... during the period 2001-2009 the KIND of person appointed was different. Where before they might have been competent and moderate, the Bush White House (and its appointees were extreme hard liners (just look at the number of DoJ appointees from Right Wing Religious Whacko "Law Schools") who only hire more hard liners. Now comes the meltdown of 2008, people don't leave for the private sector because there is very little private sector hiring, Federal hiring isn't exactly booming, and you have a lot of Right Wing extremists in positions that would normally be filled by moderates and/or appointments from the current administration.Ummm... then, fire them. Obama was the head of the Executive Branch of the Government of the United States of America the last time I checked. If he can't for some legal reason, then sideline them and put an Acting in charge. Assign the righties to lead the EPA Dumpster Inspection Service or the Extraordinary Lawn Chair Hazards Unit. Send them on sabbatical to Tierra Del Fuego or to Branson MO or Slab City CA. Make them patrol the Mexican border where the drug lords operate, collecting samples to document the environmental risks of ordnance-derived lead poisoning. Assign them to clean up nuclear waste in New Mexico. Or (best of all) assign them to write 1,000 page Archival Project Reports. Since righties hate to read or think, let alone write - this would cause them to self-deport from the planet via suicide.Do you think for a minute that Dick Cheney would stop at less? Or is Obama just a big wimp? Why the heck did we vote for a guy who can't even clean out low-level Brownies?