by Melissa Clouthier | November 26, 2008 9:55 am
WASHINGTON DC – Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government’s executive branch.
“I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration,” said Obama. “He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet.”
Clinton said he was “excited and honored” by the appointment, and would work “day and night” to defeat all the key policy objectives proposed by Mr. Obama during the campaign.
No wonder the old Democrat guard are thrilled while the Progressives are hyperventilating. Some on the Left have adopted pragmatism sooner than I would have thought possible. I can understand why, though. Idealism doesn’t work in Washington. Leave your souls in the hinterlands, folks, or else it will be ripped from you once you darken the city gates. Believe me, I know, it’s been eight years of pragmatic, soul-crushing hell. I wonder if being in charge of everything will be as frustrating for grass-roots Democrats as it was grass-roots Republicans.
Another thought. You know, we keep hearing that the Right needs to emulate the Kos Kids. But why? They worked their butts off and were paid lip service by the powers that be. If the right is to have a Right-roots effort, I want it to affect real change not some symbolic victory where the leaders kiss butt and then ignore their supporters.
In the case of the Netroots being dissed by Obama. Well, that makes me like him more. But the proof is in the policies. We’ll see. It’s good that he’s brought on Bill Clinton. The ship is righting itself as we speak.
Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com
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