Man, CQ’s cabinet predictions are depressing. Let’s document the atrocities:
That said, there are some good things here. Rice would be a great pick for State, and would prove beyond any doubt that there’s room in Foggy Bottom for black women with the last name Rice. The list for Obama’s AG is fantastic; though Jamie Gorelick would be tough to get through the Senate after this, all three are great choices. I’d prefer Eric Holder, if only because (a) his views on the war on terror are awesome and (b) I met Artur Davis at TAP and came away from it convinced that he can and should kick the crap out of Richard Shelby come 2010.
I was surprised that Larry Summers isn’t on the list for Treasury; he’s been very present on the bailout issue, and clearly wants another chance. The visual of having the first Obama treasury secretary be the same person as the last Clinton Treasury secretary isn’t ideal, but you could do a lot worse. I agree with CQ that Timothy Geithner is more likely, but personally I like the idea of bringing Summers back.
I’m still hoping for Richard Danzig at Defense, but Jack Reed – along with Gates the alternative to Danzig on CQ’s list – wouldn’t be half-bad. The only problem is that we’d lose a Senate seat in a state with a Republican governor. I’m sure whoever Donald Carcieri picked would lose to Pat Kennedy or James Langevin come 2010, but that’s a whole Congress without a Democratic vote in that seat. That could make the difference on things like health care or energy legislation.