The Obama Republicans

Barack Obama has said that he will appoint Republicans to his Cabinet, but aside from speculation that Robert Gates will stay on as Secretary of Defense, there’s been little indication of who exactly he will choose. As a nice service, The Wall Street Journal presents a list of “Republicans who might logically serve in senior Obama administration posts.” Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, and Colin Powell are all there. Off-the-beaten-path choices include Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey and EPA chief who resigned over disagreements with President Bush on global warming; and Matthew Dowd, the top strategist for Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign who has made open his liking of Obama and could prove a useful liaison to Republicans.