Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Update: Obama's Cabinet, On the Full Moon

Here is an update. The pale green boxes are expected to announced in the next week. The dark green have been announced, with the exception of Tom Daschel. I forgot to change to color.

Tuesday, December 16

Ok, the Washington Post is reporting that Xavier Becerra may not be the nominee for Trade Rep after all. Apparently, Latino groups are unhappy and Becerra may opt to stay in the House. I left his name there, but it is now in question.

Also, Sen. Specter has said that he will hold up Eric Holder's (no pun intended) nomination hearings until Jan 15. After all of the antics that the Attorneys General have pulled over the last 8 years, and all of the financial corruption that has been demonstrated in the last weeks, they are delaying Holder's nomination to further investigate his role in a single presidential pardon of Mark Rich? Look, the guy did deals with Iran during the Hostage Crisis. That was bad. But Lewis Libby who had his 30 month prison sentences commuted, assisted in the outing of a CIA agent. So . . . game even. Game over.

Looks like the Republicans want to fight yesterday's wars. Tisk tisk. Such animosity toward the Clintons still exists . . .talk about beating a dead horse and holding a grudge!


Dr. Strangelove said...

Thanks again for the update! Still curious to see who he picks for Interior and Labor. And Surgeon General too, come to think of it.

Raised By Republicans said...

How cool is it that he has Latinos at both Commerce and Trade?

When Republicans appoint minority members to their Cabinet they seem to appoint them to positions that don't matter much those constituencies (like Powell and Rice to State and NSC/State).

Obama appoints a pro-trade Latino to Commerce!

I looked up Baccera on "On the ( and he seems to be in favor of bilateral trade agreements but he voted against CAFTA despite having supported bilateral agreements with both Peru and Chile. He also voted to make China's MFN status conditional on human rights improvements. And he's for compensating domestic workers who get displaced by trade. I wouldn't call this guy a protectionist but CATO thinks he might be.

The Law Talking Guy said...

Becerra's constituency is East LA, which is Latino and immigrant. So the horror of jobs going overseas is not his issue. He is pro-labor, however, which means he will insist on collective bargaining rights as part of trade deals. I approve.

Raised By Republicans said...

Yeah, I like the pro-labor/pro-trade combination. The Lou Dobbs populism that blames trade for anti-labor policies (and everything else) is what really gets me upset.

The Law Talking Guy said...

I am amazed at Ken Salazar for Interior. There will be a fourth appointed senator now? Biden, Obama, Clinton, Salazar... Wow. It was not certain if he would run again (Salazar) because apparently he's not too popular at home (Colorado). Bill Ritter will now make a replacement appointment. Mayor of Denver?

Raised By Republicans said...

The Republicans want to fight yesterday's battles because they lose badly on the current ones.