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12/23/2008

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Emmi

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Well said. Living in Western Massachusetts I can tell you that acceptance of gay marriage is not something that can be rushed. I'm saying this as a complete and total supporter of gay marriage: issues of sexuality make even some liberals uncomfortable and I'm quite frankly suprised (and happy) that MassEquality succeeded as quickly as they did.


J was unhappy that so many from Clinton's cabinet were chosen after Obama promised "change". I told him, well what did you expect? Although I support Obama, his preaching "change" wasn't exactly specific.


I am very happy with Obama's choice of Chu for Energy Secretary and his choice of Lisa Jackson for the EPA. Talk about our country dragging its feet on progress, we all waited until the Earth was almost literally crumbling beneath our feet before we decided to act.

dan s wang

Yeah, Steve Chu is the sh*t. I have a buddy who worked as a post-doc for him at Stanford. According to him, Chu is not a Nobel Laureate by coincidence or chance. The way he was described to me, the guy is ambitious, and wants to make a difference on the world-historical level. With a clue about global warming and the science of energy, let's hope he goes in with a strong voice! Kudos to Obama for recognizing the talent there.

Compare that appt with W's gift to America of Spencer Abraham, a middling lawmaker with NO freakin' idea about energy politics OR science. Abraham was from my home state of Michigan, and everybody that followed his career there had low expectations. Even those he failed to meet!

chicago pop

This is a great post. The irony of criticism of Obama's cabinet picks and other allegedly prophetic moves is that much of the Left seems to want a mirror-image repeat of what we got under W: ideologically-driven appointments, a refusal to listen to the other side, the assumption that one group has it all figured out and there's no need to build bridges.

What could be more brilliant than appointing a Republican congressman from Illinois as Secretary of Transportation, who supports public transit and high speed rail? Where is the ideological betrayal in that?

It might be recalled that W was elected as a "uniter", and failed to live up to it, to the derision of the Liberal intelligentsia; Obama is trying to live up to it, and catching criticism from people who want to persist in the culture wars on the 80s and 90s.

While there migh have been some sense to that a decade ago, if not more recently, massive shifts in issue importance present the opportunity for broad based support for really significant legislation -- on climate change, energy policy, foreign policy, civil liberties, industrial policy, etc. -- that could not be accomplished by an isolated Left. Like you say, Obama is enough of a tactician to appreciate these openings and go for them. This is how the great presidents make change: FDR, Reagan.

What you identify here that is so useful is that we need to think about politics as an active, dynamic process, not a static tug-of-war based on ideology.

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