Ayotte's name floated as Trump SecDef

Kelly Ayotte, a capable and knowledgeable woman who was narrowly defeated for re-election to the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire on Tuesday, is being discussed by the Trump transition team as a potential Secretary of Defense.

This is significant because Ayotte- a defense hawk whose sound foreign policy posture stands in stark contrast to Trump's crazy isolationism- declined to support Trump.

The appointment, if it takes place, would be a kind of olive branch to people like me. It wouldn't work, at least in my case; it's far too little to get me on board with a guy who simply is neither qualified nor psychologically fit to be president. But it would be a step in the right direction for the country. Sen. Ayotte is one of the smartest people in government, and a woman I've always seen as a potential president herself. She certainly would be a better choice than some of the other people being discussed for the Trump cabinet.


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