Spencer Ackerman reports:
Obama campaign advisers declined to comment on the record for this story. Nor would many Democratic foreign-policy experts who might join an Obama administration. But off the record, Obama aides made clear that Kerry’s name is on a very short list of contenders to become the country’s top diplomat. Another person talked up by the great mentioner is Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a Vietnam War veteran whose foreign-policy views align surprisingly well with Obama’s.
The rest of the article focuses on Kerry, rather than Hagel. As the ninth most-important person in America, I’ll just observe that while Hagel seems like a plausible Secretary of State an the idea of an extended term for Robert Gates at defense also seems plausible, you surely couldn’t do both.