Obama believes he will be able to neutralise McCain by drawing on the expertise of independent Republicans such as Hagel and Lugar, who is regarded by Obama as a potential secretary of state.Well, yeah. I guess "neutralize" is one way to describe "rendering him irrelevant by doing exactly the same shit he would."
This is even worse than when Hillary said she'd put Colin Powell to use as a globe-trotting statesman. (And it's not the first time he's said this, of course.)
My sincere concerns about Obama's lack of progressivism are not assuaged.
Also: Obama has made a Very Big Deal about how Hillary's pro-AUMF vote renders her unfit to be president, so I'm wondering on what basis Hagel's and Lugar's pro-AUMF votes make them somehow qualified to be some of the president's closest advisors.