Monday, November 19, 2012

Romney transition team had already planned executive orders

NBC's Mike O'Brien goes inside the now extinct Romney Transition Team -- the entity formed to make Romney's move into the White House seamless if he had won.

.... plans included the crafting of an agenda detailing what actions Romney would take — mostly to follow through with campaign promises — beginning the Thursday after Inauguration Day.

"We had the first 45 days of the administration scheduled," [Transition team leader Mike] Leavitt said. "We felt there was a need for crisp and early action. We were literally writing executive orders. It was a federal government in miniature."

According to Leavitt, many preparations involved assembling a menu of options for Romney to enact his plans for government or to make good on campaign pledges, like labeling China a currency manipulator or allowing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

You know those history books theorizing about what might have been if, say, the Ottoman Empire had won World War I or if Churchill had been born in Portugal and become a Portuguese fisherman?

Well, this is sort of like thinking about what Romney's first executive orders might have been -- really fun for junkies but ultimately the wrong answer on a history test.