All through 2008, the far-right cried like Chicken Little about Obama being a secret Muslim, communist, and terrorist, and in their racism insinuated that he’d appoint a cabinet full of scary names (to conservatives) like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Some fundamentalist Christians even seriously speculated that Obama might be the Antichrist.
And now that Obama is actually starting to put his cabinet together, what do we find?
A moderate surrounding himself with people characterized, not by their ideology, but by their smarts and experience.
As the NY Times puts it, Obama appears to be:
. . . planning to govern from the center-right of his party, surrounding himself with pragmatists rather than ideologues.
The choices are as revealing of the new president as they are of his appointees — and suggest that, from its first days, an Obama White House will brim with big personalities and far more spirited debate than occurred among the largely like-minded advisers who populated President Bush’s first term.
In other words, we’re getting the Obama that most people thought they were voting for, not the cartoonish monstrosity of Rush Limbaugh’s and Sean Hannity’s imaginations.