By most accounts, Jane Napolitano's been a competent and capable governor, which is something of a rarity in the annals of Arizona.
Despite a nearly flawless transition period of astute, substantive and widely praised cabinet appointments, the Obama administration has unintentionally provoked its first controversy.
When I interviewed Panetta, I was so impressed by his candidness that I noted at the end of the transcript of our conversation: "Panetta is the least full of himself guy I've ever interviewed."
It was just over a year ago that at one presidential debate three candidates identified themselves as not believing in the theory of evolution.
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The next time you find yourself getting pissed off at Obama, say these words out loud,"George Bush."
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If Obama is going to bring "outsiders" (aka Clinton insiders) to the table, he needs to do it while showing an ability to operate within the current political parameters.
To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.
Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.
Leaving transition work, I find myself a lot more hopeful about generally progressive policy coming out of the Obama administration than some of my friends in the progressive blogosphere.
Leon Panetta is an "unconventional" choice for CIA Director, a word Caroline Kennedy used to describe herself, but consider the corruption inherent in the more conventional options.