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The Obama Administration - Cabinet Speculation  
User currently offlineModerators From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

OK, let the speculation regarding President-Elect Obama's cabinet begin!

Here's a few of my own picks:

Transportation secretary - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Secretary of State -- Bill Richardson or John Kerry

Secretary of Treasury - Larry Summers

Defense secretary: Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Attorney General - John Edwards would have been the best choice for the job, but his affair ruined that...

National Security Advisor - Susan Rice

Homeland Security - Wesley Clarke

Energy - Harold Ford

Commerce - Ed Rendell

And although the position isn't in the cabinet - U.N. ambassador - Al Gore.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

I'd like to see Colin Powell for Secretary of State, again....

Oberstar for DOT Secretary....


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4686 times:



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 2):
I'd like to see Colin Powell for Secretary of State, again....

Agreed, though I would like to see Richardson have a role in the Obama Administration.


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4686 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Transportation secretary - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

He would know a thing or two about "acquiring" cheap rides.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4832 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

If for some reason Hillary gets a position, Secretary of State would be the most likely or Health (I'm not sure what the title is for that?)


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
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Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Attorney General - John Edwards would have been the best choice for the job, but his affair ruined that...

Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) will likely be the next Attorney General of the United States



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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4612 times:
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Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 5):
If for some reason Hillary gets a position, Secretary of State would be the most likely or Health (I'm not sure what the title is for that?)

Health and Human Services Secretary.

I would like to see Hillary given something, I agree, Secretary of State would be good.

I realize though that there's quite a bit of animosity between Hillary and Obama, so i don't hold my hopes high.

If i were Obama, i'd nominate John McCain for either secretary of defense or UN Ambassador, something to demonstrate bipartisanship.



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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

Here is a list of Cabinet level appointments plus two Presidential appointments that can be important.

Secretary of State - Bill Richardson
Secretary of the Treasury - Sheila Bair
Secretary of Defense - Robert Gates (Obama already stated that he would like to keep Gates at least for a year I think then he will bring in Lugar or Hagel)
Secretary of the Interior - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Secretary of Agriculture - Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce - ???
Secretary of Labor - David Bonior
Secretary of Health and Human Services - Hillary Clinton or John Kitzhaber
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development - ???
Secretary of Transportation - Jim Oberstar (Mr. Anti-merger)
Secretary of Energy - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Secretary of Education - ???
Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Chuck Hagel or Tammy Duckworth
Secretary of Homeland Security - Wesley Clark
Attorney General - Eric Holder

UN Ambassador - Lee Hamilton or Caroline Kennedy
Chief of Staff - Tom Daschle
National Security Advisor - ???
Head of the EPA - Kathleen McGinty and Al Gore as chief Advisor
Council of Economic Advisors - ???

I think he will limit the number of current Senators and Reps so to keep the Congress Democratic. I think he will also limit the number of currently seated Governors as well.

Huffington List of possible candidates. I took some of mine from this list. He will go with people close to his campaign but will also go with a few GOP. Me thinks it will be more like a Clinton Cabinet; smart people finding practical and doable things. I think he will also work with congress to find solutions.



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User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5613 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

Secretary of State - Bill Richardson
Secretary of the Treasury - Paul Volker
Secretary of Defense - Gen. Wesley Clark
Secretary of the Interior - Tom Hayden,
Secretary of Agriculture - Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Secretary of Commerce - Richard Lugar
Secretary of Labor - Robert Reich
Secretary of Health and Human Services - Elizabeth Edwards
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development - Cynthia McKinney
Secretary of Transportation - Gov. Kathleen Sebilius
Secretary of Energy - Dick Gephardt
Secretary of Education - Loretta Sanchez
Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Tammy Duckworth (good one Centrair!)
Secretary of Homeland Security - Richard Clarke
Attorney General - Gov. Janet Napolitano

UN Ambassador - Tom Daschle
Chief of Staff - Rahm Emmanuel
National Security Advisor - Colin Powell
Council of Economic Advisors - Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Paul O'Neill



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4540 times:
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Bill Richardson for Secretary of State
Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense
Tim Kaine for Attorney General
Harold Ford Jr for Secretary of Commerce
Tony Lake for Secretary of Homeland Security
Chet Edwards for Veterans Administration
Tom Daschle for Chief of Staff
Henry Paulson for Secretary of Treasury
David Axelrod for Senior Whitehouse Advisor
Albert Gore Jr for UN Ambassador
Supreme Court nominee when J.P. Stevens resigns; Hillary Clinton
Henry Boren for Education Secretary
Lincoln Chaffee for EPA head
Tim Roehmer for CIA Director
Robert F Kennedy Jr for Interior Secretary
Jim Oberstar for Transportation Secretary
Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

Richard Lugar (National Security Advisor), Arnold Scharzeneggar (Energy), and Howard Dean (HHS) all will be considered for top cabinet spots. A nice gesture, but Colin Powell won't be part of the cabinetl; neither will Wesley Clarke.

  

Very much looking forward to a bipartisan cabinet.

  

[Edited 2008-11-05 00:15:50]

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4529 times:



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 2):
I'd like to see Colin Powell for Secretary of State, again....

His infamous UNSC slide show has burned his reputation for good, and he (and everybody else) knows it. It's a much too prominent role to make such a mistake. I would not be surprised at all, however, to see him in a lower-key advisory role, probably an informal one. He still does have some valuable experience.

I also think it's practically a given that Obama will try to integrate one or several pragmatic republicans; Maybe not again for the Pentagon, though.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4500 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Transportation secretary - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Secretary of State -- Bill Richardson or John Kerry

John Kerry?? Jesse Jackson?? Are you nuts? Pass...

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Homeland Security - Wesley Clarke

Again, are you nuts?? No way in hell...

Quoting Centrair (Reply 8):
Secretary of Energy - Arnold Schwarzenegger

This is actually a distinct possibility once his term is up.

Quoting Centrair (Reply 8):
Chief of Staff - Tom Daschle

Um, pass...the only suitable position for Daschle is curator of a small South Dakotan museum. I don't know why his name keeps coming up. The guy couldn't get reelected while holding one of the most influential positions in the Senate.

Quoting Centrair (Reply 8):
Head of the EPA - Kathleen McGinty and Al Gore as chief Advisor

Al Gore as EPA-anything? His record as a gas-guzzling, globe-trotting hypocrite more than disqualifies him for that.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

President-Elect Barrack H. Obama will have to make a Cabinet, like Bill Clinton did, to 'look like America. He will have a lot of pressure for as close to half be women, at least 2-3 Black and 2 or more Hispanic members. I think there will be huge pressure for a Black man or woman or at the least a woman, to be US Attorney General.

While I tend to agree with many of the names on the above lists, I suspect some of them may decline due to their personal positions and the probable huge fight in the confirmation process. I suspect that the Republicans will give a hard fight on a number of canidates and the 'gotcha' media will play their part in vetting canidates. That would be particulary an issue with Sen. Clinton. Eric Holder, a Black man and US Attorney General for a short time in the Clinton Administration, has already expressed not wanting to go through that process. Among the names for Treasury Secetary is NJ Governor Corzine, a former head of Goldman Sachs. I have some doubts of him being chosen due to his ties to a major financial house and some allegations of corruption as to his (former) girlfriend in NJ. It would also deprive NJ of a Governor for at least one year, and we don't have a Lt. Governor (the State Senate President becomes Acting Governor).

One advantage President Elect Obama will have as to choices as to his Cabinet is not really having to owe anybody for his win as usually happens from usual need of support of critical leaders, states and regions of the USA. The nature of his campaign, the money he raised, means he will have less need to payoff certain persons and contsituties.

As others noted, some may decline or not be chosen so not to reduce the numbers of Democrats in the Senate and to a lesser extent in the Congress. I think Obama will keep HRC in the Senate and use her as a major point person to push his agenda rather than appoint her to a cabinet position. She will NEVER be a US Supreme Court Justice, due to her well established politics and a total lack of Judicial experience.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4433 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 12):
John Kerry?? Jesse Jackson?? Are you nuts? Pass...



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 12):
Again, are you nuts?? No way in hell...

Now, now, be nice...I like the thinking going on here.

In addition, how about Oprah Winfrey for WH Chief of Staff and Keith Olbermann for WH Press Secretary?



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User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4393 times:
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Can't help but think that Nancy Pelosi would make a good Secretary of State...

What about Communications Director... I know it's not a Cabinet Post, but its quite an important role. A good candidate for this would be Oprah Winfrey, me thinks. Or Alison Janney. She did a bloody good job of it as C J Cregg in the West Wing...!



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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4379 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
advantage President Elect Obama will have as to choices as to his Cabinet is not really having to owe anybody for his win

If he did, I think it would be Hillary Clinton. She was able to bring her supporters to him by campaigning tirelessly. I don't think if hadn't done all she did, the result might be different

But here are my predictions:

State: Chuck Hagel (Hillary Clinton)
Defense: Robert Gates
Treasury: Lawrence Summers
Attorney General: Jennifer Granholm?
Interior: ?
Agriculture: ?
Commerce: ?
Labor: ?
HHS: Elizabeth Edwards
Education:?
HUD:?
Transportation: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
Energy: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Veterans Affairs: ?
Homeland Security: ?

Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel
Foreign Policy Advisor: Colin Powell

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
As others noted, some may decline or not be chosen so not to reduce the numbers of Democrats in the Senate and to a lesser extent in the Congress

I don't think that will be a problem. If he chooses a sitting Senator, he would probably choose them from safe Democratic states like New York



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16870 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4355 times:

Robert Gates is doing a great job as Defense Secretary, Obama should try to get Secretary Gates to stay on at least for a year to provide for a smooth transition.

For Treasury Secretary I heard today possibly Governor Corzine of New Jersey, he's a Former Senator and also used to be the CEO of Goldman Sacks.



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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Hillary Clinton as secretary of State would not go well with many ME countries that do expect a shift in relations.
Both Obama and Biden have advocated to be reday to speak with countries like Iran and Syria,trying to get them out of the "terrorist" corner.Hillary is still very much tied to the Jewish lobby in New York and might not have the balanced credibility people expect form a new secretary of state.
That position will be instrumental in forging a new image of the United States.
Bill Richardson seems to have the perfect credentials for the job.His past as UN ambassador and his work in the Foreign council of the senate provide him an great visibility.
I think Hillary should get a position for the support and experience she undoubtly has.But I see her rather in a US domestic role.



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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4347 times:



Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 16):
Energy: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Interesting proposition - do you think he would accept a job with a man who .."..has not enough muscles.;" on his legs..? Big grin  Big grin

But the suggestion sounds reasonable,since Arnold has been pushing for energy-policy changes within California ,which give him credibility searching for a national policy to escape oil dependance.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16870 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4310 times:

Here's some of my ideas:


Secretary of Defense: Keep Gates
Secretary of State: Governor Bill Richards



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Secretary of State



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1):
Defense secretary

I must say even though I don’t think Senator McCain would take the job these would be two positions which he was made for and also would show the American people Obama is really for bipartisanship. John McCain has earned it and would do a great job at either of those two positions.

[Edited 2008-11-05 09:28:14]


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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4258 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 12):
John Kerry?? Jesse Jackson?? Are you nuts? Pass...

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Both would be a good choice, John Kerry possibly as Secretary of State and Jesse Jackson for transportation

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 12):
Homeland Security - Wesley Clarke

Again, are you nuts?? No way in hell...

I would love to see General Wesley Clark as Minister of Defence, or as Secretary of State
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and imagine Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and husband Bill Clinton as National Security Advisor !  yes   wink 


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

IDK how true this is, but supposedly here in MA, Obama is going to tap both Kerry and Gov.Patrick for cabinet positions. Thoughts? Personally. I'd like to keep Patrick as he has been doing a very good job and has been leading us thru a budget crisis very well so far.


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User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1950 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4226 times:



Quoting Centrair (Reply 8):
Secretary of the Interior - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

That would be an inspired choice...



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25 Dvk : I don't see Obama raiding the senate of senior Democrats to fill his cabinet. I can't believe anyone is even suggesting McCain for Sec of Defense, sin
26 BA : I would love to see Chuck Hagel or Wesley Clark as Secretary of Defense.
27 STT757 : I read possibly Robert F Kennedy Jr for EPA. Robert Gates (the current Defense Secretary) would be my first choice, but those two gentlemen would also
28 Venus6971 : Keep Gates at DOD as long as he can stand it, somebody metioned Wesley Clark, bad idea at DOD he would go on a witch hunt of anybody who had anything
29 Klaus : The new foreign secretary absolutely needs every bit of trust he can gain, and Powell has simply used up his during the run-up to the Iraq invasion.
30 Post contains links MadameConcorde : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1079db32-a...1-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1 Obama selects Emanuel as chief of staff By Edward Luce in Chicago Published:
31 Slider : Well, Kerry would at least have great relations with France. This is a distinct possibility and would be a disaster for airlines. LMAO! Well, he coul
32 PSA727 : People have to realize that there also has to be a political determination involved. If he pulls people from the House and Senate, he has to take into
33 AirCop : Only problem with this, it would make Jan Brewer the governor, and Gov. Palin would look like a Rhodes Scholar compared to Brewer.
34 StasisLAX : If Arizona citizens can survive Fife Symington's bank fraud case and the alternative-fuels fiasco of "Propane" Jane Hull, they can survive Jan Brewer
35 AirCop : If she ran, I would support her even if she ran against McCain..The senator age, being in the minority party, not being popular with the GOP leadersh
36 PSA727 : Well it looks like Obama wants Rahm Emmanuel to be his Chief of Staff, which is about as stupid as George H.W. Bush choosing John Sununu for his. Emma
37 Srbmod : The Jesse Jackson in question is not the Rev. Jesse Jackson, it is his son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is a Congressman from IL. Cynthia McKinney quit t
38 AirCop : Well he is 70 years of age, and Obama according to media reports is looking for younger people, and that Bill Gates might be asked to stay on for awh
39 Usair320 : We need her in the senate..... I'd like to see Gov. Ed Rendell(D-PA) of my homestate. He's been negotiation with the unions forever, and trust me the
40 Centrair : I have one for Colin Powell: Secretary of Education. He has been working on education issues and could get tapped there. I have several non-cabinet po
41 Beaucaire : Add Damascus,Ankara and Tel Aviv to that list.. Relations with TUrkey are somewhat strained since the pressure increases to get an excuse from the Tu
42 Slider : Not to mention the fact that she's a certifiable loon. I think that would be a turn-off.
43 BAGoldEx : More of a wish list than anything Secretary of State - Richard Holbrooke Secretary of the Treasury - Larry Summers Secretary of Defense - Robert Gates
44 Post contains links Beaucaire : http://www.mlive.com/us-politics/ind...xclusive_emanuel_accepts_whit.html first job allocated and accepted..
45 AGM100 : Should be Bill Ayres ... It should be. Obama openly speaks highly of the mans ideas on education. Lets see if he has that "Spine of Steal" that Biden
46 Post contains links StasisLAX : Its official that Rahm Emanuel, a Democratic House Representative from Illinois and a former strategist under President Clinton, has accepted the Whit
47 N867DA : If I was a Republican I suppose I wouldn't be too pleased with Mr. Emanuel either. I hope Obama's administration represents America not Chicago.
48 RJdxer : The bigger question will be, how much of a hearing will any of these cabinet officials get. Of course if any republican member dares to voice opposit
49 Post contains links StasisLAX : In advance of the naming of his Cabinet, President-elect Obama will name Robert Gibbs as his White House Press Secretary. "Robert Gibbs, a top aide to
50 Alias1024 : I can think of one seat she would give up her Senate seat for. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Now that would be one hell of a confirmation p
51 N867DA : Obama should place some people from the private sector in cabinet level positions. I don't think it's healthy to have a coalition of former legislator
52 Post contains links StasisLAX : Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod has accepted the position of Senior Adviser in the White House, sources tell ABC News. Source: http://blog
53 JetBlueGuy2006 : There is talk that he will get appointed by Illinois' governor to fill Obama's seat once he resigns to take the oath of office. I would not be surpis
54 Dragon6172 : Off topic question, some have mentioned the Govenator for a couple of these cabinet positions, how do they handle the line of succession in such cases
55 Haggis79 : well, I guess he would just not be elegible as a successor and therefore, if it came to it, the next one below him on the list would be president. I
56 JetBlueGuy2006 : Yes, they are listed in tables, as being the Secretary, but there is no number next to their name because they are not eligable to become President.
57 Mir : There's a lot to like about Richardson for a number of positions, but putting him in Transportation would be a waste. He belongs in State. -Mir
58 Moose135 : Correct, he would not be in the line of succession. That would take a constitutional amendment, and I don't think it would have much success getting
59 ME AVN FAN : When will we hear about the first appointments for the "shadow cabinet" ?
60 Blackbird : Rahm Emanuel to the best of my knowledge has been selected as Chief of Staff. Kind of ironic considering the guy was considered an out in the open spy
61 Usair320 : I could see him in state, but I lived in NM for two years and saw the progress he made. It seemed to me his comfort zones are Energy and Transportati
62 LTBEWR : Unlike other countries, there is no 'shadow cabinet' in the USA. The party out of power will still have influence on the committees in the Senate and
63 JetBlueGuy2006 : And Clinton said she would never run for President and Biden said he would never want to be Vice President. I suspect if she was offered something, i
64 ME AVN FAN : - alright. But in my mind, the transfer of power of one administration to the other just to be on the level of president and vice-president cannot be
65 RJdxer : Not the way it works over here. Cabinet appointments are polictical appointments. Beaurocrats are the only constant at the departments which can lead
66 ME AVN FAN : - Thanks. But in my view, it is an absurd situation. The powerful seven ministers of a collegial government of a 7,5 mio country whose virture is neu
67 StasisLAX : No one could be more of an advocate (and very possibly a "mole") for Israel than former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith that served under Secret
68 AGM100 : And even worse , on the BOD of Fannie and Freddy Mac for 2 years. Cashin in for that political run baby ! Nice
69 Post contains links BN747 : Looks like one prediction is becoming reality...Nunn gets tapped- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/1...-taps-veteran-dems-f_n_143176.html BN747
70 AGM100 : Jamie Gorelick for AG. NY times reporting her consideration ,but says she is not interested .... right. Another Fanny Mae VP going to be playing a rol
71 DXing : It's looking more and more like Clinton part 3 isn't it?
72 Post contains links StasisLAX : According to the Wall Street Journal, President-Elect is under extreme pressure to name New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the new Secretary of S
73 Post contains links and images StasisLAX : NBC News is stating that the Obama Administration has approached Hillary Clinton with an offer to be the Secretary of State!    Clinton was spotted
74 JetBlueGuy2006 : I think Hillary would be a great choice. Does anyone think that it is a little odd that people are campaigning for people to become a cabinet secreta
75 FXramper : Daschle is going to run the show for HHS, and DC insiders are reporting he's author the Obama Health Care Plan, not Whitehouse staffers. God help us.
76 Alias1024 : RIght now it looks like the following will be made official next week: Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton Treasury Secretary: Tim Geithner Secretary
77 RSWA330 : How ironic considering he ran on the mantra of "CHANGE."
78 Mariner : It is a change - a Secretary of State who might actually achieve something. mariner
79 DXing : Based on being able to dodge imaginary sniper fire? Or by sending out subconcious mind control signals to solve the problems in Northern Ireland?
80 Mariner : No. But since you put a smiley at the end, I assume you already know that. mariner
81 DXing : Then perhaps you mean by using as Dr. Kissenger has said, "her temperment"? The one that includes throwing things at her husband and talking down her
82 Mariner : I can't think of anyone better for the job - partly because of all the negatives people like you throw at her - and if the "Chicago Mafia" has pulled
83 DXing : I would rather see Madiline Albright brought out of retirement. Or perhaps Jimmy Carter. Both have better temperments than Sen. Clinton. Niether have
84 Mariner : Whatever. That isn't the reality, and (thankfully) that isn't happening. Neither of those two have Mrs. Clinton's formidable abilities, some of which
85 DXing : What abilities would those be? As they relate to foreign policy making? What job has she held that even comes close to foreign service? She has no co
86 Beaucaire : To me HRC has no foreign-politics experience whatsoever-other than travelling as a spouse with her former husband. Her strong und uncritical support f
87 Alias1024 : Don't forget though, that it isn't her foreign policy she will be representing. If she becomes Secretary of State she will be responsible for represe
88 Mariner : For the last eight years, there has been a vacuum at State. Secretary Powell should have done well, but he was completely compromised during the buil
89 DXing : You spent the first half of the post describing how the two previous Secretaries weren't cut out or smart enough for the job. You spend the second ha
90 Post contains links Mariner : No sir, my admiration for him is profound. I didn't say "he compromsied" - I said "he was compromised." With which he agrees: http://www.usatoday.com
91 ME AVN FAN : - As "First Lady" she was acting as a kind of "Vice Foreign Minister" for her husband, and as a kind of personal envoy around the globe. People outsi
92 Post contains links AGM100 : I am beginning to like some of the selections PE Obama is putting forth.Gen. James Jones is top notch form what I have read and heard . Even the talk
93 ME AVN FAN : It looks as if President Obama is bringing together a team of experienced professionals with lots of useful national and international connections, fo
94 DXing : Nope, doesn't work that way. She made very few trips outside the USA without her husband other than to take Chelsea to India and other tourist sites.
95 Post contains links DXing : Looks as if David Gates will remain as Sec Def possibly for a year. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/politics/story/376598.html Perhaps that describes
96 AGM100 : Im good with it , But dont get me started about Hillary ! Nothing but a political french kiss. That said , she does have international detente and is
97 Haggis79 : talk about being double-tounged... if he brings in a Democrat, you complain about broken promises of a bipartisan gouvernment. If he brings in a Repu
98 DXing : Nope, I fully expect any republican brought in to be in a minor cabinet position if any. This suggests a lack DNC approved people with the proper cre
99 Post contains images Haggis79 : well, do me a favour and blame the new administration of searching excuses and blaming things going badly on Gates once they start doing it, not befo
100 Mir : But don't forget, it's Hillary Clinton. I'd really like to be wrong on this, but I don't like picking her for State at all. Richardson just keeps get
101 DXing : Yes, we wouldn't want to use past performance as a guide to indications of what to expect in the future would we?
102 Haggis79 : no, we wouldn't... or at least I wouldn't, not with a completely new administration in power. Regardless from which party they are, I think one shoul
103 DXing : Just because he has a new title does not mean his methods have changed.
104 Post contains links StasisLAX : Although the United Nations Ambassador is not a Cabinet level position, it is as important as any Cabinet post. President-Elect Obama will name Dr. Su
105 Haggis79 : it must have escaped me... what executive office did Obama hold before he became president?
106 DXing : Wow. My sentiments exactly, but besides that, you don't have to run for an office that is in the executive branch to have methods of strategy such as
107 Haggis79 : care to cite any reliable source for that claim?
108 Post contains links DXing : How about CNN? http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/...9/obamas.first.campaign/index.html In his first race for office, seeking a state Senate seat on
109 Haggis79 : Fine, I'll give you this one. I still like to think that people have learned from earlier mistakes. I guess this discussion will go nowhere, and we a
110 DXing : Since it worked why would he consider it a mistake? I don't gloat.
111 Post contains links JetBlueGuy2006 : Interesting piece from the AP... Who will get the protection of Hillary Clinton assuming she becomes SOS, the Secret Service or the Bureau of Diplomat
112 Mir : So he's not allowed to work within the rules? Bush has used questionable but legal tactics with regards to domestic surveillance, Guantanamo, etc. an
113 DXing : Never said that. What I said was that they were questionable tactics, which even the people in Chicago agreed with. I must have missed something, wer
114 Beaucaire : Clinton foreign affairs,Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary; and Eric Holder as attorney general confirmed
115 Beaucaire : ..and Susanne Rice becomes the new UN ambassador ..
116 Post contains links DXing : Of course to offer the job of Secretary of State to Senator Clinton soon to be President-elect Obama will have to borrow a page from President Nixon's
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