November 22, 2002
I HAVE A DREAM:Cabinet Chess Begins Anew: After Midterm Elections, Little Shuffling Seen Among 21 Members on Bush Team (Mike Allen, November 22, 2002, Washington Post)
Heading toward his term's halfway mark, President Bush has not made a single change among the 21 members of his Cabinet beyond adding Tom Ridge as homeland security adviser.
Washington wants to know: How long can it last? [...]
Two Cabinet members could head out on their own political journeys. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., director of the Office of Management and Budget, has neither encouraged nor discouraged a lively draft movement among Indiana Republicans who hope he will run for governor in 2004. A trusted Bush insider, he says the president has first call on his time. A top Republican said the likelihood of a run seems to be fading.
The other Cabinet member who might run for office is Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. He has long been expected by the White House to be the first Cabinet member to go. Thompson, who still dreams of being secretary of transportation, may challenge Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) in 2004.
For Mr. Thompson's sake, let us hope the dream is not the measure of the man. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2002 8:45 AM