Ummmmm…are you kidding me?
This appointment will be viewed by many conservatives as a clear indication that the White House does not understand the magnitude of betrayal the conservative base has felt over the last few years. Certainly Senator Mel Martinez is a qualified politician who is capable in many respects of doing the job. But appointing Martinez to this spot will not go over well with many conservatives who were hoping for a conservative with a long track record of advocating limited government.
Martinez may indeed prove to be a good leader, but to do so, I suspect he will need to go above and beyond to gain the trust of conservatives.