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As Barack Obama’s opus, Team of Rivals, continues its rolling debut, the early reviews are in and the “critics” are full of praise for the cast:
“[T]he new administration is off to a good start.”
— Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell
“[S]uperb . . . the best of the Washington insiders . . . this will be a valedictocracy — rule by those who graduate first in their high school classes.”
— David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist
“[J]ust about perfect. . . .”
— Senator Joe Lieberman, former Democrat and John McCain’s top surrogate in the 2008 campaign.
— Karl Rove, “Bush’s brain”
“I am gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain . . . this all but puts an end to the 16-month timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, the unconditional summits with dictators, and other foolishness that once emanated from the Obama campaign . . . [Hillary] Clinton and [James] Steinberg at State should be powerful voices for ‘neo-liberalism’ which is not so different in many respects from ‘neo-conservativism.'”
— Max Boot, neoconservative activist, former McCain staffer.
“I see them as being sort of center-right of the Democratic party.”
— James Baker, former Secretary of State and the man who led the theft of the 2000 election.
“[S]urprising continuity on foreign policy between President Bush’s second term and the incoming administration . . . certainly nothing that represents a drastic change in how Washington does business. The expectation is that Obama is set to continue the course set by Bush. . . .”
— Michael Goldfarb of the neoconservative Weekly Standard
“I certainly applaud many of the appointments. . . .”
— Senator John McCain
“So far, so good.”
— Senator Lamar Alexander, senior Republican Congressional leader.
Hillary Clinton will be “outstanding” as Secretary of State
— Henry Kissinger, war criminal
Rahm Emanuel is “a wise choice” in the role of Chief of Staff
— Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, John McCain’s best friend
Obama’s team shows “Our foreign policy historically is not partisan.”
— Ed Rollins, top Republican strategist and Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign manager
“The country will be in good hands.”
— Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State
**Team of Rivals will be playing
all day, every day for at least the next four years**
Jeremy Scahill pledges to be the same journalist under an Obama administration that he was during Bill Clinton and George Bush’s presidencies. He is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army and is a frequent contributor to The Nation and Democracy Now! He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. This observation was first posted to his blog at AlterNet on 30 November 2008.