Bodman at the Department of Energy
When the power went out in New York City and elsewhere last year, Meet the Press host Tim Russert asked former Clinton Energy Secretary Bill Richardson if Bush Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham -- presumed "stupid" – were "up to the job." (Richardson, if you'll recall, was almost forced to resign after he oversaw the infamous security breaches at Los Alamos National Laboratory.)
Abraham, capable by all accounts, is now gone. Replacing him will be, pending confirmation, deputy Treasury Secretary Sam Bodman. Bodman was a chemical engineer who was an M.I.T. prof. He's worked as an executive in the financial industry, and he has served at both Treasury and Commerce.