Huh? Vilsack? VILSACK??

I think Obama finally did something to disappoint me. Vilsack for Ag Secretary? Huh? What am I missing? Don’t get me wrong. Vilsack was a good governor here in Iowa. And he’s a decent, honest human being. (Hmmmm. Maybe that’s good enough for a federal official?? It would be a switch anyway.)

But — I can’t say he’s the most out-of-the box guy. Certainly he’s not the first person I’d think of to bring creative, out-of-the-box thinking to what is a post that badly needs some out-of-the-box thinking. (At the very least, I sure as hell hope he now knows how to use email, something that, as governor, he said he didn’t know anything about….) I agree completely with Michael Pollan’s assessment of the job of Ag Secretary

. Somehow, however, I can’t quite see Vilsack in the role. On the other hand, maybe I’m missing something. Maybe there’s more to Tom V. than he showed during his time as governor.

After all, we Iowans did dig (no pun intended) into organic and wind farming while he was governor. And hey, even Almost-President Obama is entitled to screw up once in awhile.

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