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Obama’s First Steps Are Making Centrists Hopeful

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Earlier today, Doug highlighted an article from the NY Times about Obama stocking his cabinet with non-partisan picks, and Kevin Bliss of What Should Be did the same.

Here’s what Doug had to say about it…

For all the rhetoric from John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the right-wing scream machine that Barack Obama was a socialist who would drag America further to the left, his first few weeks as President-Elect reveal something entirely different […]

Cabinet choices like Bill Richardson for Commerce, Eric Holder for Attorney General, and Janet Napalitano for Homeland Security don’t exactly fall into the far-left category, either.

All of this suggests that the Obama Administration will be more like the Clinton Administration than some ascendant Far Left nightmare concocted after listening to too much Sean Hannity.

Kevin shares this hopeful sentiment…

Perhaps it’s too early sing hallelujahs but the news concerning President-elect Obama’s key appointments is music to a centrist ear. It increases the chances this President could be a great one. […]

There’s also indications that President-elect Obama intends to nominate [General] James L. Jones to be his national security advisor. This is also incredibly good news. […]

My familiarity with the General comes from his work as the head of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Such an appointment would mean that there really will be someone who has President Obama’s ear who knows something, in fact quite a lot, about energy and the national security implications of our dependence upon foreign oil. […]

It would mean that for the first time in a long time this country would have a chance of crafting a rational and balanced national energy strategy. Republicans have traditionally excluded environmentalists from a full seat at the policy table and Democrats have traditionally excluded anyone who knows anything about energy. This would shake things up.

Obviously is too earlier to tell what type of President Obama will be, but the “First 100 Days” is vital to any presidency and it appears as if Obama’s is shaping up to be one of consensus building, not partisan warfare.

If that proves true, he’ll be off to a tremendous start.

Fingers crossed.