A very interesting choice for the SecDef nominee. If confirmed, it will put a 4-star in charge at the CIA and a CIA chief in charge at the Pentagon. I stand by my analysis of Lieberman I posted earlier today before Gates was announced -- I think that would have been the Rove call, no question. Now, I think Rove and Cheney are sleeping on the porch, and this proved that Bush wants to save his legacy more than anything. I will be particularly watching if there is still such a push on unitary executive -- or if Bush is now seeing that he sat in the back while the big boys drove him off a cliff, and Bush loyalty is all about the family -- and Cheney is not a part of the family.
A psychologist would be on the couch with all the father-son weirdo stuff going on here -- but how interesting that Bush 41 looks a whole lot better to us than he originally did because Bush 43 is so bad. Maybe 43 figures going back to the daddy well (Gates, Baker, Scowcroft, Condi) and kicking the neocons to the curb is his only chance at any legacy rehabilitation.
For once, the blogosphere rapid response that was so important during the election cycle is not as essential here -- I will be looking forward to the long-range analysis that will take a week or two to put together.
In the end, keep in mind Chairman Conyers, Judiciary, with subpoena power. Now that's what I think of when I think of checks and balances. Those rubber stamps are running out of ink fast.