I'm all steeled for the disappointment, but so far the early actions of the Obama folks are all roses for me. There are stories of department after department in the government feeling reinvigorated by the arrival of their new heads -- who crazily seem interested in the agency missions and respectful of their employees. There's already low-key but important action on regulations related to abortion, civil liberties (and national profile), the environment, government transparency, and more. And many of the sub-secretary appointments (following on some impressively telling appointments to the transition team) are showing, even more than their more high-profile (moderate) chiefs, the rationality and law-abiding nature (how sad that that feels noteworthy!) of our new administration.