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Should we begin the countdown?

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By Ralph Damiani

While Gov. Bill Richardson is not saying anything, Barack Obama’s victory suits him just fine. See, it seems very clear that he is in line to be part of that administration – the only question is when?

Our Democratic governor refused to discuss the subject, saying: “I’m happy as governor of New Mexico, I’m planning my legislative agenda and I don’t want to comment any further.”

But this is only skin deep, as they say. He cannot seek re-election to his favorite job and he is far too ambitious to just fade away in two years.

So it is not a question of if but when he will step back to the Washington scene and what job he will get from President Obama.

And Obama does owe him.

He backed him again Hillary Clinton when that race was in doubt, despite long and deep ties to the Clintons.

He helped deliver the Hispanic vote to Obama, something that helped him win the White House.

But for now Richardson won’t say whether he expected to be part of an Obama transition team or have a position in the new Democratic administration. But surely he knows that he is in line.

And that he will go.

One of the key signs is that he is once again clean-shaven – his beard of 10 months came off Monday.


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