What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Disclaimer: I am not a Clinton supporter. This diary is not in support of Hillary Clinton, nor in opposition to Hillary Clinton. In my mind, Hillary, Obama, and Edwards all have a pretty good shot at being president. The reason I am writing about Hillary's cabinet is that she has more well-established connections than the other two, which makes it easier to speculate who might be in her cabinet. Plus, the Hillary contingent here on MyDD has been pretty vociferous lately, and I am somewhat more interested in who her supporters think she will nominate than her critics, although I am interested in their opinion too. So, take this diary at face value - a genuine, unbiased interest in speculating what our next cabinet could look like if Hillary wins the nomination and general election.

Who do you think will be in Hillary's cabinet? My guesses below the fold.

VP: Evan Bayh
Secretary of State: Richard Holbrooke
Treasury: Gene Sperling
Defense: Diane Feinstein
Atty General: Janet Napolitano
Interior: Tom Vilsack
Agriculture: Ron Sparks
Labor: Richard Gephardt
Commerce: Charlene Barshefsky
Energy: Hilda Solis
Transportation: Ed Rendell
Education: Bob Miller
Veteran's Affairs: Johnnie Wilson
Health and Human Services: Tammy Baldwin
HUD: Ron Dellums
Homeland Security: Bob Kerrey
Chief of Staff: Terry McAuliffe
Trade Rep: George Munoz
EPA: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Director of National Intelligence: Robert Menendez
OMB: Joe Andrew
Drug Czar: Tom Siebel
National Security Advisor: Jane Harnan
Ambassador to the UN: Joe Wilson

Just some vague guesses. What do you think?

Tags: cabinet, Hillary Clinton (all tags)

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30 Comments

not bad guesses

I am thinking Richards and Biden have a good shot at being asked to serve in some way.
I do not think Jane Harman will be asked, she is too  conservative and has made too many mistakes.

I won't really speculate other than that because I don't think it is useful.  It will be what it is and most people really have no clue about how one candidate or the other thinks.

by MollieBradford 2007-12-27 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Rendell will most likely remain as governor, simply because no one in PA wants Catherine Baker Knoll to take his place.

by Namtrix 2007-12-27 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Rendell has actually hinted that he would be interested in being Secretary of Transportation. Also, he said the 2006 election would be his last.

by X Stryker 2007-12-27 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

He probably would have a place in a future administration, but I don't think he would serve until his term as governor was completed.

by Namtrix 2007-12-27 11:19AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

That's actually what he's said.  Basically, he'd love to be involvled after his term expires, but that he won't take any position till 2010.  Which is good, b/c the LG really isn't up to the job.  

by HSTruman 2007-12-27 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

I assume it will be made of wood and will have two doors, perhaps with shelving.

by DrFrankLives 2007-12-27 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

You have too many Gov. and Sen. in her administration.

Feinstein will not take charge and neither will Napolitano. As for Kerrey, it is probable that he might be Pentagon Chief. That is a good guess.

Ed Rendell and Robert Menendez will not. Menendez has had a dream to be a Senator and that is in tact while Rendell loves the job of PA Gov and would not give it up for a Cabinet position. However, he might be a choose in 2012 after Hillary's re-election (this is getting too future.. but whatever)

by American1989 2007-12-27 11:10AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

I agree, too many senators and governors on the list. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about University Presidents (often a popular source for cabinet officials).

by X Stryker 2007-12-27 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

What about General Wesley Clark.

by nkpolitics 2007-12-27 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

My bad. I meant to get Clark in there somewhere, but I got wrapped up in insuring gender/racial balance. Let's dump Jane Harnan as National Security Advisor and put in Wes Clark (unless that position is subject to the same rule as Sec of Defense - must be 10 years out of the military.

by X Stryker 2007-12-27 11:45AM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Richard Holbrooke will definitely be Secretary of State in a Clinton Administration. He is already advising her on foreign policy, so there is no doubt he will be Sec. State. Tom Vilsack will also be in her Administration. It could be Agriculture, Energy or Interior. I'm more inclined to go with Agriculture than Interior.

The rest I'm unsure about.

McAuliffe could definitely be Chief of Staff, but so could Gephardt and even Solis-Doyle, but I think she could be up for Counselor to the President, or Deputy Chief of Staff or Chairman of the DNC.

As for her VP? The most likely is Bayh, but I would not count out Clark or any Governor.

by RJEvans 2007-12-27 11:35AM | 0 recs
Elliot Spitzer for AG??

by the mollusk 2007-12-27 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Elliot Spitzer for AG??

God no. He is my Governor, but I don't want him in any cabinet and I hope Bloomberg runs and outs him in 2010.

by RJEvans 2007-12-27 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Elliot Spitzer for AG??

Interesting.  Can you elaborate on that at all?  I don't know that much about him but he struck me as a very effective State AG.

by the mollusk 2007-12-27 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?
Everthing looks pretty good except:
a. I don't see Feinstein as Secretary of Defense.  Perhaps Biden?
b. Wes Clarke has to be in there somewhere (perhaps even as VP)
by markjay 2007-12-27 11:55AM | 0 recs
AG

AG under a second Clinton administration is a tough one to guess at.  Wouldn't surprise me if she placed someone like Ellana Kagan (Dean of Harvard Law) there in the hopes of setting her up for a S Crt seat down the road.  Maybe Harold Koh, the Dean of Yale law school.  If a white guy is an acceptable choice, and if he'd take it, I suspect Seth Waxman (form Solicitor General)would be a slam dunk choice.    

by HSTruman 2007-12-27 12:04PM | 0 recs
Dennis Archer is More Qualified...

...than anyone prominent in public life to be Attorney General, IMO.  It may even be a step down for Archer as he is already exceptionally qualified to be on U.S. Supreme Court

by Grand Poobah 2007-12-27 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Dennis Archer is More Qualified...

I'm a huge fan of Dennis Archer and would love to see him placed as highly as possible.

by Steve M 2007-12-27 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Dennis Archer is More Qualified...

Doesn't he have some political liabilities from his time as mayor of Detroit?  I thought he was almost recalled at one point...

Not saying that would be a bad choice mind you.  I don't know much about the guy's legal credentials.  If you were going to make a ground breaking choice that would engender some controversy, Christopher Edley -- the dean at Bolt Hall -- would also be an interesting choice.  I'm not sure he could get confirmed, however.

Anyway, interesting topic to think about.  

by HSTruman 2007-12-27 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Dennis Archer is More Qualified...

It's basically just local politics.  Archer was a man of integrity who never got along with the cronies of his corrupt predecessor, Coleman Young.  It was Young's loyalists who opposed Archer throughout his tenure and tried to recall him.  It's a classic case of making the right enemies.

by Steve M 2007-12-27 01:02PM | 0 recs
Legal Credentials

Archer's legal credentials are what make him most qualified.

He was a Justice on Michigan Supreme Court for five years before becoming Detroit Mayor.  He was President of American Bar Association after being Mayor.  He is currently the head partner at one of the Midwest's most prestigious law firms.

Concerning law deans, I don't think those from academic backgrounds have the requisite experience to run the Justice Department.

by Grand Poobah 2007-12-28 03:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Legal Credentials

Oh, I'm sure he's qualified and suspect he'd make a fine choice.  I was just noting that I didn't know a ton about him, outside of his past political experience -- which is itself a plus.

I would disagree with you about the law school Dean's I mentioned not being qualified.  Koh, for example, not only has unimpeachable legal credentials -- SCRT clerk, tenured prof at yale, Dean, etc. -- he's also previously served in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  Similarly, Kagan -- in addition to being a legal superstar -- also has past government experience, having served as Associate Counsel to the President, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Counsel.

Anyway, lots of good choices.  Many of whom, at the very least, will consider THEMSELVES the best choice.  :)

by HSTruman 2007-12-28 04:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Legal Credentials

Deans usually have a mixed career history. The average dean of a major university isn't your usual absent minded professor.

by Ernst 2007-12-28 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Deans

I probably should have elaborated above.  My opinion is that law school deans usually don't have the litigation and policy making experience that I think of as most applicable background for head of the Justice Department.  I'm sure there are exceptions, as well as other criteria.  I do think deans make fine candidates for federal judgeships and many professors have gone this route.

by Grand Poobah 2007-12-28 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Deans

mhmm I would disagree... An academic knowledge of the law and experience running an large bureaucracy seems the most important to me personally. Which would make deans extremely suited for me.

by Ernst 2007-12-28 02:40PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Thanks, great insight!

by X Stryker 2007-12-27 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

That was supposed to be a response to HSTruman's AG comment above.

by X Stryker 2007-12-27 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

I would bet on Terry McAuliffe as Secretary of Commerce.  That position usually goes to the chief political insider as it is kind of the 'bagman' position (the post deals with business interests who donate $$$$).

I personally like senators and especially governors as they have shown a political as well as administrative understanding of issues to succeed, so if I were President I would stock my cabinet with a whole bunch of them.  I would especially place a governor as Attorney General, especially a governor who used to be Attorney General.  Janet Napolitano would be a good choice.  I had her for that position until I read that she was big on education issues (though pretty much all governors say that), so I decided North Carolina governor Mike Easley would be a good choice there.

VP: Evan Bayh
Not likely as a Republican would be chosen to succeed him.

Secretary of State: Richard Holbrooke
Agreed

Treasury: Gene Sperling
Good choice

Defense: Diane Feinstein
Probably too old

Atty General: Janet Napolitano
Already commented on

Interior: Tom Vilsack
Certain to get something.  Interior often goes to somebody from the South West though.

Agriculture: Ron Sparks
Others have mentioned him.

Labor: Richard Gephardt
Business would probably complain.  I'd put John Edwards there, though I'm sure business would complain even more about him.

Commerce: Charlene Barshefsky
Who?

Energy: Hilda Solis
Somebody from California might be too controversial for the major energy company interests.

Transportation: Ed Rendell
Already commented on. Definately possible after 2010.

Education: Bob Miller
who?

Veteran's Affairs: Johnnie Wilson
who? Most people mention say Max Cleland

Health and Human Services: Tammy Baldwin
Probably too left wing.

HUD: Ron Dellums
Probably too old.  Several people, including myself, have mentioned Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin who was ranked as one of the top 5 mayors by Time Magazine, for whatever that is worth.

Homeland Security: Bob Kerrey
I doubt it.  Despite his endorsement of her, I suspect the Clintons still hate him for his high profile role in the 1993 budget debates (although he did vote onside in the end).  He's also rather odd.  I wouldn't be surprised if this position went to a Republican to show bipartisanship.  Possibly Chuck Hagel or maybe even John McCain.

Chief of Staff: Terry McAuliffe

Trade Rep: George Munoz
Who? I'd like to see Joseph Stiglitz get this.

EPA: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Way too controversial among business interests.  Why pick a major fight there when you don't have to?  

Director of National Intelligence: Robert Menendez
I doubt it.  Isn't he still under investigation for something?

OMB: Joe Andrew
who?

Drug Czar: Tom Siebel
who?  I wish they'd get rid of this stupid position.  

National Security Advisor: Jane Harnan
Probably too much opposition from Democrats for her to get that.

Ambassador to the UN: Joe Wilson

My choices
President: Barack Obama
Vice President: James Webb

1.Treasury: Kathleen Sebelius
2.Commerce: Howard Dean
3.Labor: John Edwards
4.Interior: Ken Salazar
5.Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
6.Energy: Blanche Lincoln
7.Transportation: Stephanie Tubbs Jones
8.Housing and Urban Development: Shirley Franklin
9.Health and Human Services: John Kitzhaber
10.Education: Janet Napolitano
11.Veteran's Affairs: Max Cleland
12.Defense: Wesley Clark
13.State: Bill Richardson
14.Homeland Security: Chuck Hagel
15.Attorney General: Mike Easley

by Adam T 2007-12-27 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

I especially like your choices for treasury, veterans affairs and HUD.

by Denny Crane 2007-12-27 03:37PM | 0 recs
Re: What would Hillary's cabinet look like?

Overlooking the obvious for Secretary of Defense (from the Senate Armed Services Committee):

Sen. Carl Levin
Sen. Jack Reed

I think Wes Clark would be Hillary's VP.

I don't see McAulife as Chief of Staff at all. That's a hard-core policy position (gatekeeper to the President's desk).

by hwc 2007-12-27 09:56PM | 0 recs

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