Newsweek’s ‘Best Minds’

Looking past the election, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham explains in this week’s issue that the incoming administration could use some advice:

Even stipulating that giving advice is easy and taking action is hard, though, it is pretty clear that what we are calling the “Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue” (the economy, the wars, the lack of public confidence in the direction of the country) requires the best minds around.

We came up with several this week.

Who are Newsweek‘s “best minds?”

-Richard Haass, Republican foreign policy professional (as Meacham notes, he “served two President Bushes”);

-Nicholas Burns, who also served two Bush presidents– he was W.’s undersecretary of state for political affairs. Burns also served in the Clinton administration;

-Henry Kissinger, whose lengthy career probably does not need to be summarized;

-Michael Bloomberg, Republican mayor of New York fresh from his success in eliminating term limits for his office (against the wishes of New Yorkers)

-Vernon Jordan, known primarily as a close adviser (legal and otherwise) to Bill Clinton, is an investment banker who sits on a number of corporate boards.

That’sreally the “best” advice Newsweek could scare up?

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.