I pose this rather obtuse question because, frankly, I thought we would all be happy, at least in a political sense, given the results of the 2008 election.
Some things to ponder about Obama's historic win. In terms of the popular vote:* Obama had the biggest Democratic win since LBJ in '64. * Obama had the biggest Democratic win for a non-incumbent since FDR in '32. * Obama had the biggest Democratic win for a non-incumbent running against a non-incumbent for the White House (i.e., an open seat) since...well, EVER.
And yet, it sure seems like people aren't very happy right now around here. Even though the man hasn't been sworn in yet.
A lot of this centers around cabinet appointments. Suffice to say, I don't take much stock in the huffing and puffing over who gets what pick. Obama says the change starts and ends with him, and as of right now, I have no reason to believe otherwise. He will direct and guide the policy.
MY question is for those attacking the picks as a full out betrayal...what, in four years time in an Obama administration, will make you happy?
Because frankly? Obama will be our President for four years. And given his historic victory, I'm betting on four more right now. Especially if the following happen in the next four years:
- Our economy turns around
- We are out of Iraq
- We are on the way to energy independence
- We have universal healthcare
Those were the four major priorities Obama set out when he ran. I'd say the economy is paramount right now, and if in four years time he turns it around? Sorry, GOP. Anybody you put up will be crushed.
It's time to face some reality, and rather than tear our hair out over some perceived Obama betrayal, put on the table right now from a comphrehensive policy standpoint what, exactly, will make you happy four years now.
Because until that happens, the rest of this stuff is just window dressing. Obama is appointing competent professionals. Over 70% of the country agrees with his picks. 70%! Over 80% are happy with the transition so far.
Those of you in the minority...tell us what will make you happy.
Because there are quite of few of us getting tired of seeing our guy get undercut from our friends here before he even gets started in Washington.