Obama’s administration Posted by: McQ
on Monday, November 03, 2008
Here, from Politico, are a list of names being discussed for various positions in an Obama administration. Note the name conspicuously missing when you get to HHS and "Health Care Czar". Note too that, according to this list at least, Al Gore would have a job of sorts.
White House chief of staff: Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.); or dark horse candidate Bill Daley, commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton and now an executive with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Ambassador at large on climate change: former Vice President Al Gore
National security adviser: Jim Steinberg, the deputy under Clinton; Gregory Craig, special counsel to Clinton; Susan Rice; retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni; Samantha Power of Harvard’s Kennedy School
White House economic adviser: Austan Goolsbee, senior policy adviser to campaign and University of Chicago economics professor; Jason Furman, director of economic policy for the campaign; Michael Froman, former Treasury chief of staff, Citigroup executive and Harvard Law classmate of Obama
Defense secretary: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.); Richard Danzig, Navy secretary under Clinton; John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS and former deputy secretary of defense; President Bush’s incumbent, Robert Gates — would be for at least a year so he wasn’t a lame duck
Attorney general: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine; Eric Holder, who was deputy AG under Clinton and is now with Covington & Burling and led Obama’s vice presidential search; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
Supreme Court nominee: Washington superlawyer Robert Barnett; legal scholar Cass Sunstein; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York; Elena Kagan, dean of Harvard Law School. Consensus is it would most likely be a woman.
Secretary of State: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.); Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)
Deputy secretary of State: Gregory Craig
Director of State Department policy planning (internal think tank): Samantha Power
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations: Susan Rice, senior campaign national security adviser and State Department and National Security Council official under Clinton; Caroline Kennedy
Treasury secretary: Former Clinton treasury secretaries Larry Summers and Robert Rubin; FDIC Chairwoman Sheila C. Bair; New York Fed President Timothy Geithner, former Treasury under secretary and assistant secretary; former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker
Deputy Treasury secretary: Jake Siewert
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle; Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a physician; John Kitzhaber, doctor and former Oregon governor
Health care czar in White House: Tom Daschle
Education secretary: David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former U.S. senator and former Sooner State governor; Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean (R), who was chairman of the 9/11 Commission; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)
Environmental Protection Agency administrator: Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.); Kathleen McGinty, former head of the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency
Commerce secretary: Penny Pritzker, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
Homeland Security secretary: Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.); William Bratton, Los Angeles police chief and former New York police commissioner; former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), a member of the 9/11 Commission; Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.); Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
CIA director: Former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
Director of National Intelligence: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.); Tammy Duckworth, the director of Illinois Veterans’ Affairs, Iraq veteran and former Democratic House candidate; Bush’s incumbent, James Peake
Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Secretary of Energy: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Secretary of Transportation: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)
Secretary of Labor: Former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.); Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union; Kay Hagan of North Carolina (if she loses her challenge to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole); Jeanne Shaheen, former New Hampshire governor (if she loses her challenge to U.S. Sen. John Sununu)
Secretary of Agriculture: Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy: William Bratton
Director, Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Obama's renamed faith-based office): Josh DuBois, campaign's director of religious affairs
Now I don't know about you, but for the "outsider" who plans to change Washington DC, he sure is talking about a heck of a lot of the same old people that have been Washington insiders for years to do the job.
In fact, you could argue this is mostly a group of Clinton retreads sprinkled with longtime Democrats who've either lost an election or retired.
Also interesting to note which Republicans he might choose to reach out too. And trust me, if offering an Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins a cabinet position in return for the possibility of that 60th Senate seat, you can bet they'll get the offer.
Last, but certainly not least, check out the possible Supreme Court nominees. Stevens and Ginzberg are going to resign very soon. Which of these possible nominees would you rather see on the bench?
Imagine this crew, plus Pelosi and Reid, in total charge for at least the next 2 years.
What, no Jamie Gorelick? We must have Jamie Gorelick! She figured in all our favorite disasters — 9/11, 9/11 Commission, Fannie Mae, the Duke LaCrosse case — and we simply cannot do without her for the catastrophe to come. Write Obama now and demand a spot for Jamie!
Wait. Isn’t Obama the secret scary Radical Marxist going to appoint some folks from the Green Party? Where’s Cynthia Mckinney? I can’t find Dennis Kucinich’s name here anywhere. What about Bernie Sanders, the most successful socialist in the US? How could Barack Obama leave him out? Does he resent socialists like Bernie Sanders as being too moderate? In that case, surely he’s going to appoint some card-carrying members of the American communist party. Right?
In fact, you could argue this is mostly a group of Clinton retreads sprinkled with longtime Democrats who’ve either lost an election or retired.
Or to put it another way, all the conservative websites who have been filling pages about Obama’s secret commitment to revolutionary marxism, etc, are.... either vindicated, or not vindicated by this list. I can’t figure out which myself.
I actually give you credit for putting this list up at all. Kudos for not hiding this from your audience for the greater good of protecting the image of Obama as a young Chairman Mao. I have to mark you ahead of, say, the National Review.