Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The A Team?

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.


Greywolfe said...

Well, I guess it's about time we start our backyard gardens back up. With this lineup we can expect our recession to go full blown depression in a matter of months. I would cry but I'm too busy cringing in horror at the thought all the damage this brain-dead construct of liberal organizations is gonna do.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary said...

Lets face it the Left is a pack of absolute morons.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

It's shaping up to be Carter's 2nd term presidency. What happened to the historic glass ceiling breaking of firsts? What happened to "changing Washington"?

Been here, done all that...

Mustang said...

Think of it as the coach, who promises his athletes, "We're going to do [Cater/Clinton] until you puke."

Personally, I can't wait until every detainee at Gitmo is brought to the US and tried in a federal court. I predict that at the end of the trials, the US will pay these people millions of dollars of our money to solace them. And of course, we'll all live happily ever after.


Brooke said...

Obama will do whatever he pleases. He is the messiah, after all, and now he's ready to "RULE".


shoprat said...

Jennifer Granholm in Washington?


On the upside, to paraphrase Lil Abner

When she's in Washington she won't be in Lansing anymore.

yeah she did a great job here.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Rham-bo is Obama's enforcer.

Cutiepies World said...

Obama's selection of Rhambo shows that his government will be ruled with an iron fist from the top down.

Just as Pelosi is just a embarrassment

Larry T Durham said...

All of the choices you listed will help usher in a new bend over and grab your ankles era; but that Gorelick pick is mind numbing. What disaster awaits us now?

Chuck said...

Greywolfe, don't worry. On Jan 20th the clouds will part, the sun will shine, the birds will singing.

Mary mary, morons/crazy, whats the diff?

Wordsmith, I think the Carter presidency is the perfect analogy, one that maybe McCain should have made, hmm?

Mustang, I suspect a lot of them will never see a courtroom. I think they will try Bush before they try these bastards.

Brooke, (sound of puking)

Shoprat, yeah why should we have all of the fun, let the rest of the country suffer with us.

DD2, I wonder if he's there as much for Pelosi and Reid as he is the GOP. I think Obama is a little afraid of them

Cutiepie, thanks for stopping by. There goes that "reaching across the aisle" huh?

Larry, she's screwed up everything she's touched. I dunno.

JeffsJots said...

"John Corzine has been mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary. Mr. Corzine is the Governor of New Jersey"

I think that New Jersery would be glad to get rid of him.

Chuck said...

Jeff, they're in the same position as we are with Granholm

Myself said...

Rahm Emmanuel knows not of what he speaks.

This, my friends, is the meaning of the American Dream. It has nothing to do with what you may or may not want for people in your commune; I mean community.

The American Dream is, by definition, anti-socialist. It is what one wants for oneself.

But maybe that’s a small point. Like the line, “Community service is not a dirty word”.
Community service is a phrase, not a word.

The larger thought, though, relates to an implication left in this highly condescending disjointed missive. It suggests that many of us are being introduced to the concept of community service for the first time.

Rahm Emmanuel and Barack Obama are incapable of original thoughts. Like most Socialists, they only know what people tell them. That’s why they’ve spent so much time in school. You’d have better luck asking a blind man to do a Rubic cube. Community service is their code for the supremacy of the state over the individual. Workers slave for their communes, not themselves.

The American dream is not for the U.S. to balance its budget, though that might be a desireable thing. It’s not about my town having pretty parks. It’s about the individual getting a three bedroom house, a big back yard and maybe even a Cadillac. Or a Toyota convertible.
Or a big HOG.

Michele Catalano, Barack Hussein Obama and Rahm Emmanuel are numbskulls, they can go take a long walk off a short pier for all I care. Because they care deeply about turning my American Dream into a nightmare. I don’t trust them as far as I can throw up on them.

Frankly, they make me sick.

Throwing Stones said...

Ah, but the best is yet to come.

Chuck said...

Myself, good post. I want to see a balanced budget, while the Dems are pushing a surplus. Someone (and I can't remember who) made the point that a budget surplus means we are taxed too much. Any surplus should be returned to the public.

Throwing stones, that's the fear.

MK said...

"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."

That can be said of just about every socialist/leftist government out there.

obama's a-team full of partisan hacks eh, i knew when i heard his wiffle-waffle about reaching out and all that, that it was just for the media to beam it around the world so every one can think, oh isn't he such nice fellow.

It was bull before the words left his mouth.

Chuck said...

MK, he may yet pick a couple of RINOs so that he can say he has a bipartisan cabinet