Rich Galen

Over the next 50-something days there is still a sense of excitement about putting together the second term team. It is a little harder filling some of the third- and fourth-tier jobs than it was four years ago.

In 2008, resumes were piled high to the ceiling at the transition office. It is not unknown for the staff making the first cut to throw out a resume because he or she didn't like the color paper, or the font, that was used.

Now, the true believers (and this is true for Republicans as well as Democrat second terms) have taken all the trips on Air Force I they want to take; or have sat in all the high-level meetings with a Cabinet Secretary in which they ever want to sit.

Filling all those political appointee jobs is a little harder this time around and it gets harder as the second term rolls along.

In December 2008 people had to have a degree from Harvard or Columbia. By midway through the second team a degree from Transylvania will be plenty.

There really is a Transylvania University. It's in Lexington, Kentucky and I know this because when I was graduating from high school I thought going there would be a life-time of amusing anecdotes.

My parents, wise to my wise-guy ways even then, told me that they weren't paying for four years of college just so I could say I went to school at Transylvania for the rest of my life.

So, I went to Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio 45750

The guessing game is on in Washington. Who will have what job and who is the best person to approach that person, if and when it becomes necessary, is how we are spending our time.

And you thought we weren't doing anything productive.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to a list of the current Cabinet and to Transylvania University's website.

Also a Mullfoto from my death-defying ride across the George Washington Bridge last week.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at