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  •  Obama to set policy (0+ / 0-)

    For what my viewpoint might be worth: Obama's personnel choices thus far do not concern me in the least, for a couple of reasons:

    a) Obama will be setting the policy, not Gates or clinton or anyone else (though, yes, they, like his entire team of advisors will be dispensing advice, which also doesn't bother me, since it would behoove this country, for a change, to seek out a diverse variety of viewpoints before settling on policy decisions)

    b) Personnel matters are always dicey, and nobody will ever be 100% satisfied with any one decision necessarily, let alone an entire team.

    c) The "Achilles Heel" of the Progressive movement.
    There's something that has been off-putting to me for many years, not just recently, about the tendencies of some...not all, nor necessarily even the most...progressives...to...reactively start offering knee-jerk opinions that, often, are counter-productive to the very causes that they espouse (most of the time, innocently, but sometimes naively stoked by "concern trolls" in the political community who know the hot buttons to try to manipulate people). While everyone has a right to speak freely and inject their opinions about anyone and anything at any time in this country (though, heavens knows, given the chance, people like Bush and Cheney would try to take that right away from people, too, most likely). However, my only appeal and suggestion is this: Can we cut Barack Obama a little "slack," to at least afford him an opportunity to put his team together and take office before...reactively second-guessing every decision and action taken?

    It's ironic that this particular Kossack, who did not vote for Obama in the primary, but has enthusiastically given him my support ever since he wrapped up the nomination, seems more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt than some who are among his earliest supporters. Why my tendency to want to give him that latitude? Because, despite my initial reservations about who was best to lead the Democratic party in the 2008 presidential election, Barack has demonstrated to my satisfaction a great deal of intelligence and wisdom throughout the campaign. Though he's made mistakes, overall, his judgment, in retrospect, seemed sound, at least most of the time, to me.

    My plan is to try to allow him an opportunity put his team in place, and actually take office, before reacting critically to ever single decision and appointment he and his team make.

    •  your call, but... (0+ / 0-)

      My plan is to try to allow him an opportunity put his team in place, and actually take office, before reacting critically to ever single decision and appointment he and his team make.

      With everybody else, right, center and left trying to make the case for why they or their people should be hired, I see no reason I/we shouldn't try and make our case heard too. My reasons are in #5 above.

      YMMV

      Peace & Health

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