Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham are out, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice moves into General Powell’s place!
Of course, it isn’t news that the general likely wouldn’t hang around for the president’s second term, but still, things are moving fast in the new administration.
SOS Condi; I like it. And I bet that the Europeans (excluding the British) will just hate having to deal with yet another tough woman (I’m thinking of Margaret Thatcher). Hating the situation even more will be the Arab states, who deem the place of both women and blacks to be dead, if in the way, or under the Arab male boot, if not. (Carry a sidearm, Doc.)
Those of us who pay attention to such things know that this type of personnel change is nothing new for a presidential second term (see Clinton, Reagan and especially Nixon). However, with the stakes so high, it will make for interesting professional and non-professional commentary to see the effect that these changes have on the stated Bush Administration goals, not to mention the presidential election of 2008.
Someone on another blog suggested that Bill Cosby (PhD. Ed.) be asked to take the Secretary of Education spot. Would that be a hoot?