All political realignments are produced by the coming of age of a dynamic generation and the emergence of a new communication technology that effectively mobilizes the rising generation.
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.
Having frozen Panetta out of the California governor's race in 1998 by not deciding whether to run until he had no chance of lining up financial backing, now would be a good time to stand aside and let him rise to the occasion.
Leon Panetta certainly understands intelligence. But, most importantly, he understands the importance of our intelligence apparatus operating on the moral, ethical, and legal high ground.
Obama comes into office with a clear election mandate, and the last thing he needs is the public view of a bunch of squabbling Democrats (see: Burris, Roland) doing the GOP's work for it.
President-elect Barack Obama's nomination of Susan Rice to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations adds an intriguing dimension to his Administration...
Bill Richardson and Barack Obama have always seemed a bit like an odd couple -- Richardson has always been only a step or two ahead of trouble.
The generally low public regard that Richardson was held in during his brief presidential foray seemed odd -- the public didn't quite see him as a major player.
That huge sucking sound you hear is Republicans trying to control their laughter. The two groups duking it out over education are largely within the Democratic Party.
Leo Hindery, who was an economic advisor to the Obama campaign and authored the interesting book It Takes a CEO, is a real stand out who the Obama team should consider for Commerce.
By now you have no doubt read a dozen reviews of 2008 and projections for 2009, all pure guesses for the latter, unless someone was carefully predicti...