.Last week, President-elect Joe Biden picked much of his leading White Home aides. This week, he’s announced some leading Cabinet and national security posts. There are numerous, lots of tasks left to fill– most notably defense secretary and chief law officer– but here’s what we’re learning so far about Biden, the Biden administration and how he’ll govern …It’s back to normal– at least as far as Biden’s staffing is concerned.As anticipated, Biden is designating really conventional individuals, in the mode of many other presidents– other than for Biden’s instant predecessor, naturally. President Trump at first picked a chief of staff (Reince Priebus) and secretary of state (Rex Tillerson) without any previous experience in the federal government and two top White House advisors (Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller) whose views were fairly beyond the elite GOP mainstream. It is not likely that a President Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio would have called any of those 4 to those posts.Biden’s choice for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, for example, was deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama. Nearly every individual Biden has actually named to an extremely senior function was in a top post in the Obama administration. Rather, Biden is calling the most generally qualified people for these tasks, as previous presidents have done.
January 15, 2021