Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Obama Picks Gates, Goes for Unity

Tapping Gates for Secretary of Defense once again reveals the tensions between the two Obamas.

It's beginning to become clear that what Obama is doing is assembling the Pragmatist Cabinet.

Being a pragmatist myself, I personally like this cabinet.

But it's clear that if Obama's going to keep his base happy, he's going to have to lead this band with a bit more of Obama the Idealist.

Or, to borrow the violin metaphor from David Rothkopf ("hold power with your left hand, play the music with your right"), looks like Obama's building a pretty first class bow. What we don't know anything about yet is what kind of violin he's going to play.

Unless you believe this analysis of Obama's violin by Nate Silver.

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