Aside from the obvious historical significance, one of the most exciting aspects of a potential Obama presidency was always the question of who would populate his Cabinet.
With that possibility now reality, and on the heels of assembling the most effective political campaign anyones ever seen, the Obama appointment hot stove has fired up in earnest. Politico.com reports a number of juicy details about early considerations that should have Beltway junkies salivating: Robert Kennedy Jr. for EPA? Colin Powell for Defense? Fellow Illinois congressman Rahm Emanuel is in as White House chief of staff. But will the famously principled President-elect pull any fast ones in his inner circle? Could Warren Buffett head up the Treasury? Is John Edwards still fit to be Attorney General? It's doubtful they'd accept, but how about Chuck Hagel for Homeland Security or Hillary Clinton for Health?
The idea of a bipartisan all-star team advising an intellectually curious commander in chief is a refreshing change of pace in D.C., to put it mildly. And its light years better than thinking about a potential Cabinet under John McCain, whose selections of Sarah the Biblethumper as V.P. and Joe the Plumber as veritable campaign director portended secretaries Bob the Builder (Interior?) and Dora the Explorer (State, natch).