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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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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.
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