“[T]he new administration is off to a good start.”
— Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.
“[S]uperb … the best of the Washington insiders … this will be a valedictocracy — rule by those who graduate first in their high school classes.”
— David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist
“[V]irtually perfect … “
— Senator Joe Lieberman, former Democrat and John McCain’s top surrogate in the 2008 campaign.
— Karl Rove, “Bush’s brain.”
“I am gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain … this all but puts an end to the 16-month timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, the unconditional summits with dictators, and other foolishness that once emanated from the Obama campaign … [Hillary] Clinton and [James] Steinberg at State should be powerful voices for ‘neo-liberalism’ which is not so different in many respects from ‘neo-conservativism.'”
— Max Boot, neoconservative activist, former McCain staffer.
“I see them as being sort of center-right of the Democratic party.”
— James Baker, former Secretary of State and the man who led the theft of the 2000 election.
“[S]urprising continuity on foreign policy between President Bush’s second term and the incoming administration … certainly nothing that represents a drastic change in how Washington does business. The expectation is that Obama is set to continue the course set by Bush … “
— Michael Goldfarb of the neoconservative Weekly Standard.
“I certainly applaud many of the appointments … “
— Senator John McCain
“So far, so good.”
— Senator Lamar Alexander, senior Republican Congressional leader.
Hillary Clinton will be “outstanding” as Secretary of State
— Henry Kissinger, war criminal
Rahm Emanuel is “a wise choice” in the role of Chief of Staff
— Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, John McCain’s best friend.
Obama’s team shows “Our foreign policy is non-partisan.“
— Ed Rollins, top Republican strategist and Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign manager
“The country will be in good hands.”
— Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State