Obama's Confederacy Of Brilliance

President-elect Barack Obama, second from the left, stands with, from left to right, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones, at a news conference to announce his national security team, in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
Barack Obama has been winning raves for the Cabinet he's assembling.

Rare are the complaints from either Democrat or Republican as the president-elect goes about putting together this confederacy of brilliance.

It is an impressive bunch. You get a vibe from the CVs of this crowd that an Ivy League education didn't hurt when it came to passing muster.

Mr. Obama himself has an impressive educational resume and while I really do believe smart is good, street smarts are important too -- common sense, the school of hard knocks.

I was in Baghdad just before the war began and my gut told me a military invasion was a really bad idea.

I came home and heard the chorus of war proponents, including some really smart people I respect and thought, they must see something I don't.

They were wrong, and I'll never forgive myself for not trusting my gut.

I just hope somewhere in that cabinet there is someone who knows how to keep it real.
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