The members of President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet will be “much less ideological” than those in the Bush administration, a former Bush strategist said Sunday.
Speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Matthew Dowd said Obama chose many people who he has frequently disagreed with in the past, not least of which is Sen. Hillary Clinton, who will likely be confirmed as Secretary of State on Monday.
Obama will have “one of the most pragmatic, least ideological cabinets that we’ve seen in a long time,” Dowd said.
An editorial in the Christian Science Monitor opined that being “anti-ideological” is one of Obama’s core values.
“Obama’s probable cabinet reflects … passion for cultural and intellectual pluralism,” as well as pragmatism, according to the column.
“It’s interesting to me that for Barack Obama got accused of being the most liberal Senator — ideological Senator — he’s probably appointed and about to appoint one of the most pragmatic, least ideological cabinets that we’ve seen in a long time.
“Much less ideological than George Bush’s cabinet when he appointed it — when he first came into office. It’s an amazing thing that he’s done that.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Nov. 30, 2008.