Will Obama’s Cabinet Provide Surprises?

Turns out that Hillary Clinton (D) and President-elect Obama (D) met yesterday in Chicago, presumably to talk about the possibility of her being named Secretary of State.

My two cents: I love the idea. It would be great if Obama named Clinton as his very first cabinet appointment and such a move would show Obama was dead serious about his “Team of Rivals” approach to his administration. She’s obviously qualified and I think America would love to see a new government that wasn’t simply made-up of cronies but of people with differing viewpoints who come together for the good of the country.

… How far does Obama go with his Team of Rivals approach? Who else does Obama name to his cabinet? He tapped Biden as his running mate and everyone fully expects that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) – another presidential rival — will land in some Obama cabinet post. …

… But does Obama tap his Republican rivals? Does Obama ask John McCain (R) to be Defense Secretary (I hope not) — but be mindful that the two rivals are meeting next week. What about Mitt Romney (R) as Commerce Secretary (I’d be okay with that)? Or Rudy Giuliani (R) as either Homeland Security or FBI or CIA chief (no thanks)? I mean Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) or Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) or Tom Coburn (R-OK) are hardly rivals in any real sense. They’re members of the opposing party who have worked with Obama on some issues — especially Hagel — but they aren’t true political rivals. And then there’s Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who has emerged as a true political rival (please God, no). What about First Lady Laura Bush as Education Secretary (somewhat interesting)?

by Mark Nikolas at Huffington Post: How Far Will Obama’s “Team of Rivals” Approach Go?

Any hope for progressive voices in the new cabinet?


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