The Nation: Washington's Pick-a-Name Game

"Speculation on appointments is premature," warned Jody Powell, President-elect Jimmy Carter's press secretary. That has not discouraged anyone so far. The guessing game about changes in top Government jobs is being played at lunch, over the phone, at dinner parties, in health-club saunas and locker rooms. There are short lists and long lists. The possibilities are almost endless, since virtually nobody but Jimmy Carter—and maybe Rosalynn—knows what Carter is going to do.

Most buzzed about is the Secretary of State position. The names suggested most often as successors to Henry Kissinger: New York...

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