Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Coalition Government

"Abraham Lincoln managed to appoint to his cabinet four of his rivals to the 1860 Republican nomination. Barack Obama has now made one of his, his vice president, another of his, secretary of state, a third likely to become his secretary of commerce. But in our fifth story on the Countdown, as he rolled out his national security team, the president-elect could now out-Lincoln Lincoln. He also has a secretary of defense fresh from the Bush administration, an attorney-general and a U.N. ambassador from the Clinton administration, a head of an economic recovery advisory board out of the Carter and Reagan administrations, and a national security advisor who appeared at at least one campaign event for the senator Obama defeated in the election last month. This is not the dream of Doris Kearns Goodwin"s publishers come true, a Team of Rivals; this is now bordering on a coalition government."

Keith Olberman, December 1, 2008

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