The more chairs, the more people who can play
Posted by aogSunday, 31 August 2008 at 23:12 TrackBack Ping URL

One of the better commentors over at Just One Minute made the suggestion that Senator McCain announce some of his cabinet picks in advance in the context of speculation on the VP selection. I can see the attraction of it, but I suspect that the practicalities of modern politics prevents it, in that McCain would no longer be able to dangle such positions in front of people as a motivation, either for themselves or (more likely) for their favored guru. Not only is the announced position out, but the fewer that are left the less plausible getting one becomes.

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cjm Monday, 01 September 2008 at 12:20

i think naming one cabinet position might be beneficial. maybe name some reasonable democrat (if such a creature exists still). lieberman is about one step from being booted from the dem caucus so he isn’t the one to choose.

Harry Eagar Wednesday, 03 September 2008 at 14:14

Ha ha ha.

Name one Democrat who has EVER been named to a Republican’s cabinet.

I think it did happen once in the 20th c.

Democratic presidents have done so several times.

That said, the idea of announcing Cabinet candidates ahead of time seems harmless and even helpful. I recall that it was widely known that Carter would name Brezinski (ancient history, I’ve forgotten how to spell his name), and that gave people an additional reason to vote for or against him.

In 1980, I was working for a paper that endorsed Anderson, which irritated me no end because, although Anderson did issue a long campaign book late in the campaign, we had no idea who would have filled an Anderson administration.

The Other Brother Wednesday, 03 September 2008 at 14:57

Norm Mineta

Gronker Wednesday, 03 September 2008 at 17:41

Name one Democrat who has EVER been named to a Republican’s cabinet.

How about 4. Bush with Mineta. Nixon had John Connally at Treasury. Eisenhower appointed two different dems to be Sec. of Labor, Durkin and Mitchell. A quick search found 4 reps in dem cabinets (two secretaries of war/defense interestingly). Gee, that looks like 4 for each.

Another well researched point by our resident “journalist”. Dude, you really ought to find a different line of work. You sorta suck at this.

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