Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rifling the cupboards

The Chicago Tribune reports Pres.-elect Obama's cabinet picks.

Who should take over for Condi?

Sen. John Kerry? Sen. Richard Lugar (Indiana, ranking Repub on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee)? Or Gov. Bill Richardson? I don't know about Lugar, but I'm leaning toward somebody else altogether. Condi, for one. Since the di is already cast, I consider it a two-way race between Richardson and Lugar.

Of course, Kerry could be a ridiculously delightful return to the Madeleine Albright days.

Defense secretary could be a more intensely scrutinized pick, currently between yet another senator, Chuck Hagel, Sen. Sam Nunn (former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Bush's Defense Secretary Robert Gates (ha! I say), the real pick being Obama's campaign advisor on national security, former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, and last on the list, Clintonite deputy defense secty. John Hamre, in a nod to the Clintons.

I think AG is either still up in the air, or Chicago-based U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Scooter Libby Plamegate/grand jury fame has it in the bag.

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