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Obama Names Congressman McHugh (R-NY) Army Secretary

By John Martin - Posted on 02 June 2009

I saw this on CNN this morning, and again applauded President Obama's determination to build a bipartisan administration. 

Of course, this eliminates one of the few Republicans in the NE.  That fact should serve as another wake-up call to the party, before it becomes a regional party.

I would hate to have to play a chess match against President Obama.

He's about the most strategic thinker I've seen as POTUS in my lifetime. 


Kim, there is a book that has just come out that I think will give a lot of insight to the strategic thinking.  I just heard about it on Hardball.  It's by Richard Wolf, and called Renegade: The Making of a President (Renegade was Obama's SS code name during the campaign). 

Be sure to read the reviews down page. 

I have a warm affection for Richard Wolffe. Maybe it's the accent that gets me?? Anyway, I would love to read the book. It sounds very interesting.
I have that same affection, Izzy.  I think he's adorable, very intelligent and quite funny.  I'm sure I'll read that one.

Thanks for the heads-up, Suzi.  I *heart* Richard Wolf, so I'll definitely add this one to my summer reading list!

I would hate to have to play a chess match against President Obama.

He's about the most strategic thinker I've seen as POTUS in my lifetime. 

I second that! I'm sure this appointment may upset the liberals to see yet another Republican tapped by President Obama and it also puts the opposition in a tough spot as the president continues to reach across the aisle. In short, he continues to make the "middle" pretty darn happy. Keep up the good work, Mr. President.

Drip, drip, drip....peeling of every moderate and a bit diabolical to say the least.

after he is done, there won't be any repub. left in the NorthEast......Brilliant.

I am so enjoying mt president.


 I will not throw the first punch but I wil certainly throw the last.....President Barack Obama.

Sherman's March in Reverse? Great article from Politico.

...It’s an event that’s happening with enough frequency to suggest the presence of a design, a plan that not only sketches the outline of a reelection strategy but manages to drive a wedge into the opposition at the same time. Call it a Sherman’s March in reverse — an audacious attempt by Obama to burn down any lines of escape for Republicans from their one refuge of popularity, the deep South.

Since taking office in January, Obama has made an effort to convert GOP moderates in nearly every region of the country, ranging from a former Midwestern congressman, Ray LaHood, who became transportation secretary, to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was recently named ambassador to China.

...And with McHugh’s appointment, Obama has managed to cut New York’s ever-shrinking GOP House delegation by one-third. The state delegation now includes just two Republicans in its 29-member contingent — down from 10 as recently as 2004.

Between high-profile conversions from the Northeast to the Midwest to the Rocky Mountain West — not to mention Obama’s warm relations with the nation’s two most prominent moderate Republican governors, California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida’s Charlie Crist — it’s beginning to look like a strategy that isolates conservatives, reinforces the impression that the GOP is defined by the borders of the Deep South and all the while underscores Obama’s stated goal of working across party lines.

“It’s very smart politically on a lot of levels. First, it’s a demonstration that he’s keeping his promise to govern in a bipartisan way. Second, the fact is, every time you open up a seat in the House or Senate that an incumbent Republican holds, you give your party an opportunity to win one back. And some of those seats may come our way,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist. “It forces Republicans to defend their own territory and spend money on defense.”

“Boxing the Republicans into a South-dominated party is very good strategy, because the more you reduce the Republican Party, the more conservative and reactionary it will become, and thus less attractive to moderates,” said Tom Schaller, a University of Maryland-Baltimore County professor and the author of “Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.” “The Midwest and the Northeast are the places where there are still remnants of old-line Rockefeller Republicans. And these are the places where the Democrats will build durable majorities.”



BTW: just pivked up Renegade.

Full of gossip.


 I will not throw the first punch but I wil certainly throw the last.....President Barack Obama.

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