There are rumors aplenty, but take them with caution, about potential members of the Obama Administration.
Despite understanding, on a cerebral level, what Obama is trying to do, on a visceral level my instinct is to use the majority to implement progressive policies fast and forcefully, to have enough time for those policies to take hold and demonstrate to the people that they are good – two years of gradual economic recovery, new jobs, affordable health-care, serious environmental programs and such can lead to further increase in Dem numbers in Congress instead of decline, and would ensure Obama’s re-election another two years after.
I understand that, as a Progressive, I will not like all of his cabinet picks or agree with all of his policy proposals.
I guess I can live with Rahm Emanuel.
But there are people I cannot live with.
Robert Kennedy Jr. is one of those. He is the typical paranoid, conspiracy-theorist, hyperbolic quack. A kind of person shunned, ignored and marginalized by the Democratic Party for decades now for two good reasons: such people’s judgment cannot be trusted, and such people give the party a bad name. We are supposed to be Reality-Based Community and RFK Jr. does not belong.
For more information, this is your Obligatory Reading of the Day. RFK Jr as a head of a Federal Agency (either Interior or Environment) would be equivalent to Michael Crichton advising Bush on climate change, or McCain choosing Sarah Palin for VP. Embarrassing.
Now, how can Obama be notified that most scientists, academics and otherwise educated folks would be very unhappy about these two choices? Does anyone have a personal touch with a member of his Transition Team? Good connections in the Mainstream Media? Or could we, by screaming to the tops of our voices on many blogs catch the attention of the Media sufficiently for Obama himself to be made aware of it? What is the best way to do this?
But there are also positive suggestions. We have already discussed several potential Science Advisors. We know that Obama is very pro-science and he mentions science in every speech. I have pushed for my choice, but there are several other good choices as well.
How about Lawrence Lessig? Obama’s campaign has used the technology in a truly winning way so he should understand how important freedom of information is.
And how do we push these ideas loudly enough to get picked up by the media and the Transition Team?
Update – more from my SciBlings: