts and ability to not cut and paste your lame retorts over and over, your opinions on failure are to be taken seriously.

Best line from your blather? "Back to the negative atmostphere here: it was started by the paid Obama bloggers who worked on shifts and on AN HOURLY BASIS harassed other posters on this forum." Who are you kidding? I hope you get compensated for all the hours you log in - although I didn't know "trying to be relevant even after you lost" was your paying job.

Posted by: LABC | November 16, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse


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Different would be control not in the hands of Clinton people - I would imagine the superdelegates who supported Obama are quite stunned by the turn of events we are witnessing. Next up: McCain as Secretary of Defense.


Why not?

Doris appears to be running the transition efforts. OK, but who did she steal that idea from?

Back to the negative atmostphere here: it was started by the paid Obama bloggers who worked on shifts and on AN HOURLY BASIS harassed other posters on this forum.


That is the truth - I understand that you would prefer to blame the people who "pushed back" and stood their own against a $500 million onslaught.


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OH by the way, if you really care about change in Washington, the way to do it is to confront the lobbyists THROUGH CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. Obama has done more to set those efforts back than any person since the Nixon Administration - clearly the opt-out proved that Obama is a FRAUD to his own campaign themes.


Obama and his campaign set the standard - they set their campaign themes - it does little now to hear left-leaning journalists now admit that perhaps the whole idea was unrealistic - Obama owns the post-racial post-partisan change agenda now and he FAILS IF HE DOES NOT LIVE UP TO IT.

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 16, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Change from Bush and the Republican rubes is the change America wants.

Most Americans would offer up their first born if they could erase the last eight years.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Aside from an suggestion that President-elect Obama and his people are 'taunting' Sen Clinton and her family, while appeasing her minions with any suggestion of appointment, one might consider a few relevant questions for consideration “before” selecting a candidate.

Does know the incumbent how to play follow the leader or take orders? Could s/he be expected to deliver the Commander-in-Chief’s intent; after all, the Boss has to be able to manage expectations.

As s/he's may have already had Executive experience, would there be any concerns about wanting to re-exert oneself and demonstrate one’s talents and abilities, and create one’s own foreign policy - particularly, "as required."

Does the incumbent‘s portfolio include traits such as being a good, Effective listener and does the same individual have outstanding personal relations? Is there a danger of narcissistic tendencies; especially after having come to the conclusion that s/he is right?

What valuable lessons, if any, did s/he learn from the past two, three, and four previous Administrations?

As the incumbent might choose to have a heavy hand in staffing DoS, would there be any remote concerns that the newly-installed minions might break away from the FS to form their own sect?

What is her/his views on the utility of the Armed Forces? Would s/he put our Armed Forces at risk of being perpetually committed to do civic action projects instead of being ready to defend our National Security interests?

Would the incumbent be disposed to chasing Heads of State, barefoot and banging her/his shoes on the hood of their limos? You laugh! Ask GF Madeline about the Yasir Arafat incident.

Given the possibility, the Secretary may have to travel to a real “war zone”, would the incumbent truthfully be able to report occurrences of “sniper fire’? As a retired US Marine Officer with significant time in Iraq, I have the ‘need to know.’

Additionally, can any President-elect really afford to have a Sec State that might "choose" to use the office as a platform for her/his next campaign or as evidence against him?

This appears to be the beginning of a very bad dream within a very bad dream.

As "character" should count for something,LYING to any of the aforementioned questions would result in immediate DQ.

Posted by: murraygwjr | November 16, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

All I know is I cannot wait for Dictator Bush to be de-throned! Adios and Good Riddance!

Jess
http://www.Ultimate-Anonymity.com

Posted by: clermontpc | November 16, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please fix the H&T&M&L code in The Fix??? I may have to send you my ray-zu-may as a proofreader!

Posted by: Malamutant | November 16, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Bob Herbert for TSA Administrator.....

Posted by: cuse2004 | November 16, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

On the trail of the real killer, OJ Simpson bumped into Elvis behind the grassy knoll, who had Barak Obama's Kenyan birth certificate under his demi-cape.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

CC:

Did you skip a word? "Rouse is a longtime senior aide ..."

Looks like BHO is learning from the mistakes of WJC -- get your staff in order first, then think about the Cabinet. Not sure what to think about the Craig appointment. Even though he was one of WJC's counsels during the impeachment, he did come out with early support for BHO rather than HRC.


37thOSt:

There aren't that many people here because you have single-handedly driven away a significant number of the long-time commenters with your inane cut-and-paste rants and ridiculous shilling of your "blog". Perhaps we're all waiting for you to go away so we can resume our more thoughtful conversations.

Posted by: mnteng | November 16, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is the change we wanted, hard working competent professionals, nothing akin to the Bush administration, nor even the Carter administration. These are not partisan ideologues, except that they value the common good more than the aspirations of their ultra-rich benefactors.

The right wing is toast. America will now learn and practice socialism, in the style of Sweden or New Zealand.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

There sure ssem to be a lot of old tired faces in the administration for a guy whose slogan was "Change You Can Believe In." It also seems like a lot of them came in from Lobbling firms--for a guy who pounded lobbyists.

Like the old slogan Lies, Damn Lies, and Democrats."

Posted by: tharper1 | November 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Staff before Cabinet is the sensible approach for several reasons, which I would assume are obvious and need not be listed.

I may have overreacted in my criticism of the "Urban Planner" staff slot the other day.

From a news article I later read, that name denominated a staffer who would actually be an energy and transportation and infrastructure coordinator/facilitator.
Count me now as merely dubious, but amenable to admitting success, if any successful coordination actually results.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 16, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 16, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Veteran Affairs: Max Cleland and Tammy Duckworth should be no brainers

Posted by: amitchell13 | November 16, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, looks like the plan is to fill in the White House line up first before dealing with the cabinet. Will Obama apply this same systematic approach to governing?

Posted by: wmw4 | November 16, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Anything different yet ???"

Who are you hoping to see? What kind of appointment would qualify as "different"?

Read "The Next American Century". Would you call this either a "liberal" or a "conservative" model of foreign policy?

Posted by: Kili | November 16, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Capitalism is the declared domain of the GOP. but Capitalism is a form of natural selection. When winter comes, humans build shelters - not waiting to see who will survive the winter. ..........

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/16/the-utility-of-socialism/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 16, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

to 37thOst

People are just relieved and this post by the venerable "chillzilla" is a list of possibles. Not much to comment on.

Posted by: robind_nc | November 16, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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I would say the reason no one is here now is that there were many paid bloggers from the Obama campaign - not real readers or real people who care about the issues.


you popasmoke still have a negative attitude.


Still an angry liberal.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 16, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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Anything different yet ??? For a guy who campaigned for the PAST YEAR in front of signs which said CHANGE in big bold letters do you think he got the message??? Maybe he did not.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 16, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

These seem like competent people. Hopefully competence is the watchword in the incoming administration, much as incompetence defined the outgoing one.

That is what I voted for, at least, competence.

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 16, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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