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Thanks to mumpish for pointing out that five departures is not an unusual number after all. He shared the link to this article about the Clinton cabinet departures, and I had forgotten about that, honestly. (Also, work blocks so much stuff that I hardly even bother searching any more, to be honest -- it's not that I'm too lazy, it's that there is so little I can access outside of CNN, LJ, and the NY Times. Had I been at home, I would have done some fact checking.)

Anyway, thanks for setting me to rights on that.

However, his information doesn't come without a price. His post about "It's not unusual" has forced the Tom Jones tune into my head, and I can't get rid of it. *cries* Help! :)

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streamweaver
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)
As I said yesterday, I'm not sure the actual numbers mattered as much as the specific appointments.

I think these replacements are still a bit more than just business as usual. People have been looking toward these new cabinet appointees as an indication of what the president really thought of his first four years. I think some people were convinced that much of what they saw as having gone wrong in the last term was more a factor of the people around him than the President’s leadership itself. So lingering questions about how he viewed the Geneva Convention accords, the planning of the war, and many other things are being answered by how he handles 2nd term appointments. A famous Bush statement from the debate when he finally admitted to making some mistakes was his view of "appointing the wrong people".

People don't have to wonder what that means anymore and these appointments seem very significant in dispelling any notion that events over the previous tenure may not have been exactly to his liking. His appointment to the Justice Department of the man who authored the opinion dispelling the Geneva Conventions leaves little doubt as to his stance. The sidelining of Powel can no longer be seen as a cabal of Rumsfeld and Cheney and the appointment of Rice to the Secretary of State position leaves little doubt as to his opinion on weather the planning in Iraq was well done.

Other cabinet appointments also help clarify his take on the last four years and indicate what is ahead for the next four. This isn't to say the appointments were good or bad ideas, though I doubt anyone is confused as to my personal opinion, but it does point out that waving the importance of the nominations off just by quoting numbers is deceptively dismissive.
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