After Clinton won, I pretty much stopped paying attention to politics. I vaguely recall watching some of the Inauguration and The Inaguarl Ball in 1993, but in 1997, after Bill’s re-election I tuned out. I’d tune back in occassionally, or when something really important happened. But for the most part I wasn’t all that interested.
I’d thought that would be my reaction this time as well, more or less anyway. But so far I can’t seem to stay away from the news. I find myself eager for information about Obama’s staff and cabinent appointments, any little rumor really. For the most part I couldn’t really tell you who was in Clinton’s cabinent, except for names that really stand out, like Albright and Reno and….well, that’s my point.
I wonder if I’m suffering some kind of election withdraw? I’ve read a few articles about this sort of thing. I was sick of the election up until early last week, but perhaps I was just getting a second wind. I don’t know.
Perhaps I will still lose interest, drift away, but it doesn’t really feel that way.
New York Times is reporting it is likely. Although Gibbs is so far unwilling to discuss it, saying that he has not been offered the job. But I’m hoping he gets it. If for no other reason then they way busted Sean “the hack” Hannity’s balls. The dude’s tough, like Rham Emanuel, who the more I hear about the more I like. The best reason Rham’s favor yet is that he is reportedly the inspiration for the Josh Lyman character on West Wing. Shit, that would have sold me had I known nothing else.
Also, Gibbs, at 37, is a GenXer. Like his boss.
I love that Obama is picking tough Dems for his staff. I’m sick of concillatory Dems that take the fucking high road. And I really love the way it is making Repubs twist and squeal.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to see a partisian war right out of the gate, or at all for that matter. But I don’t see a reason why Dems have to live up Repubs’ expectations that they be marshmellows. Them days are over boys. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he don’t brook nonsense.
The staff seems to be shaping up pretty well so far. Looking disciplined and focuses, unlike Clinton’s transition. I heard reported that Obama and his staff have studied Reagan transition, which was went very well.