exercises in compound storytelling

Monday, December 8, 2008

still too soon for the last word on the Obama Administration

I had the mixed pleasure of hearing most of an hour with Brannon Howse this weekend; he's the host of Worldview Weekend and a rising star on conservative Christian talk radio. He's very good at staying on message; by the time he was done I found myself starting to believe that Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton were all the same person. Or possibly three heads on the same Cerberus. Or part of the same vast left-wing conspiracy. etc.

I thought I had the next four years all figured out: Barack Obama will take office in January, and then, according to Howse, it's a long forced march to a socialist nightmare.

Then I visited Frank Turk's weblog this morning and found this. Evidently not all of America's leftists are (wait for it) tickled pink with Obama's transition team and nascent Cabinet.

There don't seem to be any liberals in Obama's cabinet,” writes John Aravosis, the editor of Americablog.com.

"If you don’t think the labor secretary is on the same level as treasury secretary, that gives me pause,” said Jonathan Tasini, who runs the website workinglife.org.

Juan Cole, who runs a prominent anti-war blog called Informed Comment, said he worries Obama will get bad advice from Clinton on the Middle East, calling her too pro-Israel and “belligerent” toward Iran.


I for one wish the President-Elect all the luck in the world. And my most cynical self suspects that the ruckus on the right (and left) is just sound and fury: the election's over, so now the partisans, especially the diehard Fear Story people, need to get back to consolidating their readership.

And I hate to say it, but I'm still holding out hope that the new occupant of the White House will turn out to be more conservative than his predecessor.

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