Thursday, November 06, 2008

White house chief pit bull appointed

Barack Obama's first important staff appointment, chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is sure to be quite a pit bull for President Obama. "Hard-charging", "relentless", "tough-minded", "blunt", "high energy", "direct", "pragmatist", and all of that. Sounds like a good choice.

Oh, and he is a former Clinton staffer. Good for the pragmatic centrist angle, but not so good for the "new politics" and "turn the page" angle. Still, that is a net positive, from my own centrist perspective.

Oh, and he worked as a Wall Street investment banker. Hmmm... Ugghh... Well... the upside is that he will have enhanced credibility with the finance industry and political negotiations related to finance and the economy. The downside is the lack of a "turn the page" angle. Still, overall, this is a net plus.

Overall, this is a great pick and should really get the ball rolling.

-- Jack Krupansky


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