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Innocence vs. Experience: Should Obama Appoint Insiders?

Ever since Obama started making actual decisions, people seem less enthusiastic about him. He pledged to let only the cleanest hands touch the White House, but choices like Tom Daschle for health secretary have attracted criticism. While not a registered lobbyist (that's his wife's job), Daschle's advised healthcare companies at a Washington law and lobbying firm since leaving the senate in 2004.

And, of course, there's the thickest file of all — Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. Though no offer has been made, her vetting could be taking extra time because of Bill Clinton's financial entanglements. It was Hillary who ran a campaign saying the best way to change things is to understand how they work. Is that true now? Or, is Obama breaking his promise for a new Washington?


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