Some of my conservative friends have taken the news of Obama’s potential appointees as an opportunity to mock his change agenda. That’s what pundits do, of course, and I get the point, but I don’t really see the big deal when I read that
Barack Obama is enlisting former Senate leader Tom Daschle as his health secretary, embracing a third Washington insider in the early stages of Cabinet-building by the president-elect who promised change. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the capital’s most famous woman for two decades, seemed ever more likely to be his secretary of state.
One thing that comforts me is that an inexperienced president-elect is surrounding himself with folks who have been around the block a few times. I don’t agree with them, but they do have experience.
We all know that the “change” Obama promised was new ways of doing things, not that the people doing them would be new. He can make the same argument that was made for Bush’s appointees; he’s the president, he should be able to appoint whom he likes (within reason)>