Sunday, November 30, 2008

Forecasting No. 44's Cabinet

Predict Members of the Cabinet nominated by the 44th President of the United States.

It's time for another pundit-of-the-month contest.

Here are the rules.

43 comments:

GetaLife-ReadUrNews said...

I'll go first:

Bill Richardson
Chuck Hagel
Janet Napolitano
Lee Hamilton
Anthony Zinni
Kathleen Sebelius
Howard Dean
Tom Daschle
Max Cleland
Lincoln Chafee
Olympia Snowe


Forget the others. I can win with these. I won before, didn't I?

Boris said...

I shouldn't do this when I'm drunk as a skunk, but here goes:

Richard Lugar
Robert Gates,
Chuck Hagel
Richard Clarke
Colin Powell
Jim Leach
Hillary Clinton
Bill Richardson
Max Cleland
Lincoln Chafee

Messenger said...

Thanks for these entries. I acknowledge receiving an emailed slate from Soros Proxy.

Mariamariacuchita said...

Good idea, this made me think past this crazy election!

State - Bill Richardson
Defense - Robert Gates or Chuck Hagel
Attorney General - Hillary Clinton or Patrick Fitzgerald
Treasury - Paul Volcker or Timothy Geithner
Director of National Security - Lee Feinstein
President's Chief-of-Staff - Bill Burton or Tom Daschle
Ambassador to the United Nations- Susan Rice
Homeland Security - Richard Clarke
Environmental Protection Agency- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Energy- Al Gore
Veterans Affairs - Colin Powell
Labor- Brian Moore
Interior Brian Schweitzer
Commerce- Warren Buffett
Transportation- Ralph Nader
Housing and Urban Development-Michael Bloomberg
Health and Human Services - Elizabeth Edwards
Education- Daughter of Ann Richards. Cecile Richards
Agriculture- Sen. Tom Harkin

OTHER:
Technology and Innovation (a new Cabinet Position)- Steve Jobs
Secretary of Peace- (a new Cabinet Position) Dennis Kucinich
Supreme Court- Hillary Clinton

Vigilante said...

GR8 Contest! I'll submit mine by email after I study up! Don't want Maria to benefit from my wisdom and change her picks. (Which actually look like pretty smart ones!)

Blogging4Food said...

Bill Clinton *** Hillary Clinton *** Chuck Hagel *** Richard Clarke *** Tom Vilsack *** Kathleen Sebelius *** Arnold Schwarzenegger *** Jesse Jackson, Jr *** Dick Gephardt *** Max Cleland

Anvendelig said...

State: Bill Richardson
Treasury: Sheila Bair
Defense: Chuck Hagel,
Attorney General: Janet Napolitano
Homeland Security: Lee Hamilton,
National Security: Anthony Zinni
Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
Commerce: Kathleen Sebelius
Education: George Miller
Energy: Brian Schweitzer
HHS: Howard Dean,
HUD: Shaun Donovan,
Interior: Lincoln Chafee
Labor: David Bonior
Transportation: James Oberstar
VA: Chet Edwards
UN Secretary: Susan Rice,
EPA: Kathleen McGinty,
Chief of Staff: Tom Daschle

Petrosexual said...

Phil Gramm, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, Joe Lieberman, Mitt Romney, Paul Vallis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Mukasey, Olympia Snowe, Jeb Bush, Bill Frist, and Bob Dole.

Vigilante said...

Forget it, Food Blogger, Arnold the Terminator won't make the bi-partisan cut. He fooking campaigned for McCain this week. But Maria Shriver would be interesting bet...

Messenger said...

Good shot, Petro-S. It's a long shot, but you definitely have right field all to yourself, at this point. If the ball is hit in your direction Tuesday, you're definitely positioned to clean up!

Yellow Dog said...

Too bad Obama can't draft Lieberman into some spot in the cabinet where he can do the least harm. Anything to get him out of the Senate where he does a lot of harm.

DB Cooper said...

Petro, why not bring Rumsfeld back?

Mariamariacuchita said...

Obama has mentioned having bipartisan picks...so that includes some Repubs.

Although, (HAHA!!) Shwartzenegger's recent comments about needing to "pump up" Obama's skinny arms may not endear him to Barack.

Vigilante said...

Subject to last minute editing, I just wanted to make sure I had something on the board:

Bill Richardson,
Chuck Hagel
Kathleen Sebelius
Brian Schweitzer
Howard Dean
Rahm Emmanuel
Wes Clark
Larry Korb
Janet Napolitano
Tom Vilsack
Tom Daschle,
Harold Ford Jr
Lee Hamilton
Samantha Power
Tammy Duckworth
Kathleen McGinty
Bill Clinton
Susan Rice,
Linda Chavez-Thompson

Soros' Proxy said...

Rahm Emanuel,
Tom Daschle,
Janet Napolitano
Eric Holder -
Dick Lugar,
Dick Holbrooke
Greg Craig,
Paul Volcker
Richard Danzig,
Secretary Of Energy
Dan Reicher
Jason Grument
Steve Westly
Joel Klein
Caroline Kennedy
Deval Patrick
Tim Geithner
Larry Summers
Robert Sussman

Messenger said...

Deadline, tonight, midnight.

Messenger said...

No nominations remain in my email. All input to this contest is frozen. By 30 Nov we should have the winner.

Vigilante said...

Oh, how did I miss this? Colin Powell: Secretary Of Education? A natural!

an average patriot said...

Well you guys got it covered! I did hear yesterday in my limited access that Kerry was lobbying hard. We have a real leader and promise here. Let us just hope the best of the best in the Republican party in Obama's eyes cooperate and do the right thing for the country and join Obama!

Messenger said...

Right-on Patriot!

Vigilante, I don't think Powell could afford working at a government job anymore. He's doing quite well on his own.

Anvendelig said...

Messenger, you have started something, here. But you have not tended your garden. I think it's incumbent that you maintain a running score among the contestants as appointments are made.

Vigilante said...

HRC for State Dept? I'd call that putting the varsity on the field!

Vigilante said...

Shit, I picked the wrong Clinton. Can I have a re-do?

Vigilante said...

Eric Holder for AG?

an average patriot said...

vigilante
Hopefully Obama's team does a good job vetting as long as Holder has no skeletons in his closet he is a good choice!

Messenger said...

Standings:

Soros's Proxy : 10 points
Vigilante: 5
Maria Maria: 1
Anvendelig: 1
GetaLife: 1

Vigilante said...

I want my points for Janet Napolitano! Now!

Messenger said...

You'll have to wait until tonight.

Messenger said...

Assuming current leaks and rumors are not contradicted, here are the current standings:

1 Soros' Proxy 18
2 Maria Maria 13
3 Vigil 10
4 Boris 7
5 GetaLife-ReadUrNews 6
6 Anvendelig 6
7 Blogging4Food 5

See Rules for current scoring.

GetaLife-ReadUrNews said...

Protest! You never said you were going to actually score this!

Soros' Proxy said...

I am the presumptive nominee!

Messenger said...

Testing 123

Boris said...

Call for a recount, guys?

Vigilante said...

Suggestion for December's contest.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I'd like to see Colin Powell at Education. He would be a tireless advocate, I believe. He'd also not necessarily be a rubber stamp for the teacher's unions (a good thing, in my opinion).

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I saw somebody mention Larry Korb, too. Absolutely!

Vigilante said...

Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense for Ronald Reagan and a fellow at the Center for American Progress, says we can save $55 billion a year simply by getting rid of a handful of Cold War-era weapons we don't need anymore. Take, for example, our F/A-22 fighter jet program, designed in the 1980s to fight a conventional ground war in Europe: We're in the process of expanding that fleet to 183 jets to the tune of $65 billion, when we should be scrapping it. Or how about the $12 billion National Missile Defense program (Ronald Reagan's infamous Star Wars fantasy reincarnated)? Given its track record for failure, Mr. Korb suggests shaving $8 billion from it. His report is endorsed by a panel of big guns, including former CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner and Ambassador Ralph Earle II, former director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.Mr. Obama has inspired millions with eloquent rhetoric about the politics of the possible. But during his seemingly endless campaign against Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain, he did not so much as hint that the military would feel the edge of the budget ax. True, military cuts would not be politically popular. But neither would deep cuts in social spending.

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Messenger said...

Soros' Proxy is the winner: Pundit for the Month of December!

Messenger said...

FINALS:

Order Contestant Score
1 Maria Maria 21
2 Soros' Proxy 18
3 Vigil 13
4 Boris 12
5 Anvendelig 9
6 GettaLife-ReadUrNews 6
7 Blogging4Food 5

Messenger said...

A recount shows that Mariamariacuchita of MariaKnows & Swiftspeech is the winner for November!

Soros' Proxy said...

I wasn't going to say anything.... LOL. A Republican thug lost it for me. But no sore grapes! I'll blame it on chads. Congratz Maria!

Mariamariacuchita said...

Wow. Thanks! Must have been guessing in the right direction that day! I'm stunned.

Vigilante said...

Soro's grapes are not sore but they are sour, you can count on that, Maria!