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As Barack Obama puts together his cabinet, there has been much talk about the team of rivals approach.  This approach was used by another president from Illinois – Abraham Lincoln.  The concept is pretty interesting, and if done well, can really benefit the country.  This is not just reaching across the political divide and choosing someone from the other party, this is choosing someone with unique qualities, and strengths to augment the administration both intellectually and politically.  

To some extent, I think another reason is to take out potential trouble makers from the opposing party.  Would John McCain make a good cabinet member if he was antagonistic to Obama’s policies in the senate?  Keep your friend close, keep your enemies closer.  Since part of the the Republican agenda under the Bush administration seemed to be put someone incompetent in charge, I think some of these recommendations just might work.

Here are some strategic choices I think Obama should make to enhance his bi-partisan team of rivals approach.

James Inhofe – EPA - under-undersecretary in charge of Cow Farts.

Tom Coburn – Health and Human Services - under-undersecretary in charge of identifying the gay agenda.

Joe Lieberman – Department of Justice - under-under-under-subsecretary in charge of subversive political shenanigans, so we can no longer use the excuse “because no one could image that happening”

Saxby Chambliss – Department of Veterans Affairs (only if he wins runoff) sub-under under subsecretary in charge of triple amputee scrutiny.

John Boehner  - White House Political Affairs -  under sub director for developing trust for government among conservative voters.  I like what he has done so far.

Dan Lipinksi – Department of Transportation - assistant to the under sub secretary for alternative energy in charge of cross continental steam engine use.  This dino can’t even make a stand for his own district on whether a rail way should be moved from through Chicago to around Chicago.  This dino can’t even take a stand.

Lindsey Graham – Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms, Assistant to the under sub assistant director of identifying drunken binges on TV.

Michele Bachmann – FBI – Assistant to the under sub assistant director's assistant for identifying American terrorists.

Originally posted to jimraff on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 06:02 PM PST.

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