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  •  Obama's call (1+ / 0-)
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    manyamile

    Obama gets to choose who he wants to serve in his cabinet. Except Susan Rice I suppose. If Hagel is appointed to sec of defense it's who Obama wants.

    •  Didn't we vote for him? Do we have no say? (0+ / 0-)

      "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

      by rigcath on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:20:26 AM PST

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      •  We absolutely get to express (2+ / 0-)
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        our opinions.  Much of what goes wrong in this country, IMHO, is that the electorate tends to switch off between elections.

        I don't understand the accommodation of people who are trying to destroy you.  I also think that this is the perfect time to appoint a Democrat as SoD, so as to put an end to the meme that we are weak on National Security, once and for all.  Eric Shinseki.  Wes Clark.  Jim Webb.  Joe Sestak.  All Democrats.  All eminently qualified.  

        If we must have a Republican in the Cabinet, give them another post- not Interior or Education.  Commerce maybe?

        •  I have the same problem with any GOP appointment (0+ / 0-)

          It projects the image that the Dems don't have someone capable of doing the job, or that we agree with the GOP's positions on the given issue. I would be equally outraged if a Republican's name were being floated for Commerce, Education, or Interior. Republican presidents don't see the need to appoint Dems to their administrations, and Obama will receive nothing from the GOP for throwing them this bone. So there's really no point to doing it unless he seems to think Chuck Hagel is the best person for the job--a notion which is absurd.

          "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

          by rigcath on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 09:04:21 AM PST

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      •  lol, no not until 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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        when democrats will break out their progressive speeches.

        Obama won and will never have to face an election ever again.  Everyone was told to not complain or palin would be president.  Now we all get to live with whatever obama decides to do.  

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