Interesting article by Timothy Noah on slate.com this morning, detailing his ideas of those that Obama would be advised NOT to appoint to his cabinet.
Right off the bat is Bill Richardson for Sec. of State. This surprised me. I’d been under the impression that Richardson had good credentials. But not according to Noah:
State Department. Do not appoint Bill Richardson, who by some accounts is the front-runner. Obama may feel he owes Richardson because the New Mexico governor endorsed him after dropping out of the presidential race and ended up being called a “Judas” by James Carville. But Richardson took his sweet time before embracing Obama; he dropped out in mid-January and didn’t cough up the endorsement until late March. Richardson’s résumé includes Clinton administration stints as energy secretary and as U.N. ambassador. He didn’t perform either job particularly well. As energy secretary, Richardson rashly accused Los Alamos official Wen Ho Lee of espionage—a charge later proved false. As U.N. ambassador, Richardson didn’t do anything anyone can remember except offer Monica Lewinsky a job three months before the story of her affair with President Clinton hit the Internet. “He has no great beliefs,” observed Slate‘s David Plotz in June 2000, “which may be why he didn’t mind flattering despots.” Richardson has twice broken the world’s record for most handshakes in an eight-hour period. He’s very proud of this. Don’t you find that alarming?
This gives me pause (not that anyone gives a rat’s backside what I do and do not pause for), especially the point about Richardson taking his sweet time about endorsing Obama. Clearly he was biding his time, in case it turned out that Hilary won the nomination and thus the White House. Of course, Richardson is a politcian and those creatures do such things, but if Obama is going to be a “different kind of politician” perhap he should consider cutting Billy loose. Didn’t someone suggest Richard Lugar, Republican from Indiana, for this post?
Noah doesn’t like John Kerry for anything, which is hard to argue with.
Also, I too can’t see Hilary on the Supreme Court.
It seems like a good idea to retain Robert Gets as SoD. Unlike Noah, I don’t really consider him a Bushie. Not like Rummy anyway. And anyway, I wouldn’t think it should be permanent. Eventually Obama could replace Gates with Hagel. I just want Hagel in there somewhere.
This article would be better if it actually offered suggestions for perhaps who Obama should consider. Criticism is fine, but without construction it just leaves rubble in it’s wake. And what good is that?