Monday, January 05, 2009
With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans? The Republicans have no message and no leader, and the first returns are that Barack Obama is doing an astounding job of locking up the center. If the Democratic left does not pull him back soon, Republicans are going to have a very difficult time redefining themselves in a way that can capture a majority of the electorate. Their only hope is that sooner or later Barack Obama will have appointed just about every centrist Democrat left in the party. Then what will he do?
There are a few centrist republicans that could use jobs right now. Also, he does keep emphasizing making public service "cool" again, so perhaps he'll have enough recruited talent to turn a new crop every year.
Not that I mind, because this stuff: "This in turn means that the Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) must make appointment decisions based on loyalty first and expertise second, and that the whole governmental apparatus must be managed from this perspective" is silly.
His key appointments are Browner and Daschle, who can hardly be considered centrists. These two define the center of gravity of the new administration. Almost all the others are just feints.
Carol and Tom's briefs involve fundamental changes to the economy and how the government relates to the citizenry. They aim to rush these through as fast as they can.
Keep your eyes on them, not the replacement for Richardson.
TH, you're sounding a little like Andrew these days about the One. Please don't put on the kneepads.
If he's going to "lock up the center" it's more apt to involve incarceration.