· Hillary Clinton. Now THERE’s a real beltway outsider, if ever there was one. She will represent the interests of at least SOME of the residents of the U.S. as Top Dip. Assuming, that is, she can get beyond representing the interests of France and Germany – AND get beyond being thrilled by Bill’s support during her campaign. (http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0937524420071109). Presumably, she didn’t really mean all those nasty things she said about Obama during the campaign. And if she’s a beltway outsider, I’m Michael the archangel.
· Tim Geithner. Mister “What? ME, pay TAXES? No WAY, Jose!” He’s gonna be your new Secretary of the TREASURY? I understand you have to have honesty and integrity to hold that office. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I want somebody with all that honesty and integrity getting that close to our money. (http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-01-21-geithner-hearing_N.htm?csp=34).
· Eric Holder. Now there’s a real gem for your Top Cop. Holder orchestrated, scripted, produced and directed a Clinton 11th-hour-and-59th-minute pardon for billionaire and tax-evasion/racketeering fugitive Marc Rich. Top Cops should have cleaner bedsheets. (http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamas-new-advisor-stained-by-clinton-pardon-scandal/).
Not all picks are beltway brontosaurs, and there are even a couple of good picks among those who aren’t. Janet Napolitano, for example will bring leadership and her own charisma to the Department of Homeland Security. And she’s tough enough to take the gloves off and go a few rounds with the heads of the alphabet-soup agencies, who are never enamored of too much freedom for the citizenry.
But the promise was for sea change. The delivery more resembles a glass of water. Mister Obama, you can keep the change.