Welcome to My Fantasy World
I'm already adding to my cabinet. Terrific suggestions, folks!
Do we have to even notice tomorrow's festivities? Can we just pretend it's not happening? I know...let's play ROTISSERIE politics. This is a game I invented after the last election. It's like that fantasy baseball game the weird guy in the next office (or the weird guy next to you in the bed) plays. You pick independent players to be on your team. You aren't bound by anything other than you have to have a complete cabinet. Then, for the next four years, skip all political news. Just put your fingers in your ears and sing, "Na na na." Tell yourself pretty little stories about what your rotisserie team is doing.
I'll start. I warn you, I'm just doing this off the top of my head, with a little help from the web. I'll need to change my picks if I come up with a bunch of losers.
President: Barbara Boxer (it's fantasy politics, people)
VP: Barack Obama (Young, inexperienced, I know. But we went to law school together, and if he remembers me it can only increase my chances of getting invited to the White House.)
Secretary of State: George Soros
Secretary of the Treasury: George Akerloff (UC Berkeley Nobel Laureate in Economics)
Attorney General: Kathleen Sullivan (one-time dean of Stanford Law School. Out lesbian. Very smart.)
Secretary of the Interior: John H. Adams, president of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel
Secretary of Agriculture: Michael Pollan (author of The Botany of Desire)
Secretary of Commerce: Nancy Folbre (an expert on time, money, and family values.)
Secretary of Labor: Sara Horowitz
Secretary of Defense: Daniel Berrigan. Priest and Peace activist.
Secretary of H.U.D.: Julian Bond of the NAACP
Secretary of Transportation: Matt Gonzalez (our own SF dude.)
Secretary of Energy: Carl Pope (Sierra Club president.)
Secretary of Education: Dave Eggers. Seriously. Check out 826 Valencia. The guy is an idea machine.
Secretary of H.H.S.: Katherine Gottlieb, MacArthur genius.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Max Cleland
Department of Homeland Security: Richard Clarke (brilliant idea, here, Fred. Thanks.)
EPA: Pam Matson (She knows about greenhouse gases and what they do.)
Chief of Staff: Ideas?
US Trade Rep: HELP!
Office of Management and Budget Director: Would Byron Dorgan work in this slot?
Drug Czar: Ethan Nadelman, director of the Drug Policy Institute