The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008



Lobbyists Predict Obama Short Lists

By Carol D. Leonnig
As official Washington speculates about who will be in Obama's Cabinet, lobbyists are the taking the speculative game to a whole other level -- after all, for them, such decisions are a matter of business significance.

And so it is that the six-page transition score card above -- readable in full here -- is circulating among D.C. lobby shops, detailing names believed by the insider's insiders to be under consideration by the Obama transition team.

The memo should be treated at this point as highly speculative, though it is some of the most up-to-date speculation around.

Posted at 1:46 PM ET on Nov 13, 2008  | Category:  Transition
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Posted by: MatthewAvitabile | November 13, 2008 11:14 PM

I can accept Caroline Kennedy at the UN. That's a pretty harmless spot. But get RFK Jr. off the EPA list.

He's not respected by scientists and has a personal life that makes him unfit to lead.

Posted by: RedBird27 | November 13, 2008 7:06 PM

Penny Pritzker as head of the Dept. of Commerce? I think the lobbyists are dreaming... Her background is way too suspect.

Posted by: WesternMom | November 13, 2008 4:00 PM

There is so much wrong here with the modern Republican party. Market principles lead to a market crash that is scaring the pants off of everybody and even its chief architect, Alan Greenspan, admitted as much. And reducing the size and role of government? After you've spent us into oblivion with tax cuts for the rich, the Iraq war and now the bailout of the economy? How can you ever talk about these things again and have anybody take your party seriously?

The elephant in the room is that the "conservative" Republic party has had pretty much the run of the whole U.S. government. They controlled Congress for 10 of the last 12 years and they controlled the White House for the last eight years....and they screwed it up royally. Foreign policy. Domestic policy, Economic policy......etc etc.
The whole country has been laid to waste in every direction thanks to their "re-distribute the wealth upwords" and warmongering policies.

Here's some advice for our Wingnut friends (John W, Terry etc):
Start with truth. Admit that absolute power corrupted absolutely. That market places don't run without regulation because everybody cheats and nobody wins. That stripping the middle class to enrich the wealthy robs from everybody. That being a thug in the world leads to dead Americans and by doing that you have ruined our reputation and emptied our treasury.

That somewhere, you'll find good, honest people who can debate policy without using fear, smear and racism as campaign and policy tactics.

That somehow you'll find some honest-to-goodness morals and a desire to serve the country and not a bunch of rich lobbyists, big oil and big corporations.

Otherwise, you will operate on the fringes of society clinging to a couple of electoral votes in the Southern States.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 13, 2008 3:12 PM


How would Obama's left-progressive supporters feel about that one?

Perhaps WaPo could get Nat Hentoff or Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice to comment on that one.

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 13, 2008 2:53 PM

Any list that doesn't include Bill Richardson on the short list for SecState isn't a list that can be taken seriously.

Posted by: djbeec | November 13, 2008 2:06 PM

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