The new president's early appointments are many of the usual suspects. The carping from the left of his party, and the independents to the left of that, is likely to soon be louder than the expected carping from the right.The carping has started a bit sooner than I expected. Perhaps, as in the later days of the Johnson administration and in most of the Carter administration, the opposition to the right can make a winning argument by default.
NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT? Some of the more vocal critics of the Bush administration have gone after the incoming Obama administration, before a single bill has been signed into law. The headline to Jeremy Scahill's essay summarizes what is to come. This is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House. Paranoia strikes deep. Likewise, Heather Wokusch offers You're Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die. I'm not surprised to see such reactions.