So much for liberal euphoria. With the clock winding down on Still-President-Pinhead, President-Yet-To-Be-Obama has eased off the rhetoric of change, and has started making some moves toward the middle of the road. “He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it's all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America. If he was expecting Bill Ayers to become Secretary of Education, then I suppose I understand his disappointment.
The notion that the last troops in Iraq would leave the ground at the moment that Barack Obama places his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office seems like a lot to ask. Just like getting a chicken in every pot and a hybrid in every garage before January 20th might be a little it of a stretch. He is, to quote Yvonne Elliman, "just a man." He is not the Messiah. He's a good man in a tough position.
When I heard that Gates would be named to Obama's cabinet, I figured he meant Bill, but Robert has a lot of experience too. I remember being let down while the campaign was still heating up and Barack said that some offshore drilling would be okay. I try not to worry about all the talk I have heard about charter schools and vouchers coming from just offstage. And then I raise my head up and look around me. This is still a world full of possibilities, and I would rather not start worrying about how things could be worse before they even have a chance to get better. Best and brightest? Team of Rivals? I don't know about that. I know that it's not going to be a Nation of Pinheads.