With the nomination all but locked down….
Biden people are starting to game out a ‘Return to Normal’ plan for a possible Joe Biden admin….
They might be a bit too early with this….
But those doing this feel that leaking it is a counter to the view that Trump and his admin do NOT know what they are doing….
I emphasise this report says Joe Biden HIMSELF is NOT doing this out loud….
Joe Biden confidants are privately discussing potential leaders and Cabinet members for his White House, including the need to name a woman or African American — perhaps both — as vice president, top sources tell “Axios on HBO.”
Why it matters: Biden advisers describe a Return to Normal plan — a reversal of President Trump’s unorthodox, improvisational style. Biden wants known, trusted people around him — many from the Obama years.
Several high-profile possibilities:
- John Kerry would love to take a new Cabinet position devoted to climate change, or might even accept a curtain call to return as secretary of state.
- Susan Rice, formerly President Obama’s national security adviser, is another option for State.
- Mike Bloomberg, who swiftly endorsed Biden after the former mayor’s campaign collapsed, would be a top possibility to head the World Bank.
- Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general under Obama who stood up to Trump and was fired, would be a leading contender for attorney general.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary could help unite the party.
- Jamie Dimon — chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and mentioned over the years as a potential presidential candidate — would also be considered for Treasury.
- Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, is another possibility for Treasury.
Biden advisers expect Pete Buttigieg to get a prominent slot after his swift endorsement of Biden — perhaps as ambassador to the UN, or as U.S. trade representative.
- Both would help credential Buttigieg for a future national campaign.
Behind the curtain: Campaign officials say the name game isn’t where Biden’s head is — he knows he has major primary and general-election fights ahead….
Biden, a throw-back institutionalist, relishes an emphasis on governing, norms and restoring alliances.
- That includes respect for experts, and for the art and science of governing.
- This evolving plan is all in Biden’s comfort zone — all meant to send a public signal of stability.