Cabinet Guessing Game Nearing an End
By Ben Pershing
The parlor game of guessing Barack Obama's Cabinet picks is sadly nearing its end, as almost every position is now filled. Tom Vilsack and Ken Salazar are set to be named today to head Agriculture and Interior, respectively. (If you're keeping track, the Cabinet is still without a southerner. Didn't Obama win Virginia and North Carolina?)
That leaves just a few openings at the the Cabinet level, including Labor and Transportation. One person who won't be taking a job with the Obama administration: Xavier Becerra, who is no longer interested in being U.S. Trade Representative because, he told the editorial board of La Opinion, trade issues "would not be priority No. 1, and perhaps, not even priority No. 2 or 3" for the new administration. Remember that strategy the next time you get a job offer (and it's not clear that the job was ever really offered to Becerra) -- don't just turn down the offer, but insult the prospective employer in the process! They'll be teaching that one in business school for a long time.
Since Hillary Clinton did not "pull a Becerra" and is, in fact, leaving the Senate to join the administration, the search for her successor grinds on. Caroline Kennedy got some vocal support yesterday from Harry Reid, who cited both Clinton and Kennedy's uncle in pointing out, "We have a lot of stars from New York." He also noted that "she's 52 years old." What more do you need to hear? That should quiet any suggestion she's unqualified.
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Posted at 8:05 AM ET on Dec 17, 2008
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