POLITICO: Boren, Kean, and Miller Top EdSec Contenders
Maybe all this worry about Duncan and Darling-Hammond was nothing more than speculative froth. But David Boren as Obama's Education Secretary? Really? That's what Politico thinks, at least (Dems sketch Obama staff, Cabinet). The site names Boren, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean (R), who was chairman of the 9/11 commission, and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) as top contenders.
Kean we've heard about before. Miller is an obvious consideration though it's hard to imagine he wouldn't want to continue expanding his empire in the next Congress. The surprise name is Boren, who is more of a foreign policy guy than anything else. He is currently president of Oklahoma University and maybe that's close enough. (Quick -- what's his position on charters and TFA?)
Not to be forgotten, site favorite Heather Higginbottom gets named by Politico as a likely part of the White House DPC team (the job Spellings used to have), and CAP civil rights wonk Cassandra Butts is penciled in as as staff secretary.