December 1, 2008

Obama's Picks So Far

. . . seem to consist mainly of people who helped create the messes we now face.

(As noted by Jonathan Weil on Bloomberg, "Not only was [Robert Rubin] chairman of Citigroup Inc.'s executive committee when the bank pushed bogus analyst research, helped Enron Corp. cook its books, and got caught baking its own. He was a director from 2000 to 2006 at Ford Motor Co., which also committed accounting fouls and now is begging Uncle Sam for Citigroup- style bailout cash." Much more at the Bloomberg link; see also The New York Times.)

Obama got elected in part 'cause he was the only candidate the media were willing to take seriously who did not vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq . . . suggesting that maybe we the people think, ok, hey, there were lots of pros who may have been well-intentioned but who turned out to be wrong . . . so, for a change, let's just experiment and pick someone who turned out to be right.

Can't help but wonder what it might be like to have more than one person like that in the gummint.

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