December 8, 2005


Rummy exit rumored; Lieberman eyed for job (THOMAS M. DEFRANK and KENNETH R. BAZINET, 12/08/05, NY DAILY NEWS )

White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.

Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him, but there's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman - a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election - might become top guy at the Pentagon.

And the GOP gets the Senate seat...

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2005 1:41 PM

More smoke in their eyes. Why replace Rumsfeld? Unless he'll be doing news briefings, he's best to stay where he is.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2005 2:34 PM

Wait a sec--I thought the CW was that Rumsfeld didn't care about Iraq, since it was getting in the way of his transformation of the military? Can't the media keep their silly stories straight?

Posted by: b at December 8, 2005 2:54 PM

No. Lieberman becomes Sec State after Condi ascends to the vice presidency.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 8, 2005 3:38 PM

And then, in a move typical of the Northeast GOP, Lowell Weicker is named to replace Lieberman.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 8, 2005 3:56 PM

Don't even kid around about this.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2005 4:04 PM

You mean you didn't get the memo?

Posted by: Luciferous at December 8, 2005 4:15 PM

Being the most hawkish Dem doesn't make Lieberman qualified to be Sec Defense. As a Senator he probably has terrible management skills. If Rummy wants out nothing Bush can do but I can't see Bush getting rid of Rummy (especially since he weathered the Abu Grab A** thing).

Posted by: AWW at December 8, 2005 4:15 PM

I don't see any advantages in the short term from this exchange -- the replacement Senator will probably be no better than Lieberman, and once the Republican appointee loses could be much worse -- while with Lieberman at Defense you know there won't be any invasions of Syria or Iran.

However, as a knife thrust helping to pry the remaining Democratic conservatives/moderates away from the Left and into the Republican party, it could have long-term value.

But I don't see why the emphasis on long-term party building, when President McCain is just going to throw it all away.

Posted by: pj at December 8, 2005 7:35 PM

President McCain will carry CT and hold the seat.

Posted by: oj at December 8, 2005 7:42 PM

McCain won't make it past the SC primary (again)

Posted by: AWW at December 8, 2005 8:55 PM

Giuliani won't beat him there and the rightwingers are lightweights. Jeb could knock him off, but isn't running.

Posted by: oj at December 8, 2005 9:20 PM

Actually, remember how St.Joe, like Bentsen before him, was so confident that he was going to be VP that he ran for reelection at the same time? Which means his successor would be running for reelection in '010, just in time to get sucked down into the anti-GOP backlash against the mess President Keating-McCain has made in less than two years in office. (Sort of a reverse Clinton.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 9, 2005 12:30 AM

You're typically required to stand at the next election, not serve the full term, but CT law may vary.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 7:19 AM

How is McCain going to beat Rudy in SC? He has ticked off religious conservatives in the one state, except perhaps UT, where their vote counts the most.

Rudy may not be the Moral Majority type, but he hasn't antagonized anyone, and his 'popularity' transcends that sort of criterion anyway. McCain will have to kiss a lot of booty to win in SC, and I don't think he can do it.

McCain's position on immigration isn't going to help him in the South, either. NC, GA, SC, and TN all have large numbers of illegals working in construction, and right or wrong, the perception of amnesty and his association with Kennedy will hurt him with the very primary voters he needs.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 9, 2005 9:10 AM

Rudy is Catholic, pro abortion, and pro homo. He might even skip the state.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 9:17 AM

Rudy is pro-America and that's enough. McCain is pro-McCain and that is pitiful.

Posted by: Col. Parker at December 9, 2005 10:33 PM