Obama is working to build a diverse Cabinet. That includes reaching out to Republicans and independents — part of the broad coalition that supported Obama during the race against Republican John McCain. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been mentioned as a possible holdover.Why does it matter, Reid? If he's competent, and in a time of war, it might be smart to keep the top level folks in place at the Department of Defense, no matter your politics. If he HAD been a registered Republican, at some time in his life, would you consider keeping him or put him out with tomorrow's trash?
"He's not even a Republican," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. "Why wouldn't we want to keep him? He's never been a registered Republican."
May I remind you, there had to be quite a few Republicans voting for the President-Elect, even though they weren't "Registered Democrats."
You want to talk non-partisan White House-Congressional alliances? Bite me.