Obama and Biden were with the governors today insisting on the need to maintain the lines of communication open between the federal executive and the states. Who can blame them? The problems facing the country are “ginormous” and nobody has a perfectly luminous crystal ball. So Obama & Biden will surely take the help wherever they can get it.

More on that here:

http://thepage.time.com/2008/12/02/pawlenty-we-appreciated-meeting-with-obama/

“Rhambo” Emmanuel was also talking today, briefing the press on the activities of his new boss. This is early days, but I know between now and Easter, somebody in the press is gonna be told what Rahm really thinks about them. Ok, I have totally bought into the luminiscence of that crystal ball. But it would certainly give us a small side show for a few days, something we may need from this otherwise very disciplined Obama Team.

Oh two more items:

1-James Steinberg will be named as Deputy Secretary of State under Hillary Clinton at State. Thank God! I was afraid that smug and sometimes arrogant Richard Holbrooke was gonna be back at State. But either way, more Clintonites coming back to their old jobs or something close to that.

2-Bill Richardsom will be officially unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday) as Commerce Secretary. Poor guy! Leaving the sunshine of New Mexico for the Commerce Department after putting his neck on the line for Obama after the jeremiah Wright nonsense.

Oh well, either way it’s back to the future in Obamaland!

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