Lincoln Killer

The media folk are beating the legacy of Honest Abe to death, convinced that the Lincoln storyline of building a government of rivals is their best pitch for selling Barack. It makes sense for Obama to put this kind of narrative forward, but it's a sad state when the media swallows it like just another kid on Ritalin.
President-elect Barack Obama has a thing for Abraham Lincoln. He launched his presidential campaign at the old Illinois State House, the site of Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech and frequently alluded to the nation’s 16th president out on the stump. Just two weeks after his election, Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft last night that he’s been reading about Lincoln as he prepares to take office in January.
Yup - I know if I'd just gotten my first leadership position and it happened to be the job of President of the United States, I'd be ordering the Secret Service to swing me by Barnes and Noble, too.
Several times, Mr. Obama has noted Lincoln’s decision to bring his political adversaries into his administration, something chronicled in great detail in the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, “Team of Rivals” – specifically three men who Lincoln surprisingly defeated for the Republican nomination in 1860.
I haven't read the book, but it occurs to me that Lincoln might have hired his rivals in order to get them out of the business of opposing him - a divide and conquer technique that makes Lincoln look less like an angel and more like a clever manipulator of political affairs. Does Barack need to be deified for having stolen the idea?
Among the “rivals” were New York Senator William Seward (who became Secretary of State), Ohio Governor Salmon Chase (Treasury Secretary), and former Missouri Congressman Edward Bates (Attorney General). Also included in Lincoln’s was Edwin Stanton, a prominent attorney who became Secretary of War and who, upon seeing Lincoln for the first time early in their careers called him a “long-armed ape.”
Ya, but at least Stanton didn't want to cut his nuts off. Rival or no, the Secret Service won't likely be leaving Jesse Jackson alone anywhere near President Obama.