And so it begins…

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Forget the honeymoon
by Justin Raimondo

“When I hear talk of a ‘honeymoon’ for the President-elect — to last as long as six months, by some accounts — I think: ‘Fine. You lay off, and I’ll do the same.’ But oh no, it doesn’t work that way. Obama has already started in on us, and he hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet. I’m talking about his appointments, starting with Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff.” (11/07/08)

And then there’s the hangover
by Thomas L. Knapp

“As everyone keeps pointing out, president-elect Barack Obama is a ‘transformational figure,’ by which I assume they do not mean that he can turn himself into a truck or an airplane or whatever and fly off to fight evil robots invading from space (although it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some people do, in fact, believe that as well). The thing with ‘transformational figures’ is that they produce transformations. And the thing with transformations is that they tend to be unpredictable, both in detail and with respect to their effects on ‘the big picture.'” (11/06/08)

Three predictions for Obama’s America
by Nick Gillespie

“Will President Obama be a, coff-coff, game-changer? His fans certainly believe so, attributing to the junior senator from the Land of Lincoln all manner of supernatural powers. He will, we can rest assured, singlehandedly make Iran, whose president literally exhausted himself hating on the Great Satan, and every other country in the world, bless these United States once again. He will raise average wages, either through passing pro-union legislation such as ‘Card Check’ or through sheer force of personality. He’ll make a beer that really does taste great and is less filling. He’ll resolve that great epistemological conundrum that haunted Dr. Johnson and Bishop Berkeley’s correspondence: Is Razzles a gum or a candy? Barack Obama’s
foes — excuse me, Barack Hussein Obama’s foes — ascribe to him the same Superduperman-like abilities but worry that the guy will be kryptonite to the American nation, the American Dream, the American economy, and more.” (11/06/08)

Obama’s disappointing first choice
The Nation
by John Nichols

“House Minority Leader John Boehner and other Republican insiders in Washington are griping about President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel to serve as White House chief of staff. Emanuel, they complain, is too partisan. If only that were the case. Partisan true believers stand strong for the ideals and principles of a party, they want to follow the dictates of the platform and stay in tune with grassroots activists. That’s not a description of Rahm Emanuel. In fact, Emanuel is the opposite of a partisan. He is someone who has worked very hard for a very long time — first in the Clinton administration and then in Congress — to change the Democratic party into a more cautious, centrist and compromised institution.”

A look under the hood of an Obama Administration
by Joshua Frank

“Tuesday’s celebration hangovers have finally started to wear off, and the pieces are beginning to fall into place. Change will be coming to Washington in January, but it is difficult to decipher what form it will take. Early clues, however, suggest that Barack Obama’s administration will prove unlikely to alter the fundamental political machinery that has led us into war and economic turmoil. Below is a brief summary of Obama’s potential choices for a few key roles in his administration.” (11/06/08)

Can Obama stop the Bush administration’s final economic heist?
by Naomi Klein

“The first order of business — and one that cannot wait until inauguration — must be halting the robbery-in-progress known as the ‘economic bailout.’ … the $700-billion ‘rescue plan’ should be regarded as the Bush Administration’s final heist. Not only does it transfer billions of dollars of public wealth into the hands of politically connected corporations (a Bush specialty), but it passes on such an enormous debt burden to the next administration that it will make real investments in green infrastructure and universal health care close to impossible. If this final looting is not stopped (and yes, there is still time), we can forget about Obama making good on the more progressive aspects of his campaign platform, let alone the hope that he will offer the country some kind of grand Green New Deal.” (11/06/08)


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