The Washington Post says that, win or lose, Paul Ryan is ascending this campaign season - - so you might think about the Badgers whom Ryan could take with him, or push for DC appointments, if he ever gets the chance.
Here's my list - - based on experience and temperament:
* US Supreme Court: Associate Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices
Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman, both young enough to get on a
High Court vacancy short list.
* UN Ambassador: A toss-up between Reince Pieibus and Scott Fitzgerald. Same duo for Secretary of State.
* Secretary of Agriculture: Perhaps farmer Tommy Thompson, though he'd be a strong candidate for Secretary of the Treasury, give his shekelmania, or Housing and Urban Development, with his DC-area property flipping experience. He's done his time at Health and Human Services,
so the nod there goes to Alberta Darling, given her 180-degree turn on a
woman's right to choose, and on supporting Planned Parenthood. Or to
Glenn Grothman, for obvious reasons.
*Also for obvious reasons: Secretary of Education - - Sen. Ron Johnson.
* Secretary of Transportation: Robin Vos, based on having killed Wisconsin's regional transit authorities and the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter train.
* Department of Energy: current PSC chair and former GOP State
Rep. Phil Montgomery. He brings along that critical 2005 ALEC Legislator
of the Year credential.
* Department of Homeland Security: Could be State Capitol police chief David Erwin, could be Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
* Environmental Protection Agency: DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has
earned the administrator's jobs, but as a former home builder, like Mark
Neumann, either one could slide right in at HUD. So many options...
* Secretary of the Interior: A slam-dunk: State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, resident expert on the wolf hunting and sandhill crane shooting, too.
* Secretary of Labor: Scott Walker.
* Attorney General: As this is the Department of Justice, there are no strong contenders.
Cross-posted at The Political Environment, and the Journal Sentinel's Purple Wisconsin site.