This is the best Obama can do?
There has been considerable discussion about who will be on President-elect Barack Obama's team.
One can only hope he is saving the best for last because what has been leaked so far does not bode well for the country.
What I have heard so far, and I may not be hearing everything.
Rahm Emanuel has already been named the Chief of Staff, reportedly to help Obama with bipartisanship. This is beyond ridiculous. This man is one of the most partisan hacks in Washington. His nickname is Rham-bo and not because he is ripped and manly and speaks with a mumble. This appointment pretty much puts to rest that whole nonsense about reaching across the aisle.
Jennifer Granholm has been mentioned as serving in some capacity as an economic adviser. Ms. Granholm is the Governor of my home state of Michigan and is half way through her second 4 year term. She took over a state which had enjoyed several years of economic stability and growth and turned it into a state with the worst economy in the country. Fortunately we have term limits in Michigan and she is done after this term. Unfortunately, she may soon become not just Michigan's problem, but the entire country's.
John Corzine has been mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary. Mr. Corzine is the Governor of New Jersey, the state with the third highest debt in the country. This, in a twisted way, makes sense. Obama has made it clear he will grow the national debt. If this is your plan then you certainly want someone who knows what they're doing. For a brief but good discussion of this, go to All American Blogger.
Jamie Gorelick has been mentioned as a candidate for Attorney General. She gets the single distinction of the group of being someone who's appointment is silly for, not one, but two reasons. First, she was an executive at Fannie Mae and not only walked away with over $25 million but also left with a cloud of suspicion hanging over her. This will be convenient if she is AG because one of the most important early tasks for the incoming AG will be to investigate the financial meltdown. How deeply do you think she will dig into Fannie Mae's activities? Second, Ms. Gorelick has a less than stellar history of serving in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration. Her claim to fame for this is her role in walling off the separate intelligence agencies, preventing them from effectively sharing information. For the results of these actions, see 9/11. Her role may have been the single most significant factor in the United States' inability to prevent the 9/11 terrorists attacks. For a good whitewash of her history and qualifications, see this article from The New York Times.
Anthony Lake has been named as a possible Director of the CIA. I do not know a lot about Mr. Lake but a couple of items in his experience are interesting. He worked for the State Department under Jimmy Carter. I didn't find a lot of info on his time there but one thing to note is that, other than the Camp David Accords, the Carter Presidency had what was likely the most incompetent foreign policy record of any ever. Under Bill Clinton, Mr. Lake was the National Security Adviser. Mr. Clinton, the second most incompetent foreign policy President ever, had such a horrendous record on national security that terrorists practically had to take a number and wait in line to attack us. He definitely gets my vote as CIA Director.
Chin up, maybe he will nominate some good people. I mean there are so many appointments that statistically speaking he would have to, right. Gulp.