November 4th, 2008
03:25 PM ET

Cabinet making

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John B. Judis
The New Republic

If Barack Obama wins the presidency, I don't know who he is going to put in his cabinet, but I have some recommendations for how he should go about choosing people. My assumption is that he will face unprecedented challenges (a downturn, a financial crisis, two wars) and opportunities (a large Democratic majority, discredited opposition in Congress and on K Street). At the same time, he can expect this opposition to do whatever it thinks is necessary to block his initiatives. Republicans in Congress and conservative activists in Washington know that if Obama has a successful presidency, he has a chance to establish a lasting Democratic majority that would keep them on the sidelines well into the next decade.


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  1. Annie Kate

    When Lincoln was President he picked some of his rivals for the Presidency to be in his cabinet – Seward, Chase, etc. Obama might pick his own "team of rivals" to get bipartisan support and to reflect what he has said during the campaign – at the end we are all Americans and we have to pull together.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    November 4, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  2. Sharon

    I hope that Obama will choose General Honore for head of FEMA. It obviously needs a considerable over haul and I can't think of any one more suited to the job.

    I also think Obama should appoint, in the interest of bi-partisanship, David Gergen to a position of some sort of importance. The man is pure unflappable intelligence and logic.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Justin

    I just want to say i am truly excited about our next president, Obama. He is fearless and has stuck by his principals the whole time.I can wait to see what changes he brings to the table.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  4. Larry

    What if there is no opposition in Congress; if all seats are held by democrats?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |