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Is New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in line to become Commerce Department chief? (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Updated, 1:58 p.m.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has emerged as a "serious contender" to head the Commerce Department under President-elect Barack Obama, according to a Democratic official close to the proceedings.

Richardson was originally in the mix to be the secretary of State but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is now expected be announced for that post after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The rumors of Richardson as the next head of the Commerce Department bring to a close a wild week in the transition of Obama from candidate to president. In the last seven days, a series of leading Cabinet picks have been revealed including Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to Homeland Security, former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle to Health and Human Services, Eric Holder to Justice and, last, but certainly not least, Clinton to State.

The idea of the erstwhile rivals putting the bad blood of the primary season behind them and throwing their lots in together on the world stage has dominated the media coverage of the Obama transition since it was revealed that late last week Clinton had traveled to Chicago to meet with the President-elect.

With the major impediment -- former President Bill Clinton's finances and business relationships -- now apparently behind them, sources in both camps suggest a post-Thanksgiving announcement is likely.

Obama promised in a post-election news conference that he would move with "deliberate haste" to fill out his Cabinet and senior White House staff -- a recognition that with a global financial crisis growing by the day and the United States involved in two wars abroad there was little time to waste.

Commerce was originally rumored to be going to Penny Pritzker, the finance chairwoman of Obama's campaign and a close friend of the Illinois senator, but she removed herself from consideration on Thursday due to an inability to extricate herself from a series of complex business ties.

Richardson, who was elected governor of the Land of Enchantment in 2002 and reelected with 69 percent of the vote in 2006, has made no secret of his interest in returning to Washington to take a place in the Obama Administration. A longshot contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, Richardson endorsed Obama in his primary battle with Clinton (to the dismay of many Clinton supporters), and, if nominated for Commerce, would help round out Obama's "Team of Rivals."

Richardson spent 15 years in the U.S. House -- from 1982 to 1997 -- before being named by then President Bill Clinton as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. A year later Richardson became Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Cabinet.

The major remaining Cabinet posts in the Obama Administration are the secretaries of Defense and Treasury.

Robert Gates, the current head of Defense Department, is rumored to be a candidate to stay on in an Obama Administration. Richard Danzig, a senior adviser to Obama and a former Secretary of the Navy, is also considered a serious possibility.

For Treasury, conventional wisdom seems to have coalesced behind former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as the top two candidates.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 21, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
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Bill Richardson is incompetent, and seems to only use his HALF latino background as a means to progress his political career. New Mexico has gone into the toilette since he has been governor, a position he pursued only because he wanted to use it as a stepping stone to become president of the US. He’ s great and racking up the titles, but if you dig down deep, he has very few real accomplishments. Come on Obama…you can find a “Latino” much better than this to fill your diversity quota. P.S. Let's not forget about all his skeletons from his "extra-curricular" activities.

Posted by: sofia1 | November 25, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson was robbed of the job at State. He is AT LEAST as qualified as any other serious contender (i.e. Sen. Clinton), but would be more dynamic than the junior New York senator. Commerce is a minor Cabinet position and Richardson deserves better for a truly impressive record of public service.

Posted by: FilmBuff84 | November 24, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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Obama is a do-nothing - everyone in the country is telling him to get up and act now - we do not need another press conference from him in which all his people look scared. (see picture in the Fix posting entitled "Fix Pick: Brooks on the Transition")


There is no change.


There is no change. What is different? The voters voted for something DIFFERENT FROM BUSH, DIFFERENT FROM CLINTON.


HOW HARD IS THAT?


The Clinton people got us into this mess by allowing the internet bubble to emerge - which led to the mortgage bubble - no one has stopped the SNOWBALL OF THE CLINTON ECONOMIC DISASTER.

Clinton is the one who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act - Clinton and the DNC took vast amounts of money from Wall Street to make this happen


Clinton is the one who DEREGULATED WALL STREET.


CLINTON IS THE ONE WHO TOOK VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY FROM CHINA AND INDONESIA -


Foreign Money?? Sound familar? Foreign money went into Obama's campaign.


We have serious serious problems in this country - the democratic party has shown that it can be bought and paid for with foreign money


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 24, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget this important aspect about Bill Richardson, should make us all think twice if we really want him in government at all.

Bill Richardson on Iraq sanctions that prevented medicine and food from being imported resulting in the deaths of 500,000 children from starvation and preventable illness.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S1YkQs5nXQ

Posted by: dohroller322 | November 23, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

And so, with the Unfalliable Judgement of
His Magic Teleprompter Messiah Loser in
Chief Elect Barack "The Wealth Spreader"
Hussein Obama has just created his first
2.5 Million New Low Wage Jobs for the Next
30 Million Illegal Aliens now already
waiting at the US Border to enter the USSA
with the able assistents of Obama's Illegal
Alien Lovers Sec Of Homeland Security
Democrat Do Nothing Janet Napolitano and
Known Total Screw Up Sec of Commerce Judeas
Bill "I'm Hispanic" Richardson there to
personally escort them to their new jobs
and new homes,that used to belong to real
American Citizens and Workers as Obama's
First Order of Business on Jan 20 2009.
So all of you additionally unemployed US
workers and former home owners engage the
new Obama's "Change You Can Belive In".

Posted by: sherrykay2008 | November 22, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

@ DwightCollins

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Yo soy latino tambien y no entiendo. Como es que el actua mas como una persona blanca?
Todos los latinos actuan de la misma forma?

Posted by: KansasDem | November 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If anyone remembers Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama and Obama's response it was Bill Richardson who obtained the commitment from Barack to fully utilize green technology as the engine of economic recovery. Bill Richardson has been the greenest of democratic presidential candidates and as Secretary of Commerce he would drive home insulation, solar thermal, photovoltaics, and the electric car not only to a broad cross-section of Americans but to the developing world which needs the appropriate technology for sustainable development. What he learned as Secretary of Energy and UN Ambassador comes together to make ecologically friendly infrastructure transformation the engine of economic recovery for America and the world.

And by-the-way don't diss his fastball; he outpitched Senator Domenici and the Republicans every year he was in the House of Representatives. We're lucky he was overpitched in high school and college and threw out his elbow or he'd be thinking about the Big Green Wall at Fenway instead of the Big Green Clean Energy Machine we call planet Earth.

Posted by: DrDan2000 | November 22, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Here in New Mexico here's what we've seen:

. He works well across the aisle.

. He's pragmatic.

. He's very effective at getting things done. If something must happen, he makes it happen.

. Don't mess with him.

Barack Obama is filling his cabinet with some very strong personalities. These people are used to running the show. It's not going to be easy for them to take direction .. and it's certainly not going to be easy for Obama to keep these people on track, his track.

That said, It's encouraging to see Obama filling his cabinet positions with some very effective people, strong people who know how to get things done.


Posted by: kcooper35 | November 22, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I wish Gov Richardson. would have been the Sec of State pick too, however, Pres-elect Obama has defeated the well connected Clintons as well as Sen, McCain...This man has run the most successful campaign in the history of politics! he is not a short term tactical operator, but a strategic thinker. A man of vision with plans for long term success. If he runs this country the way he ran his campaign, we will be fine. Lest we forget this man has inherited the Bush/Cheney disaster of 2 wars, a failed economy, and sour relations throughout the world. When Pres-elect Obama said he would " change " the way Washngton works, I believe he will, although we may be seeing a few familiar faces, they will be advocating and pushing the Obama new change agenda. It's not the people that will " change" but the concepts, ideas and the way they are implemented...WOW a President with a wonderful brain!

Posted by: msTee1 | November 21, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Is this the SAME GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON who went around saying in interviews that he was being SCOUTED AND RECRUITED by a major league BASEBALL TEAM, and then later said when challenged on it by the MEDIA that he "might have been wrong" about his statements?!?!?

ROFLMAO!!!!

WHAT A DORK!

Yes Governor Bill Richardson. You can be the Secretary of Commerce, but you also have to agree to take out the TRASH every night.

Can you handle that Mister Governor of New Mexico?

LOL

p.s. And shave off that silly beard and moustache. It looks like you are advertising your piehole for "other things".

Major leagues, huh?

LOLOLOLOLOL!

Posted by: DriveByPoster | November 21, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

No way, no how no CLINTONS!!

Posted by: wlockhar | November 21, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer to see Richardson at State or, failing that, back at Energy where he could oversee Kyoto and wield significant international influence.

But if he is put at Commerce, he will likely excel there.

A shame that Richardson's experience and early support of Obama is not wielding the influence of the Clintons' influence in Democratic Party politics, but that is perhaps par for the course.

Silver lining: Bill Clinton will make an excellent Special Envoy for the Obama Administration if Hillary is named Secretary of State.

Possible twist in the end game: Harry Reid gives Hillary a Senate post of sufficient stature to keep her in that body, and Richardson gets the Secretary of State nod. I do think that Hillary would be a good choice for a Senate leadership post, and/or broad responsibility for assembling the Senate Democrats' plans on health care reform. Those are roles in which Hillary could excel.

Posted by: ANetliner | November 21, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

before Richardson takes office, how about a public apology to Wen Ho Lee, whom he unlawfully and wrongly accused in public of being a Chinese spy.

Bill Clinton apologized.
The Judge in the trial apologized.
The news media apologized.

9 years later, it is Bill Richardson's turn, especially considering he was the leak that almost ruined an innocent man's life.

Posted by: stevek_ffx | November 21, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was called a racist for saying it but

Kennedy got little done during his administration- for all his bold words- he could not guide any of his legislation through congress and was blown out of the water in foriegn negotiations as Krushev outmatched him. It is simply history. Johnson got the whole great society thing through because he knew how to develop and move policy.

Barak, for all his beautiful words, has pretty much no record of doing anything in government- 6/8 years in the state legislature he had practically no bills until he thought he would run for senate and then called in favors and his whole 4 years in Senate have been about getting elected president- so...

It is vital that he has people who can move policy. Hillary is one of those people. Daschle is another. Richardson also has the experience and connections and works the system to move policy. The reason the administration is full of Clintonites is because they know what they are doing. As mentioned previously, Clinton's first 2 years were disasterous because he boldly pushed gays in the military and universal health care as his first two issues- he had no idea how to move policy. Barak at least has learned from history.

Also, for all of you who hate the Clintons so...how bad were the 90s? Was it the peace part or the prosperity part that bugs you so much? All of the progress was squandered by this administration's mismanagement. Obama should only be so lucky as to get the country back to the place it was at in 1999- this economy is far more like 1932 (and don't blame this economy on the Clintons- this is the work of the Reagan/Bushes)

Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | November 21, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

dotellen wrote, "In New Mexico, Richardson has pushed start-up companies that have not delivered. Eclipse Aviation has gone belly-up, Dean Baldwin painting recruited illegal immigrants-- I don't think he has the business acumen to make anything of the Commerce position."

I don't see the brilliance of this pick either, and not just because he's liable to be pinching Hillary from behind in official cabinet photos.

Given Obama's statement that there *will* be at least one Republican in his cabinet, this post would have been an interesting one to fill with Mitt Romney. I suppose there was little point in offering the job to a man who probably wouldn't have accepted it.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 21, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

One last thing. If Richardson DOES become Commerce Secretary, I expect he'll help us sell our famous green chile all over the world :)

btw... Richardson has helped create thousands of jobs in New Mexico.

Posted by: NewMexicoObserver | November 21, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Great summary of the state of play, IMHO the Fix keeps getting better.

This sentence: "she removed herself from consideration on Thursday due to an inability to extricate herself from a series of complex business ties" could be part of a wry W.H. Auden poem, something along the lines of

"He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a
saint"

only more tongue-twisting.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 21, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse


In New Mexico, Richardson has pushed start-up companies that have not delivered. Eclipse Aviation has gone belly-up, Dean Baldwin painting recruited illegal immigrants-- I don't think he has the business acumen to make anything of the Commerce position.


Posted by: dotellen | November 21, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is far the best choice for State, but Hilary and BIll remain POed about his early support for Obama, so he'll have to wait. When the first Supreme court justice position becomes available, I imagine Obama will send Hilary there and move Richardson where he belongs.

Posted by: RickH1 | November 21, 2008 3:33 PM
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Astutely observed!

Posted by: abqcleve
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I totally agree as well.

Posted by: MariaL1 | November 21, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Richardson's skills would be better used as Secretary of State than at Commerce. I respect Hillary, but she's never negotiated with any world leaders before, and her training is in corporate law, not diplomacy. Richardson has negotiated face to face with Saddam Hussein and other rogue leaders. Who else has done that? I think Richardson has hit the glass ceiling.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | November 21, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

after endless denigrating the clinton admin, he's reconstituting it...older greyer and less innovative.

there's no change here..he's creating an admin that's is going to bicker and fight endlessly

he's not picking people that are up and coming in their careers.. he's picking people that were up and coming 20 years ago..

Posted by: newagent99 | November 21, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is an inspired pick for State. Richardson would be a good fit for Defense, because of his history at Energy and knowledge of nuclear nonproliferation (the most important issue). Then so would Colin Powell to follow when Gates leaves in a year or so. I can't see that Richardson would accept Commerce.

Posted by: fix500 | November 21, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Nevadaandy wrote:
From day one, Obama has begun fulfilling his committment to change - that statement cannot be said of any other President.
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I stopped reading after this because anyone who honestly thinks this about ANY president HAS to be retarded... and does not warrant further reading..

Posted by: indep2 | November 21, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

From day one, Obama has begun fulfilling his committment to change - that statement cannot be said of any other President. He may be bringing in "re-treads" from the Clinton admnistration but he is wise enough to know he needs people with knowledge and experience to effect the change we need. He is choosing the brightest and the best from the Clinton years. We will have a President who has the self assuredness to know that he can make these people together to work together on his agenda to create a better America.

Richardson would be a good Secretary of Commerce. His background in Congress and the UN gives him the experience he needs to foster international trade agreements and relationships. As a governor he knows what states need to do to promote economic growth in their states and what problems they are currently facing. He knows how Washington politics works. It won't take him long to get Commerce up and running.

I hear Geithner will be the new Treasury Secretary. I think it's an excellent choice. He's a career Treasury employee so he knows how the agency is run and can hit the ground running. He knows the NY banking system and wall street. Having grown up overseas, he has a world perspective that is needed in this troubled economic time (since America is not in this situation alone).

I think Hilary is a good choice. She has shown she can be a team player. She's known around the world.

Napolitano is good at Homeland because of her experience with the immigration issue.

Obama impressed me a little more than four years ago and he continues to impress me today.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | November 21, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I think this could be an excellent pick for our country. The Governor has a strong persuasive nature that could be helpful for our trade issues.

On the other hand, he would be a top notch pick for Interior Secretary, where we have so much federal land that is in need of preservation. He has the leadership and credibility to not only create a new historic legacy for Pres. Obama and himself, but offer balanced experienced leadership to the tribes and to the extractive industries (not to mention the rabid ranching crowd)
Plus, this would put him on the scene frequently in western states with large Hispanic populations...

As a New Mexican, we'd love him for Interior, as an American, I know he'd be great for both.

I trust Obama's decision either way.

Posted by: NewMexicoObserver | November 21, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Obama Administration is selecting a person as unqualified as Bill Richardson for such a critical position given the state of our economy. While Richardson has managed to rack up an impressive list of titles, if you look at what he has actually accomplished in his various roles, you come up with a big zero. Case in point: the state of NM is in far worse shape since Richardson has been in power from an economic, social and educational perspective. Moreover, he has no experience to speak of in the area of commerce.

It seems as though Richardson, who is only part-Latino, was selected presumably to appease the Latino vote. Ironically, the Latino vote does not support Richardson (as seen in the most recent Presidential campaign.)

Beyond Richardson's incompetence, let's not forget all the skeletons he has in his closet from his "extra -curricular" activities.

While I support Obama and most of the choices he has made thus far for his cabinet, I absolutely do not support having Bill Richardson as part of the administration. In every way, Richardson is a bad choice for the Obama and our country.

Posted by: sofia1 | November 21, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I like the cabinet picks as reported so far. I also like the people chosen to be part of the President's White House team.

Some have complained that picking Democrats who are veterans of the Clinton administration is going against Obama's pledge of "change." But that couldn't be further from the truth. Barak Obama is the leader of this team, not the Clintons. He is already not repreating one error of the Clinton administration, which put too many unseasoned people in responsible positions.

The Clinton administeation is the only recent Democratic administration. Veterans of his administration comprise the only group of Demicrats who are experienced in the executive branch. The veterans of Jimmy Carter's administration are mostly too old, though some like Warren Christopher, who negotiated the Iran hostage release for Carter and was Clinton's first Secretary of State, is part of Obama's foreign policy transition team.

Obama needs people who know the reigns of government. He seems to be appointing them.

Clinton came to office in 1992, but because few on his first administrative team had any Washington experience, he squandered the large congressional majority he enjoyed those first two years. The 1994 debacle for the Democrats was due to the fact that he could not seem to get his major policy issues through a Democratic Congress. In fact, with more experienced Washington hands coming into his administation later, Clinton actually had more success dealing with the Republican majority that dominated Congress in his last six years.

If, as is rumored, he leaves a major cabinet post to a Republican, such as Gates at Defense, he will also be making a great demonstration of a bipartisan effort.

Bush kept one Democrat in his cabinet, but it was in the comparitively innocuous Department of Transportation. A Republican at Defense would be huge, providing he is square with Obama's defense policy objectives.

So far Obama is still making me proud of not only my vote, but the volunteer hours I put in.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | November 21, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Richardson si! Clinton nada! Richardson should go to state, Clinton should go to Somalia as ambassador and take her goofy husband(?) with her. Richardson is far more qualified skilled, and experienced for state. Only upper New York state wins if Clinton leaves the senate.

Posted by: surfer-joe | November 21, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I personally think that Richardson should be given a post where he can deal with illegal immigration, since he had some very reasonable and pragmatic solutions to the immigration crisis we face in this country during the primaries.

Posted by: kentuckywoman | November 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Ron Brown was killed on the job while Commerce Secretary. Please show some respect.

Anyway, this position is a waste for Richardson. He is more qualified for Sec. of State, since he was a UN Ambassador under Clinton.

I am sure that these Clinton leaks are intended to push support for Clinton, so Obama is pressured to nominate her.

Clinton can be Sec. of HUD or Family Services or just go back to the Senate.

Posted by: wlockhar | November 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Think about Ron Brown as Commerce Secretary. Same deal." I hope not.

The Department was almost dismantled under Brown, due to his attempt to turn it into an outpost of the DNC. People were recommended for spots on trade missions because they made contributions. I don't think we want to return to those days at all.

Posted by: GRILLADES | November 21, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I frankly couldn't be more excited about the team of highly intelligent people the president-select is creating. With his leadership, the sky is the limit...

Posted by: amaikovich | November 21, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Most people don't understand that there are important "foreign" components to the Commerce Department. First, they have "Foreign Commercial Service Officers" in Embassies Abroad. These positions should be beefed up and this program should and could be expanded under a Commerce Secretary with real JUICE and CLOUT.

In addition to sending out trade missions, they work, along with State on security-oriented aspects of technology-transfer issues -- issues that are more and more important as nuclear proliferation gets more and more complex and as we need to deal with import security and other issues abroad.

Commerce -- international commerce -- as well as US commerce issues have fallen by the wayside under Bush, who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time -- but with a REAL Commerce Secretary -- the Department could do good work again and be relevant agian.

Posted by: rebeccajm | November 21, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

David Brooks, a moderate conservative, was gushing about great Obama's selections have been so far, and that's before the news about Geithner (which sent the Dow up 6.5% today) and Richardson.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/opinion/21brooks.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin

Posted by: squatty418 | November 21, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sooooo...people would like to see folks who have never stepped foot in Washington appointed to the cabinet? Then I hope you voted for the Palin ticket. My idea of change is getting Bush, Cheney, et al, and their policies out of Washington as fast as we can. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Posted by: baltimoremom | November 21, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

And this pathetic whinging from the left, mostly, about the lack of "change" in the appointments is already tiresome. Whom, exactly, should Obama appoint? Who are the members of his secret vanguard of boy and girl geniuses now being denied their destiny to run the federal bureaucracy? Please.

He has put in like-minded officials and politicians of skill and experience and he has done it very quickly. His cabinet is already diverse, and diverse in ways that matter to policy aims.

Posted by: wharwood | November 21, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"The major remaining Cabinet posts in the Obama Administration are the secretaries of Defense and Treasury."

I would rank Interior up there as a major remaining cabinet post, if not top tier. Interior has a huge role in climate change issues, for example ANWR, drilling & mining leases, carbon sequestration, water use. This department is in desperate need of a strong hand to quickly turn it 180 degrees from the direction it's been going the past 8 years.

Posted by: blackhorde | November 21, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"A couple of Republicans would be okay, but hopefully none who were appointed by Dubya. Paulson needs to be shown the door ASAP; he's part of the problem, not the solution."

Bob Gates is a favorite to stay on as SecDef. He was appointed by W, but both sides seem to like him.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is far the best choice for State, but Hilary and BIll remain POed about his early support for Obama, so he'll have to wait. When the first Supreme court justice position becomes available, I imagine Obama will send Hilary there and move Richardson where he belongs.

Posted by: RickH1 | November 21, 2008 3:33 PM
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Astutely observed!

Posted by: abqcleve | November 21, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

No!!! This is unbelievable. It's back to the future all over again. Let's go with some fresh faces, Mr. President. Please!

Posted by: dcdude3 | November 21, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I believe Hillary is more than capable of being successful at the SOS position, however I am a little more than worried that Bill will not able to handle not being in the limelight.

Posted by: ProgressiveAmerican | November 21, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call Richardson and Obama rivals. Recall Richardson endorsed Obama after he dropped out despite all of his connections to the Clintons.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | November 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

So of the first four appointments, there's one Latino and one woman? Not a bad start. Setting diversity aside, I'm impressed with all of President-elect's choices to date. There was a concern that he lacked experience to deal with the issues of the day, but there will be plenty of experience at his cabinet table. Obviously most Democrats who have any experience in the executive branch of government in the past quarter-century will have some connection to the Clinton administration. Almost sounds like some of the people posting here expected federal cabinet posts to be offered at a university job fair. I'm sure that Obama's choices for his cabinet will continue to demonstrate diversity, talent, and enough celebrity to get media attention for their initiatives. A couple of Republicans would be okay, but hopefully none who were appointed by Dubya. Paulson needs to be shown the door ASAP; he's part of the problem, not the solution.

Few Secretaries of State serve a full eight years. I would guess that Gov. Richardson will be groomed for the position for a future date.

Hoping for RFK Jr. as head of the EPA.

Posted by: lartfromabove | November 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Richardson is solid. He was born in Mexico"

*sigh*

Posted by: DDAWD | November 21, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call Richardson a rival of Obama's. That's a stretch. He's being rewarded for being a key supporter. And I think Richardson is more likely to be nominated for the Supreme Court than Hillary. It's time for a Hispanic on the court.

Posted by: skrut003 | November 21, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If any of you honestly think that HRC will be successful in brokering anything of real value from any Arab-heavy nation, I have a bridge to sell you.

Everyone knows that Women have ZERO respect in that part of the world... Even she isnt that dense.

Posted by: indep2 | November 21, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm certain that Mr. Obama will find a place for Richardson and I think the media's discussion of a conflict over the Clinton appointment to State was pure conjecture. Other of my views are in my blog:http://www.texasbaldeagle.blogspot.com/

Posted by: GeorgenotWinTexas | November 21, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What a perfect choice.

now he can not only hump the legs of illegals, he can kneel before them as well.

I expect total failure of our economy within the first two years of Obama taking Office based on these UNAMERICAN representatives that hold no interest in anything other than furthering the cause of illegals and those that lobby and employ them.

but of course, compared to Obama, they are centrists.... and because the media loves illegals and those who support them, this guy will get a free pass... As always.

Posted by: indep2 | November 21, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's walk down memory lane from just a couple of weeks ago... Isn't Obama the guy that said the days of the government insiders were over and that he was going to bring people in that were not Washington insiders... So much for change we can believe in welcome back to the Clinton WH

Posted by: MarkUSAF | November 21, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Assigning a spanish-speaker and cultural hispanic to DOC is a great move given our needs in regional trade and commercial issues.

Also, I'm now sick of these "sources." I think the media, espeically now the NYT, is getting close to the line with these no-name sources and "confidants' and eventually will get really burned. The papers are now in full-on tabloid mode slinging these baseless or at best grossly exagerated (see, Pritzker) rumors as news.

Posted by: wharwood | November 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If I’m a black, latino, gay women am I over qualified for BO’s cabinet?

Posted by: leapin | November 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Selecting Richardson should allay any criticism from Hispanics who voted for Obama in substantial numbers. Aside from that, Richardson is competent and qualified for a cabinet post. In fact, he would have been a smart choice for Secretary of State.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is far the best choice for State, but Hilary and BIll remain POed about his early support for Obama, so he'll have to wait. When the first Supreme court justice position becomes available, I imagine Obama will send Hilary there and move Richardson where he belongs.

Posted by: RickH1 | November 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Clinton would've been a better Secretary of State: at least he has foreign policy experience."

That should read foreign AFFAIR experience.

Posted by: leapin | November 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. At the confirmation hearings for Hillary Clinton as nominee for Secretary of State, the Republicans will want firm details about Bill Clinton's international shenanigans. All we'll get are glossy half-truths and clever evasions. They'll be bickering over semantics. "It depends on what 'contributions' means."

The Post and the rest of the media will find one of the Republican senators to label the villain for simply asking the questions, and Clinton will duck by without so much as a whistle.

Meanwhile, travel back in time about 14 months ago when Hillary Clinton was running for carpet bagger (ahem) senator from NY telling her constituents she wasn't even thinking of running for president. Now what will she tell them that their vote was worth? they got year of campaigning, now a resignination and not one, zero, nada minutes of representation. If I was a NYer, I would want to expel her from the state. Chances are she won't move back their anyways.

Posted by: thuff7 | November 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Richardson has always been in line to get a top job. But, until confidence developed that Clinton would work for State, they wanted to reserve him as the backup for that job.

Posted by: dnjake | November 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Is Tim Kaine in the mix for anything? He was an Obama guy before it was cool. A Senate seat will not be up for quite some time (at least 10 years before he would have a shot) and he is term-limited out of the governor's mansion.

I guess the complicating factor is the Lt Gov. situation (he would not want to let an R into the mansion by resigning), so maybe it is on hold until 2009/10.

Posted by: MShake | November 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton is a vindictive narcissist. Her actions during the Democratic Primary permanently sullied her in my eyes
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I disagree with your assessment.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson is the most qualified candidate for state.

Sen. Clinton is a vindictive narcissist. Her actions during the Democratic Primary permanently sullied her in my eyes.

If Obama chooses Clinton for State, it will be a major miscalculation.

Leave her in the Senate. She has accomplished nothing of note and possesses no skills which qualify her to lead our country's diplomatic efforts.

Bill Clinton would've been a better Secretary of State: at least he has foreign policy experience.

Posted by: johnnyneuron | November 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is solid. He was born in Mexico, speaks Spanish fluently, and is the governor of a border state. Sounds like Obama was a little serious when he said he wanted to renogotiate NAFTA. Or was it NAMBLA? Whatever.

Posted by: JTMoney1 | November 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

No No No
Dept of Commerce is almost defunct. They tried to get rid of it in the 90s. Richardson's savvy and global experience works better as Secretary of State.
Now I like Hillary, but not as Secretary of State. Two words----"Bill Baggage".
Countries across the pond like Richardson - he's been around. Secretary of State is the position he should be in.
Hillary could do Dept of Labor.

And my Governor----Napilotano as Dept of Homeland Security head....NO NO NO
Why? Because we have had the AZ Dept of Homeland Security for about 8 years now and she did nothing to help it. She did more as Az Attorney General (prior to her governor post) than any other holding that post. Janet should be considered for US Attorney General, Bill for Sec. of State. and Hillary for Dept. of Labor.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | November 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to echo fairfaxvoter's assessment of Richardson at Commerce; I think he would be a terrific choice. He's both likable and saavy, and he's done extremely well with economic issues and growth in his own state of New Mexico.

I've been hoping that there would be a good place for him in the Obama administration, since it looks like Clinton will get Secretary of State.

Posted by: WordieWaPo | November 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you are taking this "team of rivals" cliche too far. Richardson was as timid a rival to Obama as one could hope for in politics and had no problem signing on with him after dropping out. Obama is merely assembling a team of insiders and political hacks. Enough of the Lincoln analogies. Let's see how this man actually governs before we erect his monument.

Posted by: BDaren | November 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson for Interior secretary!!!! Richardson has a great record in New Mexico for environmental protection, especially from the onslaught of unregulated oil and gas development.

Posted by: jjedif | November 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Very simple:

Welcome back Carter!

horse-shack for State
Vinnie Barbarino at Defense

and Mr. Carter at POTUS - aka peanut brain.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama should hire the best qualified person for the job. And we are in trouble if he can't tell a garden snake from a rattle snake.

Posted by: mbaker1 | November 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

When I hear people complain that Obama's appointments do not adequately demonstrate "change" - I have to ask what the heck were they expecting?

Obama could achieve nothing after January 20th and his election, his campaign and the way this country feels about its president would have created sufficient change for 10 presidential terms.

And that's not to say I think he won't achieve anything. I know people have said "expectations are high". I disagree. After 8 years of Bush-Cheney, I think our expectations are pretty low.

I am still very much looking forward to seeing what this president can accomplish. His appointments have not disappointed me. They show an open mindedness in thinking about roles and people that is welcome and fresh.

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | November 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Ok, if this is a team of rivals, where's Dennis Kucinich?

Kinda kidding, but seriously, if there's supposedly all this "balancing" going on, where's the representation for the left? Looks to me like a bunch of Clinton moderates and a token Republican or two. Fine, they have experience, but shouldn't there be at least one truly liberal voice? Is that supposed to be Obama himself? (Even though he clearly has all these centrist instincts?)

I want to give O the benefit of the doubt, and it is results that are important rather than appointments, but this definitely has me a little bugged.

Posted by: Jenny6 | November 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"@DwightCollins
I'll take the bait....
What do you mean by "...richardson, a so called latino..."?
Are you actually saying he is not a Latino? Is his birth certificate being hidden away also?
Posted by: KansasDem | November 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse"

being a latino, I'm just saying he acts more like a white man than a latino...

siendo un latino, estoy diciendo que el se porta mas como un hombre balnco que un latino...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Richardson has ZERO chance to be selected by Obama for Sec of State simply because Biden has something to say about this position. I am sure you do not want to see ANGRY Biden before taking office.

I thought Dr. Laura Tyson was offered Commerce Secretary; she wants to wait until Treasury selection.

If Gates temporary deal falters, Donna Shalala is also a top contender for Defense, assuming Clinton wants to stay in Senate.

Back to Richardson again, my prediction is he will get Homeland Security job, not Arizona Governor.

Posted by: kat7 | November 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@DwightCollins

I'll take the bait....

What do you mean by "...richardson, a so called latino..."?

Are you actually saying he is not a Latino? Is his birth certificate being hidden away also?

Posted by: KansasDem | November 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

> Maybe Obama wants somebody who speaks Mexican (as well as Canadian) to overhaul NAFTA. How is Richardson on Free Trade?

Of course, I meant "Fair Trade".

-db

Posted by: Daveyboy1 | November 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama wants somebody who speaks Mexican (as well as Canadian) to overhaul NAFTA. How is Richardson on Free Trade? This is something the US needs for Obama's top three stated priorities (jobs, jobs, jobs). I agree he could also play a big role in making commerce greener.

But I also agree he would make a decent Sec of State.

Posted by: Daveyboy1 | November 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Fairfax Voter. BR's governing of NM has been a booster's dream of commerce and growth. BR will not be buried at Commerce and he will still be available for the kinds of "negotiations" with "bad guys" that made his rep.


Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I think this would be a fantastic choice. Think about Ron Brown as Commerce Secretary. Same deal. What you want here is the ultimate salesman for Brand USA, something who really gets business, economic growth, and the value of trade to our economy. (Look at his record in New Mexico, which is great. They have even opened a spaceport!) A people person, a glad hander, a likeable guy but one with lots of experience in tough negotiations. Look this position up in the dictionary and I would love to see Bill Richardson's photo next to it. Up until now I have been worried about Bill Richardson getting appropriate recognition. Now I look at this as us, the United States, getting something special. Great idea.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the Team of Rivals all agree that we are in a serious recession and that our reputation and standing around the world has taken a beating over the last 5 years.

That they are all putting aside their egos to restore American jobs and our alliances shows the true strength of Obama, Clinton, Biden, and Richardson. (Edwards would probably be in there too if he hadn't lost the plot.)

Having said that, McCain was on board for Bush I and the first round of finance industry bailouts (S&L, Keating) and he's a major player in this second round of finance industry shenanigans and bailouts. His only saving grace is that he admits that though he chaired the commerce committee in the senate that he is clueless on the economy. The Bush people, on the other hand, knowingly screwed up our economy, for the second time in 20 years.

I can't wait until Americans are healthy and educated enough to understand how deep and dark the con of the Republicans - Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big War, eyc. - has been. Ever since the Grant Administration they've been a bunch of thieves. Only back then their lobbyists gave them their payoffs in dark alleys. These days Charlie Black, Rick Davis et al cry freemarkets while they game the system, all the while making millions and enjoying $500 dinners while peddling influence.

One day people will understand what has happened. And, boy, will they be upset with you Republicans.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 21, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AZ_AF_VET | November 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Team of Rivals? Don't they all agree on pretty much everything?
________________________________________

That the PAST 8yrs have been an unmitigated disaster of diabolic proportions?

Absolute Consensus.

Posted by: MarkAntney | November 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Commerce would be a waste of Richardson. If not Sec State then Sec Energy...which is one of the great priorities and where he has already done the job. Too bad he would have made a great Sec State given his negotiating experience.

Posted by: steve20082008 | November 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

this is obama pardoning the turkey...
richardson, a so called latino, I have doubts about that, is getting scraps, that I am sure off...
do the latinos that voted for obama think they will be getting more from obama, I don't think so...
he got what he wanted by getting your vote, now he will do what he wants to do, regardless of who gets hurt...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 21, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I concur with the whole Richardson for State sentiment. The guy has been involved in actual diplomacy. Clinton is known around the world, but that's hardly a qualification. She has never conducted official business with them.

Then again, let's see where the Clinton thing goes. She has yet to make a decision.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 21, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you who criticize the incoming Obama administration really want Washington outsiders taking the reigns of a country with as many problems facing them as Bush is leaving? I don't I want people with governmental experience especially at the Presidential level on day one. Outsiders can work as assistants until they become ready for a leadership position. I think Obama is doing a great job of selecting. We need to improve our position in the World and Hillary has been well received all over the globe. Daschel is a get things done kind of guy and with his experience in the Senate he can get the Universal Health Care through the Congress. Napolitano is my Governor and is very well organized and knows the Immigration problems. She was the first to call for National Guard troops along the border. In essence what I'm saying is if you are feverous, hemmorrhaging, and with broken limbs would you want Medical Interns treating you? Not me.

Posted by: AZ_AF_VET | November 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Team of Rivals? Don't they all agree on pretty much everything?

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | November 21, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I would not agree that Commerce is a third tier post, though it is admittedly not first tier. From there, Richardson could play a lead in trade negotiations. In addition, the Levin-Bond auto industry bailout bill makes Commerce the lead agency in providing loads to the auto companies. If Richardson leads it, Commerce's role will grow in this administration.

Posted by: wmw4 | November 21, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement would take the recruiting momentum away from Al Qaeda.

And because of the hardcore irrational political actors and factions over there (remember Rabin), it'll take every ounce of both Clintons' intelligence, power, tenacity, charm and guile to get it done.

Not only is that agreement the big political prize or 'get', it is also the most vital for our national security interests.

Sorry Gov Richardson, at this point in time, State is a job for Hillary, with Bill as a special envoy.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 21, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs Hillary Clinton if he is going to be dealing with the Middle East - she can be his "cover" for Israel, since he is (wrongly, of course) seen as pro-palestinian. Richardson should be an ambassador to an important ally - say UK

Posted by: techexecsdc | November 21, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I have long felt that Gov.Richardson should be Secretary of State. He knows the leaders of the Arab states and had a plan through which he would get these leaders to collectively put together a Muslim peace keeping force to replace our occupying army which would get us off most of the hook and make everyone in the middle east much relieved and happy that there are no longer infidels occupying Islamic lands..that would be a good short term fix..but the only way to completely calm the Middle East is to build a new nation called Palestine..the United States should lead the developed world including Israel in financing a 21st century infrastructure with help from the nations of the world in banking, education, communications, commerce etc..let's face it they were thrown out of their homes and put in camps behind barbed wire..we treated nations that made war with us like Germany and Japan we helped them rebuild their nations. This would save a lot of death and destruction and turmoil with the people of Islam.. Robertdacosta

Posted by: ahansa | November 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure commerce is such a do nothing job when it's so interconnected with the economy, and the global economy at that. It seems to me that commerce could play an important role in:
a) negoitating around global climate issues
b) negotiating around global trade issues
c) spearheading the green economy -manufacturing sector

Although I thought a transportation/ infrastructure jobs bill would need to be overseen by Labor or Transportation, it's possible that with the interstate commerce aspect, Commerce could also be involved with that.

Anywhere Richardson goes, there must be a role for diplomacy and negotiation or we are not utilizing his skills to their best potential.

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | November 21, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

As a multiple Noble Peace Prize nominee, Gov. Richardson will be our next Secreatary of State...You don't get it. Michelle WILL NOT let HRC near the 'Cabinets'. Period. Still waiting for behind the scene transition photos from WP to make sure there wasn't another Clinton Cabal! Where's Obama? Where's Joe?

Posted by: lockmallup | November 21, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris, this "Team of Rivals" meme is getting old... has gotten old... IS old!

Please send it out to pasture now.

DKG's book isn't paying you royalties, so please stop dishing the adverts. The meme has become very annoying as of today, IMHO. You seem to be using it as filler to achieve your "column inches" (or whatever metric blogs go by now that cast print is dead).

Posted by: bricedue | November 21, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is HRC waivering.... seems like a no brainer. With a chance to mediate peace in the middle east, she immediately becomes a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. You know Bubba must be trying hard to get it too with his Foundation and all, and especially since former buddy Al got it.
TO HRC: you will have a shot at getting the Nobel Peace Prize... AND the money will help pay off you debt
So accept the offer and tell your subordinates to SHUT-UP.


Posted by: AB68 | November 21, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Like a bad penny, the Clintons keep coming back. And some Media Political analysts seem to think that all these prospective Appointments by Obama extending the Clinton Administration to a third term are a combination of Lincolnesque benevolence and Machiavellian shrewdness. But, you know what? Machiavelli was not elected on a platform for change platform. Time will tell whether this "more of the same thing" works for Obama. I find it very risky and at the same time depressing if indeed all we have available to pull out of this crisis are the same re-treads. Is that all there is? In a population of 300 million?

Posted by: lionelroger | November 21, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is too talented, experieced, and savvy a guy to waste in a dead-end job like Commerce--a position that hasn't been of much significance in Washington since Herbert Hoover used it to tout the "New Era" of the 1920s.

He would be great as Secretary of State, but I suppose giving the Clintons their due (and keeping them from making mischief) is the higher priority.

My 2-cents' worth suggestions (does anybody but us bloggers ever read this stuff): Put Richardson in charge of the
EPA, and at the same time announce that that agency (which already has cabinet status) is going to be upgraded to the Department of Environmental and Climate Protection (or whatever). In that capacity, Richardson could be charged with--among other tasks--negotiating with foreign governments over whatever is going to be the successor to the Kyoto Accords. There is no higher priority for this country than starting to get it right on climate-change issues, and doing that can only be accomplished on a global scale.

Richardson could do a great job there.

Posted by: jm917 | November 21, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is a better pick for Secretary of State than Hillary and Bill Clinton. She should stay in the Senate and he should be given the Ambassadorship to San Marino or Monaco or some obscure Asian kingdom.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 21, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Liberal talk show host rush Limbaugh thinks?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

one partisan hack asks
"So How Do You Define 'The Same Washington Players'?"

Conservative columnist David Brooks writes:
"[A]s much as I want to resent these overeducated Achievatrons ... I find myself tremendously impressed by the Obama transition... [T]hey are picking Washington insiders. Or to be more precise, they are picking the best of the Washington insiders."

"The events of the past two weeks should be reassuring to anybody who feared that Obama would veer to the left or would suffer self-inflicted wounds because of his inexperience. He’s off to a start that nearly justifies the hype."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/opinion/21brooks.html?em

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 21, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there something even less important than Commerce where he can be hidden away?

Posted by: idiparker | November 21, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Come on now WAPO stop trying to ram that
LOSER Screw Up Democrat Bill Richardson
down our throats on us!!! ..Stop being the
Official Marxist/Socialist Mouth Organ for
Comrade Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and
his pathetic nominees for a village idiot
Comrade Fellow Democrat Losers and Has Been
Screw Balls like that idiot Richardson,and
go back to doing your real job of reporting
the news and serving as a Watchdog of
our corruption ridden Government again.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 21, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

RICHARDSON AS SECRETARY OF STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ELReinhard | November 21, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Please let Hillary be mayor of Dog Hollow, Alabama and put Richardson as Secretary of State.

Posted by: WriteStuff | November 21, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Give him State, show Bill and Hillary the door.

Posted by: nuke41 | November 21, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Commerce was originally rumored to be going to Penny Pritzker....

?????

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | November 21, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

So How Do You Define 'The Same Washington Players'?

Barack Obama, December 27, 2007: "The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result."

Vice President Biden: First elected to Washington office in 1972.

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Worked on his first congressional campaign in 1980; first presidential campaign in 1984; moved to Washington in 1993. Worked as Clinton staffer for five years; went to the board of Freddie Mac; elected to Congress in 2002.

Expected Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton: First came to Washington in 1993. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano: Anita Hill's attorney during the 1991 hearings; Clinton appointee to be U.S. Attorney in Arizona in 1993.

Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle: First elected to Washington office in 1978.

Attorney General nominee Eric Holder: first began working at the Department of Justice in Washington in 1976.

Boy, good thing this administration isn't full of the "same Washington players."

UPDATE: Two more:

Greg Craig, the incoming White House counsel, began his career at a Washington law firm and started his career inside the Beltway as an aide to Ted Kennedy in 1984.

Peter Orszag, the incoming head of the Office of Management and Budget, worked on Bill Clinton's National Economic Council starting in 1997 and went on to work at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office. He is the "fresh face" among the named staffers so far in the sense that he has only been in Washington for about 11 years.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 21, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Commerce might not be as minor a position as some people believe. Along with Treasury, considering the current economic situation and the difficulties this country is facing, they may be more closely aligned, and along with State and Defense, change the "big three" to a "big four".

Alternatively, Governor Richardson could have become the Secretary of Homeland Security and try to bring some semblence of order to such a massive organization. Or, perhaps better, to oversee the elimination of Homeland Security as a Department, eliminating the bureaucracy and additional costs of the Department, reintrograting functions and offices/entities into other entitites already established, and then work on making their interagency cooperation a better reality.

Or... perhaps Governor Richardson could become Director of National Intelligence, bringing together a functional staff and providing clear oversight of the intelligence communities.

Posted by: Dungarees | November 21, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Would like to see him at State but this works. More importantly, Obama needs to find a position for him and get him on board officially and publicly. Richardson stuck his neck out for Obama big time and the appearance that he is being left swinging in the wind is not good at all.

Posted by: wsblount | November 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

State would be a better fit. The guy has incredible diplomatic skills. Anyone that can deal with the North Koreans has my vote.

Posted by: jalgeo | November 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Since I heard this morning that Latinos are perplexed, dismayed and somewhat frustrated that Obama had not named one of their own for any cabinet post, I hope they now feel vindicated. I suppose everyone feels Obama should name each cabinet position each and every day, while forgetting that he hasn't even taken office yet, and he can only do so much at any given time. It takes consideration of prospects and decision for anyone to accomplish as much as Obam has done thus far, and considering the fact that he has just been elected, it would behoove people to understand that he can't perform miracles and have everything accomplished immediately. Give him some time and have patience. Just a few days is not enough time for all the decisions he must consider and make prior to his selections.

I hope that Richardson would be comfortable in the position of Sec of Commerce and that he would take it if offered.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | November 21, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and perhaps he can help push a "Green" commerce agenda - if we can build green technologies other countries want to buy, wouldn't that be a good thing...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 21, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, indeed.

Not sure how I feel about this, but perhaps a good thing. While I would have liked to see him at State, perhaps Commerce works, too.

Because with a global economy, perhaps he can do some good negotiating with other countries.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 21, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Boo. Commerce is a do-nothing, third tier job. There's got a be a better place for him than that.

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 21, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is a likable, competent executive and diplomat. I wish him well, he will be an asset.

Posted by: george22_1999 | November 21, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Interesting

Posted by: Obama2008 | November 21, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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