Barack Obama should name his Cabinet — now. He should have a “balanced” and diverse group of intelligent, articulate Democrats and moderate Republicans and Independents lined up to not only show the American people who will run the government but as a counter to the Palin effect.
What is the Palin effect? Having a woman on the national ticket, very articulate even if she doesn’t know her facts or anything about the Bush Doctrine, lots of fluff, and lots of lipstick, all of which has the entire public talking about her for the past two weeks and shifting attention away from Barack Obama’s campaign efforts.
If Obama stays on his present course, Americans will spend the next 50 + days talking incessantly about Sarah Palin and Sarah Palin only. That’s not a very good strategy for winning the election. If the Republicans, as announced by Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign strategist, is to be about personalities and not issues, Obama naming a Cabinet will further focus on multiple persons and their respective strengths to running government. A government that falls further into disarray each day, especially on the economy.
In addition, Obama can bring Hillary Clinton back into the contest in a meaningful way by announcing he will appoint her to the US Supreme Court with his first appointment. See my previous post on this overlooked opportunity for the Obama campaign.
So, if I could give any advice to Obama it would be for him to quickly announce his Cabinet. Get Palin off center stage!
Also posted at www.eprof22.blogspot.com.