(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.
Rove, widely credited with orchestrating President Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Obama has assembled a "first rate" economic team that has "provided surprisingly positive clarity."
Specifically, Rove praises Obama's choice of New York Fed Chairman Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary and Obama's pick of Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, as chief of the National Economic Council.
"Monday's announcement of Mr. Obama's economic team was reassuring," Rove writes. "He's generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers. Investors, workers and business owners can only hope that, over time, this new administration's economic policies bear more of their market-oriented imprint."
Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers. But Rove criticizes the choice of Melody Barnes, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, as Domestic Policy Council Director.
"Putting a former aide to Ted Kennedy in charge of health policy after tapping universal health-care advocate Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary sends a clear signal that Mr. Obama didn't mean it when his campaign ads said he wouldn't run to the "extremes" with government-run health care," Rove writes.
How about having a referendum for us all to vote for a healthcare reform bill?
For example, the Congress and White House can come up with three potential bills for us to vote for one as the final bill?
This is where math education comes into play for the health of the nation.
If our population knows a thing or two about math and social ills, we may choose the right bill for us. If not, we will vote for a not so good one.
Why can't we depend on our Congress to negotiate and select the best health care bill for us? With this Wall Street bailout, it proves that our Congress isn't much brighter than the voters, who voted them into Congress. I think we desperately need a basic qualified exam for all candidates running for a public office. I don't mean a Ph.D. qualified exam. I mean a High School equivalent exam. This is how sad the reality is today, but this won't disqualify anyone without a college degree, either. We should let the Supreme Court make up the qualified exam for potential candidates for our Congress. What do you think? Just my 2 cents after having too much turkey!
Rove is one of the most genuinely evil, manipulative, pathological liers this nation has EVEN seen! His empty words mean NOTHING and the sooner the honorable decent republicans rise from his ashes and reclaim their party... the sooner those of us who left, will give serious thought to returning.
i'm sorry. please explain to me why anyone cares what this guy has to say.
I hope that he wrote his op-ed on a piece of fire wood , and someone sticks it up his....... ,no that's not right, it should just be put in aplce that the sun don't shine.........
Why isn't this FAT MAN in prison somewhere. Who cares what he thinks, don't think he has been asked for his opinion. Sure PE Obama has been waiting for his opinions, NOT.
Who cares what Karl Rove thinks about Obama's team. He is truly irrelevant.
Rove is so obessed with Obama...i bet he voted for him.
I ask the same question about rove and palin, who cares what these want to bees have to say.
And I should pay the slightest attention to this snake-oil salesman because...?
Crawl back under your rock, Mr. Rove.
this man is irrelevant
Does anyone actually care what Rove thinks anymore? I thought that he would go the way of the dinosaurs now that his puppet is leaving office.
Go roll in some mud, you fat pig.
Why hasn't he been charged with war crimes?
Why is he not in chains?
And why is that important? Why is his views news?
Rove the porcine! Go away and rot and rut in the mess you and your president made of our country.
Could Rove be trying to attain forgiveness and peace? Likely just trying to avoid prosecution either in court or in reputation.
Karl Rove is the devil. Suddenly I find myself wary of Obama's picks when I wasn't before.
I am always a bit more than skeptical when this man endorses any-thing.He may possess an acute acumen for the political process,but
he adheres to the gutter politics that have reeked havoc for years now.
The sooner he leaves the national scene altogether,the better the country will be.He has been refered to as Bushs' brain in the past,well
that answers one pressing question.
Wow, the linchpin of the axis of evil has spoken. Saying nice things about our President Elect will not make us forget all of the heinous, deceitful, harmful things you have advocated through the years. You really should be in jail.
Like - does anyone really care what Rove or any other member of the gang who couldn't shoot straight really think??????
Is he making nice now?
It's good to have him on board. We need the best and the brightest to save America and it has to be NOW that we put our BRAINS to good use. Bush did his part on putting a lid on terrorism, now it's Obama who needs to speak softly and carry the torch forward. I think if they look behind him, he's got some heavy GUNS behind him (Hillary to Gates to Jim Jones..)
Uh oh....Rove likes it...this is going to be bad. Or is he switching teams now?
Shut your mouth and retire to the moon, you are respossible for the debacle of the Republican party filosofy:
-Pandering to the hispanics,
-Your touchy feely BS,
-Spending the peoples money in wasteful programs
-You and the President are RINOS
The American people want men with "cojones"
Sergio Pastor , Latino, democrat and proud conservative