George Will has an op-ed on Barack Obama's economic advisor Austin Goolsbee. This line more or less sums up my thoughts as I look at the Republican field of pygmies, charlatans, and cranks (I do actually like Huckabee although his policies are to put it charitably less than fully developed):
"But he seems to be the sort of person -- amiable, empirical and reasonable -- you would want at the elbow of a Democratic president, if such there must be."
One of Obama's other advisors is Jeffrey Liebman who is co-author of the LMS plan for Social Security. Though, as it includes personal accounts, as any good plan that requires more revenue should, I don't see it being adopted.