November 23, 2008

BUSH DERANGEMENT SYNDROME DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON, JUST A BAD JOURNALIST:

Obama lures Hillary with a golden straitjacket: Persuading Clinton to be secretary of state will allow Obama to play good cop to her bad (Andrew Sullivan, 11/23/08, Times of London)

The more remarkable fact about the transition is its deliberate haste. Despite the onerous vetting process, Obama’s methodical focus has meant one of the swiftest jump-starts in recent American political history. Only the Reagan transition went so quickly. Yet there’s also still an abort button on every candidate. No one has yet been formally named so there will be no need to undo an appointment after the fact if some burp in the vetting were to emerge. The Obamaites remember the chaotic amateurism of the Bill Clinton transition in 1993. From the look of it so far, the transition is as smooth and professional as the running of the campaign.

Bush v. Gore wasn't handed down until 12/20/2000, yet the transition to governance, just a month later, was seamless.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2008 9:31 AM
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