Refinishing the Cabinet

As President Obama ponders the shape of his second cabinet, here are some of the names in line for key posts

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We know who will be in the White House for the next four years, but what about the rest of the team? President Obama is pondering the shape of his second-term Cabinet. Secretaries Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and Timothy Geithner have all signaled their likely departures. Last time around, Obama made a few surprise choices; here are some names in play now for the key posts.

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9 comments
MrObvious
MrObvious

PLEASE for the love of this country, get rid of Geithner. NO more business and finance insiders. We don't need the people who got us into peril in the first place.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm not very interested in seeing John Kerry as SoS. His appointment would pave the way for Brown to win a special election for senator in Massachusettes and the democrats might need that seat to keep the majority in the midterms.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The only thing I'd like to see as far as the Treasury is concerned is an appointment that doesn't have enormous ties (or a history) with Goldman Sachs or any other monstrous investment/banking firm.  I won't hold my breath.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I hear you; lets not give up what was so hard fought and won. Scott Brown is a rightie rubberstamp.

sacredh
sacredh

That would be the way I'm leaning too.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@sacredh I really like the idea of the UN Ambassador stepping in as SoS.  Signals to the rest of the world that we value the UN as real diplomacy.

sacredh
sacredh

outsider2011, many of us on here (including you too I believe) said that the Tea Party was going to cost the republicans this election. We were right. When Obama leaves office in 2017, his legacy is going to include the Supreme Court and 8 years of judicial appointments which are going to influence the country for a generation. The republican party is making noises now about making efforts to be more inclusive. Fat f'n chance. They move towards the center and they'll lose the base. The Tea Party has always put their agenda above the party and above the country. They're not going to start playing nice all of a sudden just because they cost the republicans the White House and a couple of senate seats.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh 

Me too - and i'm also, very selfishly, loving the idea of Obama forcing the senate to start complaining about Rice. 

McCain and Graham want to try and block her? I'd like to see a very bloody fight, with the GOP losing. They spent the last 4 years fighting everything Obama said, including the fact that water is wet. 

Ram it down their collective throats. 

The people are behind Obama - just keep exposing the GOP for what it is. 

Do you know how many positions Obama didn't even attempt to fill because of the GOP last term? 

Get them all filled, and make the GOP show themselves for what they are. 

outsider
outsider

@sacredh 

I suspect you are right. I know i agree with your point. Which is why i'm saying don't play nice, now. 

Obama tried to be conciliatory in his first term - and only forced things when there was no other option. 

No matter how you look at it, Obama won handily (130 Electoral votes is a very large margin) - He should use that to influence his decisions. 

I am in complete agreement about the fact that the GOP will NOT start to suddenly be inclusive. The party might in a generation or two - but not anytime soon. 

As we both said ( i believe) the TP label is gone, but the ethos is still there. And it will continue to haunt the GOP. 

Obama is in a position of strength - and he doesn't have to worry about re-election. He should use that to get the nominees he wants, regardless of what McCain and Graham bleat out.