Elections Have Consequences
by Todd Beeton, Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 08:43:39 AM EST
Remember this classic moment from 2007?
For me, the replacement of Sen. James Inhofe, a global warming denier, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works with Sen. Barbara Boxer after the 2006 election was a shining example of the sort of change that would come if we replaced Republicans with Democrats at every level of government. Well, we're about to see a lot more of that change as cronies, corporatists and incompetents get replaced with qualified and even progressive individuals to top government posts. Consider this possibility:
President-elect Barack Obama is looking at possibly appointing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to sources familiar with the process, though he is eying several other prominent environmentalists as well.
Kennedy founded and now chairs the Waterkeeper Alliance, which promotes water quality in the U.S. and abroad, while simultaneously serving as an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a professor at Pace University School of Law. He backed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in this year's Democratic presidential primary, but his cousin Caroline co-chaired Obama's vice presidential search committee.
Elections have consequences, indeed.