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With the Obama Veepstakes poll now concluded and Gov. Bill Richardson as your chosen running mate (which was covered by the Santa Fe Reporter) it's time to take this a step further:

Who would you like to see in an Obama cabinet?

Today you can vote in the runoff on the next Secretary of Labor.

Here are the winners of previous rounds:

Vice President: Bill Richardson

Secretary of State: Joe Biden wins with 77% (162 of 210 votes) in the runoff against Chuck Hagel.

Secretaty of the Treasury: Michael Bloomberg wins with 55% (95 of 172 votes) in the runoff against Chris Dodd.

Secretary of Defense: Jim Webb wins with 50% (114 of 224 votes) in the runoff against Chuck Hagel.

Attorney General: John Edwards wins with 52% (158 of 301 votes) in the first round.

Secretary of the Interior: Robert Kennedy, Jr. wins with 51% (63 of 123 votes) in the first round.

Secretary of Agriculture: Jim Hightower wins with 66% (87 of 131 votes) in the runoff against Tom Vilsack.

Secretary of Commerce: Robert Reich wins with 54% (57 of 105 votes) against Laura Tyson.


Here's the list of current cabinet positions and cabinet level administration offices that will be polled in the coming weeks:

Secretary of Labor

Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security

White House Chief of Staff
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Director of the National Drug Control Policy
United States Trade Representative

Who will be included: a maximum of 15 candidates (max number of positions in Dkos polls), I'll try to make each round as diverse as possible, always keeping in mind competence and knowledge required for the respective position. Therefore, I'll include men and women, minorities, sitting and former elected officials, appointed officials, academics, people from the non-profit and private sectors, Obama as well as Clinton supporters, and, yes, also Republicans and Independents.


Results of yesterday's poll:

Total votes cast: 165

  1. Dick Gephardt 24% (41 votes)
  1. David Bonior 17% (29 votes)
  1. Linda Sanchez 11% (19 votes)
  1. Linda Chavez-Thompson 7% (13 votes)
  1. Barbara Ehrenreich 6% (11 votes)
  1. Howard Dean 4% (8 votes)
  1. Andy Stern 4% (8 votes)
  1. Jame P. Hoffa 4% (7 votes)
  1. George Miller 4% (7 votes)
  1. Maria Echeveste 3% (6 votes)
  1. Lynn Woolsey 3% (6 votes)
  1. Barbara Mikulski 3% (5 votes)
  1. Baldemar Velasquez 1% (3 votes)
  1. Arlene Holt Baker 0% (1 vote)
  1. Patty Murray 0% (1 vote)

Today's candidates in the runoff for Secretary of Labor are (in alphabetical order, links lead to bio):

fmr. Rep. David Bonior (MI) - fmr. House Democratic Whip, fmr. Edwards for President campaign chair, current Chair of American Rights at Work
fmr. Rep. Dick Gephardt (MO) - fmr. House Democratic Leader

Note:A candidate needs 50% or more to win, otherwise a run-off between the top two will be held the following day. Also: each candidate can only win one poll. Whoever wins today's poll will not be a candidate for any other position!

I would also like to ask you to nominate candidates for all cabinet positions not yet polled, for several of them I'm still well short of 15 candidates.

Enjoy voting!

Originally posted to Sven at My Silver State on Fri May 16, 2008 at 06:05 AM PDT.


Who should be Barack Obama's Sec. of Labor?

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Comment Preferences

  •  tips (6+ / 0-)

    and nominations for Sec. of HHS!

    Also, thus far, you guys have only voted for white men in the cabinet poll series (not counting VP, which was a separate polling series). Wonder when a woman or minority will win any of these contests. Personally, I've voted for 2 white males, 2 white females, 1 Latino female, 1 African American female and 2 latino males in these contests thus far. I'll post my personal choices at the end of these contests.

    •  here, here! (2+ / 0-)

      I work in Food Stamp Employment and Training and we need a strong leader is HHSC! Our funding for TANF and WIA (adult trainig/voc. ed) has been cut badly because of Iraq funding. We need an overhaul on some programs because welfare reform was so long ago and there are new ways for clients to job search and have more educational opportunities. We need some creativity in our programs, but there is so much red tape to make any changes!

      In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell

      by ElizabethAM on Fri May 16, 2008 at 06:19:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Diversity is not built into the design (0+ / 0-)

      Yes the results are disappointing. But the structure was too rigid.  On many of the binary choices, I had only two white men, so I didn't vote.  That decision didn't have any weight.

      The poll design should be less simplistic and mechanical:

      1. Names should be hyperlinked so people can check out their choices before voting.  Your list is like those judges ballots where one wants to vote but doesn't have enough info. That leads to identity voting or not voting.  At the minimum put the person's position next to their name (journalist, academic, governor, etc.)  People like polls like this because they want to participate, but may not have the time or interest to search each choice.  This creates a HEAVY bias toward name recognition. (this bias will always be there, but more info minimizes it.)  
      1. Use pictures (face recognition may be present where name recognition is not)
      1. Use separate male and female lists so people can vote for one of each.  Use the binary choices within columns so that we end up with two recommendations: one female one male.  After all, these are RECOMMENDATIONS, not real run-off elections.
      1. At the very minimum, add "neither" to final binary choice, so you will at least have an idea of the protest vote.

      Many countries structure gender representation into their electoral process:  so many seats for women, etc.  As a result, many democratic states have much more balanced representation than we do.   We have to overcome the extreme American idea that identity "blindness" equates fairness.  If we don't improve the structural process, we are stuck with overruling popular votes with affirmative action choices, which piss people off and raise issues of merit, blah blah.

  •  For EPA, how about (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jhutson, Sven at My Silver State

    Gus Speth.

    He co-founded NRDC  and headed UNDP in the 90s  and is now Dean at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

    John McCain - Practicing the old style of politics for the past 72 years!

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri May 16, 2008 at 06:16:23 AM PDT

  •  Hey Sven (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sven at My Silver State

    looks like we are still stuck with white guys today - we'll see what HHS brings

    Also, for anyone who is interested, I'll be doing a straw poll for Nasa administrator, which Sven has kindly allowed me to mention here, and thus, any suggestions for Nasa administor are welcome.  

    •  NASA admin (0+ / 0-)

      NASA admin is a really weak position. So much of the direction of the agency is based on keeping jobs in congressional districts. And the people who have the right ideas and goals (cheap access to space, space tourism, crewed missions to asteroids and Mars, exobiology), are not the people with the experience to run a bloated and inefficient government beaurocracy.

      car wreck : car insurance :: climate wreck : climate insurance

      by HarlanNY on Fri May 16, 2008 at 06:38:03 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Some are, some aren't (0+ / 0-)

        I agree, Nasa administrator is weaker than I would like.  But I wouldn't be so quick to write it off, as you seem to.  

        Further, I would say that, while people probably wouldn't be good at it, there are others, who have managed things politically speaking, who could do it.  

        Provided that the administrator was listened to at the White House.

  •  Dick Gephardt, hands down (0+ / 0-)

    Dick Gephardt is one of my favorite people in politics, and I was for his candidacy in 2004 -- my disagreements with him on many issues notwithstanding.

    The doctor said I wouldn't have so many nose bleeds if I kept my finger outta there. - Ralph Wiggum

    by jim bow on Fri May 16, 2008 at 06:27:09 AM PDT

  •  Max Cleland for the VA (0+ / 0-)

    This is some what toungue in cheek, but Pat Buchanon for Trade Rep. I think a conservative fair-trader would be lots of fun. Having the Wall Street Journal attack a well know conservative on trade would be wonderfull for us in the Mason/Dixie border states.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power"

    by dopper0189 on Fri May 16, 2008 at 07:44:36 AM PDT

  •  Gephardt has flipped on free trade (0+ / 0-)

    BONIOR! Dammit!  MICHIGAN!

    West Michigan Rising the new blog for progressives to build our left coast -- now live

    by philgoblue on Fri May 16, 2008 at 07:59:00 AM PDT

  •  Future ideas (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sven at My Silver State

    HUD: Fernando Ferrer, Michael Woo, David Gottfried, Shirley Franklin
    HHS: Marian Wright Edelman, John Kitzhaber, Stephanie Woodhandler,
    Transportation: Earl Blumenauer, Ron Sims, Jim Oberstar, R.T. Rybak.
    Education: Arne Duncan, Eli Broad, Inez Tennenbaum, Betty Castor.
    OMB: Austan Goolsbee, Matt Miller
    Chief of Staff: Tom Daschle, Bill Bradley, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore.

    Other posts you may want to add to your poll:

    UN Ambassador, FBI and CIA Directors, National Security Adviser, Director of National Intelligence, FEMA Director, Fed Chairman.

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