The Surgeon General
President-elect Obama's choice for Surgeon General Dr. Sanjay Gupta gets hit for being a "lightweight" in some corners. People wonder if he is the right man for the job, and I cede that he looked like a rube when he screwed up his facts in a debate with Michael Moore. But you know what? The guy is a brain surgeon, and he is a masterful communicator, and he does have the cojones to accept an assignment from CNN to follow our troops into combat back in 2003. Then, while he was there, he had to stop reporting and go back to being a surgeon...in combat. You know what? That strikes me as a not-bad set of credentials when you want to convince people of something, particularly people who might not otherwise be willing to listen to somebody from the President-elect's side of the aisle.