Rich Galen

Because there were to be more awards than the Daytime Emmys, no one got to make an acceptance speech.

You are in luck. I remember the speech I had prepared and - keeping John Kerry in mind - I reproduce it in its entirety here:

"We are in a reception room named for arguably our first Citizen Diplomat, Ben Franklin. I am the most recent Citizen Diplomat,which tells us one thing:

"Darwin was wrong."

Maybe he couldn't decide, or maybe he couldn't persuade, but with the announcements that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will both be leaving, we now know who will not be in President Obama's second term Cabinet, but not who will be replacing them.

It would seem that, again borrowing from our friends Will Shakespeare and McBeth, that when it comes to Cabinet-level changes, "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly."

We are now awaiting the nomination of at least two and the confirmation of at least three Cabinet Secretaries - Chuck Hagel has been nominated for Defense and is allowing the dust to settle after his confirmation hearing last week.

Changes at the top of a Department almost always result in changes down the org chart: Deputy Secretary, Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Subordinate Junior Associate Secretaries and who knows what-all boxes have to be filled.

It does neither the President nor the nation much good to be reshuffling the deck chairs on the Ship of State perhaps a month into his second term.

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