Lieberman again tops a list of folks being considered for head of the new national intelligence directorate, a job that Lieberman might actually have to seriously consider. He smartly turned down the Homeland Security chief job, and the U.N. ambassadorship just wasn’t big enough for him, even if he would have been given an opportunity to work on the Middle East peace process a bit.
But Lieberman did take on a large role in shaping the national intelligence legislation, and has a lot of backers on Capitol Hill urging him to take the job if it is offered.
More important to Republicans, Lieberman’s Senate seat would be filled by a Republican.
Lieberman is one of a handful of Democrats whom the White House (read: Karl Rove) has targeted for Administration jobs that could push the GOP majority toward the magic number of 60. Thus far, Rove has struck out.p> TREASURY CHAIRMAN br> Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was offered the Treasury Secretary job on a Monday about three weeks ago during a private 12.30 meeting with President Bush. Greenspan wasn’t interested, but the offer by the President did get the two talking about lame duck politics, retirement, and succession plans. As with the Treasury job, the pickings for Republicans are slim right now regarding a successor to Greenspan when he steps down as Fed chairman in early 2006. Greenspan has not put forward any names he would consider strong candidates.