February 4, 2009
So sayeth the president as headlines screamed "Daschle Ends Bid." "I'm frustrated with myself and with our team," said Obama to NBC. But, "Ultimately my job is to get this thing back on track."
That's for certain, and to get it back on track call the question. Yea or nay--with us or not. Time to vote. If they filibuster let them.
As for Gregg..are you kidding?
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I am truly amused at the liberal angst over Obama. It wasn't as if he kept it from us that he would appoint the same old same old. Daschle was a wimp in the Senate. He was far too concerned with keeping his own status and reputation intact than actually fighting off the worst of the conservatives ideas. It should not be a surprise that he played an insider game and got himself in a jam. After all, he comes from that infamous "Club of 100". A more insulated and tone deaf crew is hard to find outside of Wall Steet. Of course the Senate is a kissing cousin to that wrecking crew.
In a nation of nearly 400 million this is the only guy that Obama could find that would spearhead health care reform? If that is as smart as Obama gets we are in deep doodoo. Daschle was in the pockets of the people he would have had to step all over in order to get real reform. Obama knew it. Obama has NOT proposed what most of the people who voted Democratic want, a single payer system.
As for appointing a Republican Senator for Commerce it is just one more example of going to the same old insiders in the "Club of 100".
Looks to me like Obama is boxing WAY above his weight here. Time to get a grip, get a spine, and get it moving. At this rate he really IS acting like the lawn jockey that the Limbaugh crowd paints him as.
PS. This business about Lincoln and his team of rivals is a poor model. Lincoln was the candidate of a new, and small party. He had four opponents for the office. He had little choice in the matter. The fact is that his cabinet of rivals worked very poorly and that fact, along with others, probably prolonged the Civil War and set the stage for a poor Reconstruction period. Never mind the book. It is over rated and the thesis is hogwash.
-Tom Hermann | Egg Harbor, WI | February 4, 2009