Back in August of 2007, when primary season was heating up, we asked you guys to look deep into the future, ponder a potential Obama presidency, and think about whom Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich might appoint to replace his state's junior senator.
Well, that scenario has now come to pass (and the unpopular Blago has managed to hang on to his office). Speculation is already running wild. Here are some of the names under consideration:
Valerie Jarrett (real estate executive & Obama adviser)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Rep. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
AG Lisa Madigan
Comptroller Dan Hynes
Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
IL Dept. of Veterans Affairs Dir. Tammy Duckworth
Blago himself (barf)
I'm sure there are other names out there as well. So whom do you think Blago might appoint? And whom do you think he should appoint? (Note that this seat is up for re-election in 2010.)
UPDATE by Crisitunity: We also discussed this in June. Other African-American names we discussed there were Senate President Emil Jones (too old and too tied to Blago), Secretary of State Jesse White (too old, but probably a good 2-year placeholder), State Senator James Claybourne (too Downstate), and ex-Senator Carol Mosely-Braun (not too good at getting re-elected).