January 24, 2009
And the winner is......
Here are some predictions/picks on the Cabinet positions of most significance to environmental matters according to Politico's semi-official leaks. My picks and comments are in green. Results are in red.
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. Odds on favorite is Holder Score one for the home team
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. First nominee has got to be a woman - Kagan is smart and has credibility, but this is a much shorter list than Obama will look at. Nope - Solicitor General instead, but give her a couple of years at Justice and she's teed up for a trip to the Court
Secretary of State: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.); Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind) State is too important to give to a Republican, Kerry's too valuable in the Senate, and Richardson was UN Ambassador so he knows international diplomacy Boy, did I blow it. Clinton was an obvious and brilliant choice.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator: Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.); Kathleen McGinty, former head of the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency Again, McGinty is an odds on favorite who knows her stuff Not even close -- Lisa Jackson wasn't on the short list even.
Commerce secretary: Penny Pritzker, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Sen.
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) Need
some Republicans and Olympia Snowe is a liberal one; although she's
more valuable in the Senate. So maybe one of the non-environmental
positions will go to a Republican and Obama will stick with a
Democrat. I'd take Sebelius -- she's articulate and mid-Western. This is a black box question mark now that Richardson's out of the running along with Sebelius.
Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Robert F. Kennedy Jr. This is the position most likely to go to someone who hasn't been in the running.Well, I didn't get Salazar's name, but I did figure out that the right name wasn't obvious.
Secretary of Energy: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.); My pick would be Lincoln Chafee, a liberal Republican who understands environmental issues as well as energy issues. Again, Bingaman's too valuable in the Senate. Way, way, way, way wrong!!! Chu's a far better choice than I would ever have imagined.
Secretary of Agriculture: Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) Vilsack is odds on favorite. OK, got this one
Health and Human ServicesNominated
Housing and Urban DevelopmentConfirmed
Other Key Positions
Assistant for Legislative AffairsAppointed
Central Intelligence Agency DirectorNominated
Chief of StaffAppointed
Director of National Economic CouncilAppointed
Director of National IntelligenceNominated
Environmental Protection Agency AdministratorConfirmed
National Security AdviserAppointed
Office of Management and Budget DirectorConfirmed
United Nations AmbassadorConfirmed
United States Trade RepresentativeNominated
White House Coordinator of Energy and Climate PolicyAppointed
White House Press SecretaryAppointed
Other Likely Top Advisers
- Michael Froman
- Jason Furman
- Austan Goolsbee
- Bill Richardson
- Christina Romer
- Laura D'Andrea Tyson
- Paul A. Volcker
- Foreign Policy
- Michael Froman
- Richard C. Holbrooke
- Anthony Lake
- Jacob J. Lew
- Denis McDonough
- Bill Richardson
- James B. Steinberg
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