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Teams of Rivals

If we elect Obama, be prepared to see Ed Rendell in the top energy or transportation post, Bill Richardson on a short list for secretary of state, and jobs for Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. Former Clinton appointees in the running for Obama jobs include former treasury secretaries Larry Summers and Robert Rubin. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is tipped to be Obama’s White House chief of staff. A McCain victory would likely mean former Navy secretary John Lehman or retired Marine General James Jones or Senator Lindsey Graham as defense secretary, with staunch ally Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman or World Bank President Robert Zoellick as secretary of state. Also expect big jobs for former eBay chief Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard chairman Carly Fiorina.