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I was thinking... if it were possible for Obama to get people to commit to being in his cabinet before he won the Democratic nomination (or even the general election), would it help him secure the nomination? Would he put the money where his mouth is and select some interesting people to advise him? Here are some suggestions for him (I tried to mostly avoid any currently serving legislators, thinking it may improve the odds of these people accepting the positions...which is still a crazy proposition):

Vice President – Janet Napolitano (D-AZ)

Secretary of State - Bill Richardson (D-NM)

Secretary of the Treasury - Michael Bloomberg (R-NY)

Secretary of Defense - Wesley Clark (D – AR)

Attorney General - John Edwards (D – NC)

Secretary of the Interior - Kay Bailey Hutchison (R – TX)

Secretary of Agriculture - Tom Vilsack (D – IA)

Secretary of Commerce - Tom Daschle (D – SD)

Secretary of Labor - Mel Martinez (R – FL)

Secretary of Health and Human Services - Kathleen Sebelius (D – KS)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Deval Patrick (D – MA)

Secretary of Transportation - Ruth Ann Minner (D – DE)

Secretary of Energy – Al Gore (D – TN)

Secretary of Education - Carol Moseley Braun (D – IL)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Jim Webb (D – VA)

Secretary of Homeland Security – Colin Powell (R – NY)

Also, DELEGATE (not vote) Prediction for the Democratic Super Tuesday results:
Clinton - 848 Delegates - 8 States + 1 territory(Am Samoa, AR, CA, CT, DE, NJ, NM, NY, OK)
Obama - 833 Delegates - 13 States (AL, AK, CO, GA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MN, MO, ND, TN, UT)
Tied - 0 Delegates - 1 State (AZ)

Date: 2008-02-05 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
I'm not even going to TRY to predict Super Tuesday. Everything is in way too much flux right now. I will point out that CA and NY are "winner take all states" both, I think. I think?

It's sounding like Obama has a really good chance of taking CA, or at least being in contention.

Bill Richardson would make an awesome Secretary of State. You're taking too many senators out of the mix, though, which unless the dems add 8 or more seats to their majority, will Not Happen.

And if they make Kay Bailey Hutchison Sec. of the Interior, I will move to Canada. I'm serious. That bitch is a two-faced lying WHO-AH. I also guarantee you that they won't make anyone but a Democrat Sec. of Labor.

Date: 2008-02-05 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjschaef.livejournal.com
But, the only ACTIVELY SERVING senators that I picked were Ms. Hutchison and Mel Martinez... both republicans... one a woman and one a Cuban.

Date: 2008-02-05 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
Sigh. I keep thinking of Sibelius and VILSAK! as senators, not governors. DOH.

Hutchison is not a good choice for SecInt. However, Olympia DukakSnowe or Susan Collins might be possibilities.

Date: 2008-02-05 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jsbowden.livejournal.com
Jim Webb is an actively serving Senator. He just started his term last year.

Date: 2008-02-05 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjschaef.livejournal.com
So he is... I stand corrected.

Date: 2008-02-06 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
Also: in the dem primary, no state is winner-take-all.

Date: 2008-02-06 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjschaef.livejournal.com
I already knew that, of course... since I am OBSESSED... I just never got around to responding to you earlier.

Date: 2008-02-06 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
I just found out today :/

Date: 2008-02-05 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
Also: It's a general tradition that cabinets don't get named until the general election, as it's seemed arrogant or some other really stupid reason to prep like that.

Date: 2008-02-05 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjschaef.livejournal.com
Yeah, traditions are stupid sometimes... since Obama is all about change... a guy can hope right?

Appoinments Cabinet

Date: 2008-02-05 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Clark would be a good balance for VP. He can't be Sec of Defense because he is not out of the military 10 years. Fed regulation

Date: 2008-02-06 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] publius1.livejournal.com
Hmm... looks like you're not doing too bad on the state predictions!

Date: 2008-02-06 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjschaef.livejournal.com
Not too bad, no... so far, in the races that CNN has called, I missed CT, DE, MA and TN.

My delegate count is probably going to be pretty close too, but that won't be completely clear for sure until sometime tomorrow.

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