Shop Talk II

Is Bill Bradley aiming for a cabinet post? I can’t see any other explaination to this story:

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, who lost the Democratic nomination for president to Al Gore in 2000, is expected to endorse front-runner Howard Dean, party officials said Monday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dean and Bradley planned to announce the endorsement this week.

Bradley isn’t exactly friendly with Gore, but did well enough in Iowa in 2000 to perhaps give Dean the extra support he needs there against Gephardt. And that’s got to at least be worth one Secretary of Agriculture.

Or maybe I’m just being too cynical — there is a chance Bradley simply wants to help his party, by avoiding a drawn-out and destructive primary race.