Newsweek says that Colin Powell may well stay on for another term as Secretary of State. I think this should be a really good thing for Mr. Bush and for the country. I have my doubts about Mr. Powell's nuanced views of diplomacy, but he is still highly respected around the world. If (probably, it would now seem) Mr. Bush wins another term, there are going to be a lot of foreign leaders who will have to suck it up and deal with him. Mr. Powell will make that a little easier, I think.
Now, to Ms. Rice. Rumor around the MSM is that she will not stay on another term as National Security Advisor. That would be a real shame, a real loss to the president's team. She has taken a lot of crap the last four years, probably only slightly less crap than Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. That would rank her number four on the left's dartboard cover list. I hope that she stays, if for no other reason than she deserves to be there, taking her rightfully deserved bows, when Iraq and Afghanistan both elect representative governments.