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A Thumbnail Guide to Obama Cabinet Picks

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner — More of the same, for better or for worse. Sympatico with Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke on the bailouts. Wall Street seems happy, for the moment.

Attorney General Eric Holder — Awful. Hostile to both the Second Amendment and the First, and horrible in lots of other ways.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano — Mixed. In the short history of DHS, the politician (Tom Ridge) has been much less impressive than the obscure national security expert (Michael Chertoff). But she might be decent on border enforcement.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle — Grating. We have to listen to that damn stage whisper throughout the coming health care policy debates. Potential harbinger of the apocalypse.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (likely) — Jury’s out. Does she get to bring in Richard Holbrooke as deputy secretary? If so it’s a good sign. If not, it may mean the Obama foreign policy team is trying to make her a figurehead Secretary, as Kissinger did with William P. Rogers. Think she’ll stand for that?

UPDATE: A reader reminds me that Bill Richardson is reportedly being tapped for Commerce. I often forget about the Commerce Department, and when I remember it I mainly just wish that it would go away. Anyway, if it means that Richardson is being shut out of the foreign policy loop it’s probably a good thing.

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