I say there is a vast middle way between brainless robo-cheerleading for the Obama Administration and declaring that the Obama Administration already has sold out progressive values and will be no better than a third Clinton term. I agree with Jane H. and John A. (objecting to Steve Hildebrand) that there are reasons to express concern about some of Obama’s cabinet choices.
The blogosphere in particular will, I hope, maintain some objective distance from the Obama Administration. This is not just to remind Obama of what we expect from him. The Right Blogosphere has been little more than cheerleaders and water-carriers for the GOP, and as a result they have no influence in the party at all.
My goal from the beginning was not to elect Democrats but to restore progressivism to America’s governing process. Electing Democrats is a means, not an end. We all need to remind ourselves of that from time to time.
I also agree with David Sirota —
I counsel not fretting too much yet. While there is truth to the notion that “personnel is policy,” crises can make radicals out of former Establishmentarians, and the president-elect’s initial declarations imply a boldly progressive agenda. “Remember, Franklin Roosevelt gave no evidence in his prior career that he would lead the dramatic sea change in American politics that he led,” says historian Eric Rauchway.
Anyone who knows with certainty what the Obama cabinet will do is a fool. There are, to recall a former Secretary of Defense — known unknowns. These include how the cabinet choices will work with President Obama and what he will direct them to do. There are also unknown unknowns — crises and opportunities that haven’t unfolded yet.
See also Bill Berkowitz.