I understand this, I really do:
People on the left are not looking at Obama’s appointments with a jaundiced eye because they think he needs to apply some liberal orthodoxy litmus test. They have legitimate concerns that people like Geitner, Summers and other Rubin acolytes created this mess, and it’s reasonable to ask why they’re being appointed to get us out of it. While some of us want to give Obama a chance to fulfill the promises he campaigned on and work with the staff of his choice in order to do so, we’d have to be a bunch of intellectually dishonest kool-aid swilling freaks to pretend his economics team didn’t have some troublesome baggage.
And after the past eight years, it’s a bit much to stomach someone saying “just shut up and trust me, because I know better.”
At the same time, I just don’t have it in me to get all spastic about things until after the inauguration when his team starts to do things. I guess I am just more patient than others- look what it took for me to finally leave the GOP.
On a related note, Frank Rich’s column yesterday was an absolute must read.