Sunday, November 16, 2008

Obama I = Clinton III

All the old Clintonistas are heading for jobs in the Obama administration. This BBC article has the details. Is this the change Obama promised? So much for Obama's "new politics."

It represents "change" in the sense that it is going from the Bush era back to the Clinton era. This move should be no surprise. Each time the administration changes from one party to the other, you see experienced people from the last time the party held power getting jobs in the new one. It is how Washington works.

A third "Clinton" term may even reassure many people who voted for Hillary and who remember the Bill Clinton years with fondness. I suspect they will be disappointed.

Bill was luckier than he deserved; the country was enjoying a "vacation from history." These times are unlike those, the vacation is long over.