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Once again it is proved that those that forget history are doomed to repeat it. A recent article in The Hill proclaims "Obama dismisses Bush Pentagon appointees". A closer reading reveals that "Out of roughly 250 political appointees, 90 were dismissed."
Not much of a clean sweep as David Swanson points out in his recent ADS post Obama to Keep on Majority of Bush Appointees at Pentagon. But there is even more to the story.
Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky's erstwhile friend and confidant, was a Republican political appointee kept on by the Clinton administration. She also received a $20,000 raise! Linda, with the Democrat's help, was sitting pretty, ready to do her patriotic part in the subsequent impeachment of Thomas Jefferson Clinton.
It seems the only rationale for not firing every single Bush employee is the quaint idea that those who make the mess, should clean it up. That's alright as far as it goes, President-Elect Obama...just watch out they don't make a clean sweep of you.