Donald Trump's White House would essentially be a Three Stooges of embarrassed Republicans who resurrected their careers by hopping aboard the Trump Train.
The two names that immediately attract attention are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is being considered for secretary of state, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is the favorite for attorney general, according to NBC News. Gingrich is best known for his controversial tenure in the 1990s, during which he pushed the GOP to the right on a number of social, economic, and foreign policy issues, while Giuliani's mayoralty was notorious for expanding police powers at the expense of the civil rights of poor and non-white citizens.
Other names being considered include retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for defense secretary, Trump campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary, RNC finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary, and RNC chairman Reince Priebus for chief of staff.
One name that was conspicuously absent was that of Gov. Chris Christie, who despite once being a close adviser to Trump has seen his prominence fade after revelations of corruption and abuse of power came out during the Bridgegate trials. He used to lead Trump's transition team (a role now assumed by Sen. Jeff Sessions) and at one point was strongly considered for the attorney general position — but since the news Friday that two of his aides were found guilty for their part in the Bridgegate scandal, Christie has been pulled off campaign events, and has been kept out of sight.
By Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. His diverse interests are reflected in his interview, including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.