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Sunday, July 27, 2008

7:00 A.M. January 21, 2009: Triage America

Firefighters will tell you the biggest job at any fire is the overhaul, or sorting the undamaged and salvageable goods from the garbage. To save anything you have to stop the damage, and water that put the fire out can cause a lot on unintended damage.  The last eight years have been a disaster that will probably take President Obama's first term to sort out and clean up. The fact that so much time will be spent just putting things back in order will annoy a lot of folk that have unrealistic hopes for the new administration. Charges of betrayal will fly. The unsatisfiable will be unsatisfied. Code Pink will piddle on their pillows. Nader will Whig-out. Blogs will bloviate. Letters will be written. Threats will be made. Nothing is new.

I hope The Obama administration will have flying squads that will move into the Pentagon, Department of Justice, and executive offices and preserve evidence and pass out pre printed resignation letters to all the Bush appointees. All this means that the new administration can't play it the way Clinton did and wait until they take office. The transition from campaign to administration will take months of planning, and I hope it has already begun. Vetting is the most time consuming part of a change, and once more Obama should take a hint from Clinton's mistakes. Clinton thought that just because he had worked with someone they could slide right into his cabinet. Senate confirmation pulled worms out of the cracks in the resumes of at least three of his appointees. President Obama's vetters are going to need to look at his old Chicago pals under an especially strong microscope, and explain to them that what went overlooked in Illinois will be on the front page of every American newspaper in short order. 

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