I'd been meaning to write something about how all the cheering at the supposed brilliance of Obama's cabinet picks was reminiscent of the huzzahs that greeted George W Bush's peronnel choices. But Ezra Klein has beaten me to it:
Now of course this doesn't mean that the Obama administration is going to go down the tubes like the Bush one did. But it ought to remind everyone - including those who should not need reminding - that there's no sure thing in these matters and that at least some of Obama's appointees are likely to prove disappointing. That's just the way it is. One trusts, however, that their disappointments will be less grievous and less damaging than those of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Powell et al.
UPDATE: Megan argues, however, that Obama's economic team is much more impressive than Bush's first-term appointments. Which is just as well since they've got a heck of a job to do.