The little rumor birds have been whispering in our ears lately.
And the latest…sort of random…is regarding… the U.S. Commerce Department.
OK, OK, sit down. Catch your breath. OK.
Well, here is what we have heard:
The current Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, will be going down with the economic ship post election. Other reason involved? We have no idea.
In any case, who will take his place? (Hint: there’s a reason you are reading about it on this blog.)
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel!
You will remember that just a few months ago Hagel, pretty much out of nowhere, endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Senate race. At the time, many wondered if that was his initiation rite to get into the Obama Administration. (Now all he has left is four Jägermeister shots, and he’s in!)
Is this our answer?
Well, if this doesn’t turn out we won’t be surprised. Hagel, whose expertise was on foreign policy while in the Senate, has been rumored for various spots in the Obama Admin for a while. And while Secretary of State never seemed likely, SecDef has been rumored often.
So now…Commerce? Some have suggested that spot works his foreign policy knowledge better, in theory. Though Hagel has always been a Free Trader, and that tilt may have questionable hold in this White House.
So is Commerce the consolation prize if Defense is not open for him?
Or maybe this is just another trial balloon in the long, long history of DC ballooning.
But if it flies, you heard on Leavenworth Street first!