The Corner

Obama and the Culture Wars

He nominated the former legal director for NARAL to be the head of the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (which establishes the executive branch’s position on constitutional questions).

Ellen Moran (former executive director of Emily’s List) is White House communications director.

Melody Barnes (who did reproductive-rights issues for Ted Kennedy on the Judiciary Committee) is domestic-policy adviser, David Ogden is headed to the Department of Justice — as is Thomas Perrelli — and Harold Varmus is a key science adviser.

Obama won the election; he can appoint and nominate radical ideologues. But, the point is, he has not avoided the culture wars.