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Would Republicans Block Lincoln, Jesus, and Jefferson if Obama Wanted Them in His Cabinet?

Give President Obama a time machine and a wish list -- Republicans would still find reasons to try to stymie him

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Additionally, in conjunction with his libertarian principles, he became a vocal supporter of protecting a woman’s right to choose, and, the Post notes, he applied “the full force of his cantankerous personality to frequent denunciations of the religious right and occasional defenses of Bill Clinton.”

So while the famous Rachel Maddow-Rand Paul  interview reminds us that today’s GOP probably would have no problem with Goldwater refusing to support the 1964 Civil Rights Act (a move Goldwater later  regretted), that same Republican Party would almost certainly have a problem with such an outspokenly pro-gay, pro-choice, anti-religious right Cabinet nominee from the Obama White House.

8. Santa Claus, I-N.P.

If there was a perfect résumé for a nominee to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), it has to be that of Santa Claus. As the head of an aid agency with global reach, he has solid firsthand experience managing production, logistics, transportation and distribution. This experience isn’t just from an office suite, either — he is the hands-on manager of a massive Elvish bureaucracy, personally pilots distribution runs every winter, and makes sure to give out aid based on the internationally recognized metrics of “naughty” and “nice.”

Yet, if Santa was nominated to head USAID, Republicans would filibuster his appointment based on suspicions that he is communist. As proof, they would cite not just his red uniform, but also the fact that his company seems more interested in delivering sloth-inducing  “free stuff” to the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income tax than in motivating that 47 percent to start working for their own gifts. Additionally, the few GOP civil libertarians in Congress would raise objections to his distribution model’s reliance on chimney-focused breaking and entering schemes.

7. Ronald Reagan, R-Calif.

Back in 2008, President Obama famously  praised Reagan’s political skills, so it is no stretch to think a  resurrected Reagan would be an obvious candidate for an Obama nomination, either in a domestic or foreign policy position. The problem is that Reagan would be a target of GOP ideologues in both arenas.

If Reagan was nominated for a domestic position, his record backing moderate  immigration policies and proudly  championing union rights would make him a lightning rod among the GOP and conservative media voices. Even if Obama sought to put Reagan in a purely economic position like Treasury secretary, the Gipper’s record  raising taxes and pushing gun control would present serious GOP roadblocks for that nomination, what with Treasury’s respective roles on fiscal policy and in overseeing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Likewise, if Reagan was nominated for a military or foreign policy post, he would be accused by today’s Republicans of “cutting and running” in the face of terrorists when he pulled U.S. troops out of Lebanon. Also, just as Republicans  criticize Obama for being willing to negotiate with America’s enemies, Reagan would be hammered by the GOP for similarly  negotiating with our enemies back in the 1980s.

6. Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.

Moderate Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — as distinct from ultraconservative presidential candidate Mitt Romney — would easily fit into an Obama Cabinet, most likely at Treasury or Health and Human Services. But during confirmation hearings, that iteration would be labeled a business-hating menace by his party’s own senators.

After all, on taxes, the governor’s record was decidedly to the left of Obama’s, as the  New York Times reported on his “administration relentlessly scour(ing) the tax code for loopholes.” Specifically, corporate tax loopholes. Yes, the crusade, reports the Times, “put him at odds with the values and expectations of the corporate world from which he came” — and it ultimately “extract(ed) hundreds of millions of corporate dollars to help close budget gaps in a state with a struggling economy.”

 
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