A pragmatic President. The Wall Street Journal reveals that 'President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party.' Random Jottings muses on the future President's encounter with reality:
In advance, I spit with utmost contempt on all you leftists and "Democrats" who are going to shrug off Obama's doing the very same things that you howled in fake-outrage over Bush doing...
Gates to stay as Defense Secretary? This Ain't Hell:
The choice gives Obama a scapegoat to blame for every death in the War Against Terror from the first day of his Presidency. He can say that he tried to reach across the aisle and make a non-partisan selection, but that damned Republican screwed him to the wall. Knowing with some measure of certainty that there’ll be an attempt to terrorize us in the next year or so, it gives Obama an out for questions of whether he tried to stop the impending attack.
Meanwhile, anti-war folks want an anti-war defense secretary.
A future for Joe Lieberman? But I Am A Liberal:
If Obama was serious about “fixing” Washington, I have recently argued that he should not only keep Lieberman happy in the Democratic caucus, but let Lieberman hold is chairmanships as well. It looks like he may do just that.
Read the full post at the link.
Briefly noted. Richard Fernandez of The Belmont Club looks at buyer's remorse.
Commentary. I've observed before that people who are in power often behave differently than they do when they are out of power. Responsibility can have a sobering effect; accountability concentrates the mind wonderfully. The many far-left entities that helped propel the junior senator from Illinois to the White House may be dismayed to find that President Obama, like Henry the Fifth, suddenly wants to be a grown-up; and that Obama will disinherit them as swiftly as King Henry threw Falstaff under the bus.
The question before us is how a Chicago politician, unaccustomed to executive office but schooled in power and party politics, will take to being the most powerful man in the world.
Something tells me he will rather like it.