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Back to the future

  • Nov. 18th, 2008 at 11:38 AM
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Rupert Cornwell writes:  At first glance it looks like the ‘Clinton restoration’ that Barack Obama’s victory had seemingly forestalled. In fact however, Mr Obama’s selection of many aides associated with the last Democratic president obeys a deeper logic – of ensuring his administration hits the ground running...

For Mr Obama however, the most salient point is not that they have ties with a former President with whom he still has a somewhat uneasy relationship. Far more important, they both know how Washington works.

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Do you welcome this return of a (new) old guard? Is this not quite the regime change you had in mind, or do you have fond memories of the Clinton administration and welcome the expertise the old gang might provide?

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mechers wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
It just proves he's not the RADIKEWL LIBRUL!!!11 he's been accused of being. Though why he sat down with McCain after being race baited the entire campaign is beyond me. I'd have said fuck you, old man.
gippssi wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe he is baiting him. Dangling the meat in front of him but never going to feed him.
kwsapphire wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
It's not at all what I wanted, but it's exactly what I expected. Obama's part of the same "two-party" machine, the republicrats, whose differences boil down to your stance on abortion and possibly same-sex marriage.

I'm glad Obama beat McCain, but I am still thankful that I voted for Ron Paul, and feel that he was the REAL change candidate.
ysabetwordsmith wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm...
I think that Hillary as Secretary of State is an excellent choice; that takes advantage of her best skills and compensates for an area where Obama isn't as good. Otherwise, I'm not thrilled by the selection of so many business-as-usual politicians. I'm also not surprised. It's Obama's way of keeping the system running so he can do something with it -- otherwise they'd probably just lock him out altogether. He's very much a team player in a ways that not much of America sees very often.

Heh ... I also expect that he's able to make an end-run around everyone when he needs to.
titiana5 wrote:
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Smart move
With the current status of our government I feel very reassured about the choices Barack Obama is making. We do not have time to go through a training course but must be effective from the day the new term starts.
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