Why wouldn't an intellectual lightweight select a couple of intellectual lightweights: Biden and Sotomayor, for key positions? Anyone who criticizes must be racist, sexist, or, in Biden's case: blowhardist.
Being two-faced as a strategy: somethings got to give
Darren Hutchinson, quoting E.J. Dionne:
Last Thursday afternoon, for example, the White House invited in journalists, mostly opinion writers, to sell them on the substance of the president's big speech on Guantanamo and the treatment of detainees.Barack's Presidency will be the longest he has ever held one job. You can be all things to all people only if you keep moving: if you stay a moving target. Barack is pinned to this job for almost 4 more years. Somethings got to give.
Unbeknown to the writers until afterward, they had been divided into two groups, one more centrist with a sprinkling of moderate conservatives, the other more liberal. (I was in the liberal group.) The president made an unscheduled appearance at each briefing. As is his way, he charmed both groups.
The idea, as far as I can determine, was to sell the liberal group on those aspects of Obama's plan that are a break from George W. Bush's policies, and to sell the centrist group on the toughness of the president's approach and the fact that it squares with Bush's more moderate moves later in his second term.