Every time Barack Obama announces a new cabinet appointment, I get The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again running through my head. Obama’s picks seem to echo the song’s classic closing lines: “Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss.” Team Obama is largely made up of Clinton Administration and Democratic Party retreads.
Potential new Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson was President Clinton’s Secretary of Energy. Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder was a key official in the Clinton Justice Department. Clinton Tresury Secretary Lawrence Summers will head the National Economic Council. Reported Secretary of State Hilary Clinton… well, I suppose she didn’t technically serve in the Clinton Administration. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was a policy adviser in the Clinton White House.
Combined with Tom Daschle’s appointment to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and even dating to the selection of five-term Senator Joe Biden as his Vice President, Obama has demonstrated a consistent preference for surrounding himself with people who are very comfortable inside the beltway. Not that any of these people are unqualified for their positions, but their selections make the campaign mantra of “change” ring a little hollow now.
There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-by.