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When a job like the one at the CIA opens up, I run through a list of potentially suitable Democrats who come from states with Republican governors–thinking, Machiavelli style, that maybe there’s a chance to boost the GOP’s Senate majority by one member. John Breaux of Louisiana often comes up in these experiments. Couldn’t President Bush have made him ambassador to France a while back? At any rate, here’s a list of Senate Intelligence Committee members. Evan Bayh may pass the first test (potentially suitable Democrat) but not the second one (Republican governor). Then there’s Barbara Mikulski, who passes the second test but not the first one. Oh well.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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