Trots att det bara är fyra dagar kvar innan valet känns det lite avlägset att tala om vilka eventuella personer McCain skulle låta ingå i sitt kabinett. Mer intressant är kanske, i alla fall om man utgår från det som opinionsmätningarna visar - att Obama kommer att vinna - vad Obama eventuellt väljer för folk till sin administration. Politico har dock valt att teckna en bild över båda kandidaters möjliga administrationsmedlemmar vid en eventuell valseger.
De tänkbara ministerposterna i en McCain-regering ser ut så här:
White House chief of staff: Lehman or longtime McCain aide and speechwriter Mark Salter
Senior counselor to the president: Top campaign official and personal friend Rick Davis
Secretary of state: World Bank President and former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick; Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.); former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage
Treasury secretary: FedEx founder Fred Smith; former eBay CEO Meg Whitman; Bain Capital co-founder and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; John Thain, former Merrill Lynch CEO and now president of Global Banking, Securities and Wealth Management at Bank of America
Secretary of defense: Lehman; Lieberman; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); current Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Attorney general: Graham; former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.); former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Secretary of education: Former Arizona superintendent of education Lisa Graham Keegan
National security adviser: Policy adviser Randy Scheunemann
Office of Management and Budget: Former Congressional Budget Office director and campaign adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Gällande Obamas eventuella presidentadministration ser listan ut så här:
White House chief of staff: Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.); or dark horse candidate Bill Daley, Commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton and now an executive with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Deputy chief of staff: Pete Rouse, chief of staff in Obama Senate office; Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore; longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett; Jim Messina, campaign chief of staff
Senior adviser: David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Steve Hildebrand
Outside adviser: Abner Mikva
Ambassador at large on climate change: former Vice President Al Gore
National security adviser: Jim Steinberg, the deputy under Clinton; Gregory Craig, special counsel to Clinton; Susan Rice; retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni; Samantha Power of Harvard’s Kennedy School
White House counsel: Bob Bauer, campaign counsel; Chris Lu, Obama legislative director and member of transition staff; Heather Higginbottom, campaign senior policy strategist and longtime aide to Sen. John F. Kerry; Mike Strautmanis, congressional affairs for campaign and former chief counsel in Senate office
Chief of staff to the vice president: Tony Blinken, chief of staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Biden is chairman) and senior campaign adviser for Biden; Stephanie Cutter; former Biden aides Mark Gittenstein, Alan Hoffman and Ted Kaufman.
Chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama: Alyssa Mastromonaco, campaign director of scheduling and advance; Melissa Winter; Linda Douglass, senior spokeswoman for campaign
Counselor: Robert Gibbs; Anita Dunn; Valerie Jarrett; Jon Favreau
Communications director: Robert Gibbs; Dan Pfeiffer, who has that post in the campaign
Deputy Communications Director: Josh Earnest
Press secretary: Robert Gibbs, Linda Douglass, Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter
Director of media affairs (regional and specialty media): Blake Zeff
Speechwriting director: Jon Favreau; Jeff Nussbaum
Deputy press secretary: Karen Dunn, currently Axelrod’s deputy
Press staff morale chief: Tommy Vietor
Assistant press secretary: Isaac Baker, Reid Cherlin, Ben LaBolt, Moira Mack, Hari Sevugan, Nick Shapiro
Press secretary to the first lady: Katie McCormick Lelyveld
White House economic adviser: Austan Goolsbee, senior policy adviser to campaign and University of Chicago economics professor; Jason Furman, director of economic policy for the campaign; Michael Froman, former Treasury chief of staff, Citigroup executive and Harvard Law classmate with Obama
Domestic policy adviser: Heather Higginbottom, Jason Furman, Neera Tanden
Director of scheduling: Marvin Nicholson
Personal aide: Reggie Love
Cabinet secretary: Christine Varney, who held that post under Clinton
White House staff secretary: Cassandra Butts
Director of legislative affairs: Chris Lu; Mike Strautmanis
Political director: Erik Smith
Defense secretary : Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.); Richard Danzig, Navy secretary under Clinton; John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS and former deputy secretary of Defense; President Bush’s incumbent, Robert Gates — would be for at least a year so he wasn’t a lame duck.
Treasury secretary: former Clinton treasury secretaries Larry Summers and Robert Rubin; FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Blair; New York Fed President Timothy Geithner, former Treasury under secretary and Assistant Secretary; former Federal Reserve hairman Paul Volcker.
Deputy Treasury secretary: Jake Siewert.
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle; Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a physician; John Kitzhaber, medical doctor and former Oregon governor.
Health care czar in White House: Tom Daschle.
Education secretary: David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former U.S. senator and former Sooner State governor; Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean (R), who was chairman of the 9/11 commission; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)
Environmental Protection Agency administrator: Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.); Kathleen McGinty, former head of the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency
Commerce secretary: Penny Pritzker; Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Homeland Security secretary: Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Col.); William Bratton, Los Angeles police chief and former New York police commissioner; former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), a member of the 9/11 Commission; Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.); Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
CIA director: Former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.); Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
Director of National Intelligence: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.); Tammy Duckworth, the director of Illinois Veterans’ Affairs, Iraq veteran and former Democratic House candidate; Bush’s incumbent, James Peake
Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.); Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Secretary of Energy: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R); Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Secretary of Transportation: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.); Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)
Secretary of Labor: Former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.); Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union; Kay Hagan of North Carolina (if she loses her challenge to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole); Jeanne Shaheen, former New Hampshire governor (if she loses her challenge to U.S. Sen. John Sununu)
Secretary of Agriculture: Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack; Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy: William Bratton
Director, Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Obama's renamed faith-based office): Josh DuBois, campaign's director of religious affairs
Bara en av dessa tänkbara administrationer kommer dock att realiseras. Vilken av dem får vi förhoppningsvis veta på tisdag. Vad som dock kan noteras är att McCain verkar ha tydligare och mer självklart givna Demokrater i sin administration än Obama förmodligen kommer att ha. Chuck Hagel - alright. Robert Gates - kanske. Schwarzenegger? Knappast.