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Obama Administration Personnel: What Is Really Going on

Spencer Ackerman is unhappy:

Open Wide: Do you know why you're not reading solid stuff about who's getting what positions in an Obama administration? Because everyone in Democratic D.C. thinks s/he's about to get a job and doesn't want to go spoiling his/her chances by blabbing to reporters, even when said reporters are just trying to collect quotes about what such-and-such an appointment would signify about Obama's approach to issue X. This is a really f---ing irritating day.

Here are the talking points for Obama-Biden administration personnel selections. They have the added advantage of being true:

  1. The bench is very deep right now. Practically everyone competent and qualified for high executive office has come over to the Democratic Party over the fourteen years since the coming of Gingrich. Thus there are a huge number of superb choices available for every position.

  2. Everyone being considered for high federal office is intellectually honest: they understand not just the advantages of their own views, but their flaws and disadvantages as well; they understand the pluses of views opposed to theirs. Policy will be realit-based: it will depend upon our collective best guesses as to the way the world works, and not the idiosyncratic intellectual hobbyhorses of ex-AEI staffers.

  3. Everyone knows that the American people have elected Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden--not their staffs. Everyone knows that the jobs of staffers will be to present Obama and Biden with the options, their pluses and minuses, and then strive to implement their choices as best they can. The policies of the Obama-Biden administration will be Obama-Biden policies.

  4. Everyone thinks it would be a great honor to work for the Obama-Biden administration.

  5. Everyone knows that the bench is deep, and that their chances--however qualified they are--are low.

  6. Everyone's knows that this is bigger than any of us, and that the right attitude is to ask for an oar, find a place on a bench, and start rowing. There is an awful lot to do.