A lot of the people being discussed for the Obama Administration’s West Wing staff positions and Cabinet are currently serving Congressmen and Governors. I know that Cabinet members have to resign their elected offices if they choose to serve. I assume the same is true of White House staff (conflict of interest much?).
So, how much consideration is given to the fact that cherry-picking the “best and brightest” out of the legislative branch and the states’ executive branches will weaken the current Democratic majority? Can the Administration really afford to be yanking Governors and Senators out of their seats when they could be doing the country just as much good where they are?
Also, would it even be possible to entirely create an administration from outside the Capitol - pulling all your members from lower level public service and private enterprise instead of elected officials?