In case you'd like to see one of the BP ads that sparked this primo dig, go here.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008:
I have nothing against having token Republicans in the Obama administration. Or, heck, include them as part of Blue Ribbon commissions we can cheerily ignore, or in undersecretary positions where they can offer contradictory advice and thus help prevent a bubble from forming around the Obama Administration.
But the problem with putting a Republican at secretary of defense (or in the intelligence agencies) is that it reinforces the bullshit notion that only Republicans can be effective stewards of our national defense.
Whether Gates has been a good Sec of Defense is irrelevant. There are plenty of Democrats who could ably fill that cabinet seat. There is no reason to reinforce a stereotype that has been damaging not just the Democratic Party -- but the nation itself. Iraq, anyone? After the last eight years, Republicans have no basis upon which to claim supremacy on national security issues.
This is an election for change. If voters want Republicans at the Defense Department, they can vote for John McCain.