Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

I have been an advocate of Richardson, for Secretary of State - for quite some time. But given the economic situation - is Bill actually better suited for Secretary of Commerce?

What do you think?

Tags: Bill Richardson, cabinet, commerce, obama (all tags)

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19 Comments

by bobswern 2008-11-21 10:39AM | 0 recs
I don't think so

Does he have any relevant expertise in economics and finance?  I'm not aware of any.  

by JJE 2008-11-21 10:39AM | 0 recs
Ooops my fault

I thought we were talking about treasury.  Commerce is ok.  It seems mostly bureaucratic management rather than specialized expertise.

by JJE 2008-11-21 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Ooops my fault

I really don't get it, to tell the truth. Bill is a good guy , he can handle international negotiations quite well... nevertheless, I can also see where Commerce might be important in these next few years. :-)

by Trey Rentz 2008-11-21 10:57AM | 0 recs
It is funny! Richardson is a supporter of free

trade. Is Presiden Obama sending a signal???

by Joshuagen 2008-11-21 11:19AM | 0 recs
And Paulson's running Treasury...

...and exactly where's that taken all of us?

by bobswern 2008-11-21 10:42AM | 0 recs
Commerce Sec.?

Norman Mineta used to be Sec. of Commerce.
Bill would be the second Richardson to take the post (no relationship?)

The mission of the Dept. is to to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce

And he would have power over NOAA ... hmm... :-/

by Trey Rentz 2008-11-21 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

This is not a diary. It's more of an open thread comment. Please refrain from posting such two-line questions and comments as diaries in the future, as it bumps actual commentary off the visible front-page list of diaries. Now, a couple paragrpahs on why you think Richardson would be a good SecCommerce, that's a diary.

by Nathan Empsall 2008-11-21 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

Seems to me Commerce might be a step down from Governor...

by Nathan Empsall 2008-11-21 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

Reports say he is not happy that he did not get State given his endorsement of Obama.

by RJEvans 2008-11-21 11:14AM | 0 recs
Judas has been shown

that treachery does not work.

by Lakrosse 2008-11-21 08:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

I think Richardson will be fine at Commerce, and would have been fine at State. It's not a bad place for wheeler-dealers and negotiators. The Commerce department has the most room for patronage appointments, which could be handy if he wants to curry favor among Democratic politicos. It is not the most critical post but it is a cabinet position.

Curious that there was so much outrage about women's groups advocating for more women in Obama's admin, but nary a complaint about Hispanic groups advocacy for the same.

by souvarine 2008-11-21 11:24AM | 0 recs
that's the last place I want to see him

I would be perfectly happy with him at State, Transportation or Interior, but Richardson is a corporate Democrat, and I would prefer not to see him in an economic role.

by desmoinesdem 2008-11-21 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

That's a disappointment (for me, anyway). At best, this seems a lateral move for a former Energy Secretary and current governor.

I guess after State, there's just not that many prize jobs if you want to work in the Obama administration. I guess he liked this better than a possible Senate run or something once his governership ends.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-11-21 12:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

I'm glad he's on the team, but it does seem an odd fit. Perhaps this is a way to give him an official title that frees him up to work on a little bit of everything. A new energy policy would involve commerce, immigration can involve commerce, even negotiations with Iran would revolve around economic carrots, that'd involve commerce.

Compared with the prior rumored pick, it's much better. If commerce is a do-nothing position usually given as a reward to financial supporters, maybe it can be used more effectively as a jack-of-all-trades role that brings someone to the table on anything.

Or maybe not. But I'd like to think so. Besides, I doubt Hillary would take two terms as SoS, and he'd be next in line.

by vcalzone 2008-11-21 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

Well, that's kind of the problem...I don't see him having much of an opportunity to freelance; he'll be walled in by other capable and willful people. Major energy issues would be handled by the Energy Secretary (his old gig). Real foreign-policy issues will be handled by Hillary and Biden.

My only guess is that it's a sign of Obama's commitment to building a "green economy" of renewable-resource jobs and manufacturing. That was one of Richardson's big issues, especially as an Obama surrogate, so perhaps they're putting him in charge to sell that idea to foreign businesses and leaders.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-11-21 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

That's a good point--and he may be in charge of selling the "green economy" to American business eladers, as well.

In fact, maybe the beginning of his "green economy" role would be taking charge of the auto bailout; I can imagine Richardson as Commerce Secretary and "car czar" (though I hate the czar title), negotiating with the Big Three, getting them to restructure and to retool in ways that are not only more efficient but more green.

by slvn 2008-11-22 03:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

he could be effective here, and not having him in an administration in some capacity would be bad news in that Richardson is a semi-prominent latino

by Lakrosse 2008-11-21 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

Bill Richardson is incompetent...and seems to only use his HALF latino background as a means to progress his political career. New Mexico can 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, and 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 all his skeletons from this "extra-curricular" activities.)

by sofia100 2008-11-25 10:49AM | 0 recs

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