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Apr 22, 2008

56% like Ma's cabinet

A TVBS opinion poll, outrageously blue, indicates (video) a mere 56% support rating for Ma's incoming cabinet list. I find this surprising as it indicates Ma's honey moon could be even shorter than expected. This is 2% less than the percentage of people who voted for him!

One possible explanation is that the list is more partisan than Ma originally indicated, when he talked vaguely about crossing party lines and focusing entirely on expertise (to be fair, lots of the members are affiliated with the KMT think tank, which is at least some cross between expertise and partisanship, so not all these guys are totally party hacks, especially the incoming Finance Minister who has worked under both the Lee and Chen administrations).

Then again, probably nobody took those promises seriously.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't see it as partisan as much as drawing from an experienced base. You can't find as many examples in Taiwan ROC history as US, but in the US, Presidents Carter and Clinton made the mistake of not hiring more experienced people which ultimately resulted in them not getting much done in their most effective period, one year after election. Instead of wasting this kind of time, having people who are familiar with the workings of the government creates a framework that allows Ma Ying Jeou to carry out his plans more smoothly.