Now that we know Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, speculation has already begun about who might be joining him as members of his cabinet.
One thing that will determine whether or not Biden can get his cabinet nominees approved is the outcome of the two Senate runoffs in the state of Georgia. If Democrats win both of those, the Senate would be tied 50-50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be able to cast the tiebreaking vote on any cabinet appointees. If Democrats don’t control the Senate, Biden could face obstruction from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who would remain as Senate majority leader.
Ronald L. Feinman of History News Network has weighed in on the Biden cabinet and has some ideas about what direction the new administration will go in:
Secretary of State:
Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice is the most likely choice for the post, Feinman suggests:
“She will be excellent in restoring a sensible, rational foreign policy and promoting stronger ties with NATO and democratic allies around the world, while being capable of dealing with authoritarian governments, including Russia, China, Iran, South Korea in a tough and reasonable manner.”
Secretary of Defense:
Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth will probably get the call to head the nation’s armed forces, and since she would be replaced in the Senate by a Democratic governor, it would be safe to appoint her without having to worry about losing a seat in the upper chamber of Congress:
“Duckworth has a reputation of being tough minded and capable of meeting the challenge of updating and reorganizing the Pentagon.”
Some of the names mentioned for this very important post include former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), but Feinman suggests it may instead go to a name that isn’t being talked about as much as others:
“Outgoing Alabama Senator Doug Jones impressed everyone with his prosecution of Ku Klux Klan members involved in the infamous Birmingham Church bombing in 1963, securing indictments and convictions in 2001 as US Attorney in Alabama. And Jones has made an excellent impression on civil rights and civil liberties matters in his three years in the US Senate, a stark contrast to decades of Alabama senators.”
For more of Feinman’s predictions, be sure and read his fascinating article at History News Network.
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