Barack Obama may have shared his toys in kindergarten…

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November 26, 2008 @ 19:23 UTC

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But he knows how to play with grown-ups now. As proved by his pick of Joe Biden - and as Paul Krugman notes in the New York Times:

“Seriously, isn’t it amazing just how impressive the people being named to key positions in the Obama administration seem? Bye-bye hacks and cronies, hello people who actually know what they’re doing. For a bunch of people who were written off as a permanent minority four years ago, the Democrats look remarkably like the natural governing party these days, with a deep bench of talent.

That doesn’t mean they’ll succeed — this might be a good time to reread The Best and the Brightest. But what an improvement!”

An improvement, indeed. The Republican party seems to wear ignorance and anti-intellectualism as a badge of honour; and the Bush administration rife was with cronyism. In fact, as the son of a former President, you could say he himself was the ultimate crony. Surrounded by cronies. Being all crony-like.

(Hmm… ‘crony’ is definitely one of those words which, the more you say it, the weirder it sounds.)

Hat-tip: Bob Cesca.

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