You have to select your cabinet members. What fictional detective
would you choose for which cabinet position?
I'll go first: Secretary of Defense: Hawk
You can find a list of the cabinet positions and their current holders
Is the new position for controlling the Intelligence agencies going to
be a cabinet position? That should be an interesting slot to fill.
Unfortunately, I read mostly science fiction / military so I don't
have a lot of suggestions. I'm just starting to get more into reading
mysteries. Although, I do think that a lot of Science Fiction is just
mysteries with an unusual setting.
Joe Pike - CIA Director - is that a cabinet level position?
[expanding in some cases to "characters in crime fiction/movies/TV,
maybe not actual detectives"]
Agriculture -- Carl Houseman. [Probably been on more farms than any
recent actual Agriculture secretary.]
Veteran's Affairs -- Joe Pike.
Interior -- Skink. ["He'll keep an eye out for the environment."]
Homeland Security -- John McClane. [Yippee-ki-yay, Osama.]
Justice -- Lew Archer. [Because--little known fact--most of the crime
problem in this country is caused by complex guilt-ridden family
conflicts going back decades.]
Education -- John Kimble. [Character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in
_Kindergarten Cop_, so he's got experience.]
Health and Human Services -- Kay Scarpetta. [Well, she's a doctor.]
Housing and Urban Development -- Roger Murtaugh. [This position always
seems to go to a black guy, plus which he needs to atone for all the
urban destruction in the Lethal Weapon movies.]
Treasury -- Meyer. [From the Travis McGee novels, he edges out Amos
Burke from "Burke's Law".]
State -- Nick Charles. [Because--little known fact--the Secretary of
State needs to be sophisticated at swanky parties and at the same
time be able to drink all the other foreign secretaries under
Commerce -- Myron Bolitar. [Seems to know more about business than
most joes in the field.]
Transportation -- Kinsey Millhone. [I have no idea what car most other
detectives drive, but ...]
Defense -- Mike Hammer. [Why mess around with lesser mortals here?]
Labor -- V. I. Warshawski. [Sympathy for the working class.]
Energy -- R. Daneel Olivaw. [We need someone smart in this position, and
also someone strong enough and practically indestructible to break
up the fistfights between Hammer and Warshawski.]
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Paul A Sand wrote:
> In article <19952-414...@storefull-3331.bay.webtv.net>, ell...@webtv.net wrote:
>>You have to select your cabinet members. What fictional detective
>>would you choose for which cabinet position?
> Homeland Security -- John McClane. [Yippee-ki-yay, Osama.]
Much as I like McClane, I'd nominate Mouse from the Walter Mosely's Easy
Rawlins series. Not only would he put bullets into Osama and all other
comers, he'd even scare Hammer into less sociopathic behavior.
Great list! Very sound choices. But who he?
Character from Isaac Asimov. I think, specifically, _Caves of Steel_. If
not the first s.f./mystery, pretty darn close.
Wasn't he actually a robot from one or more of the Robot Novels?
From THE NAKED SUN and THE CAVES OF STEEL. The "R" stood for "Robot".
(the "B' stands for "Blootered".)
Would he be ably assisted by Dr. Mabuse?
Actually, this brings up those rare (*cough*) instances when the
administration is corrupt, and the rascals are in charge.
Homeland Security -- Dr. No
Justice -- Michael Corleone
Education -- Professor Moriarty
Health and Human Services -- Dr. Hannibal Lector
Treasury -- Auric Goldfinger
Commerce -- Raffles
Transportation -- Howard Payne (he was good with Speed-y solutions)
Defense -- Gen. Jack D. Ripper -- oh, okay, okay, not a mystery; how
about Dr. No's older cousin, Fu Manchu?
Cheryl, Cheryl, Cheryl . . .
Joan in GB-W
Department of Justice - Freddy the Pig (Freddy is the detective who introduced
me to the genre)
Sec. of Agriculture - Jane Marple (didn't she have a garden around her
Sec. of Defense - Dirk Pitt (he's a real macho man!)
Sec. of Energy - Amelia Peabody (isn't she just an all around bundle of
Surgeon General - Temperance Brennan
Sec. of Labor - Jane Bee (if her cleaning if good enough for QE II, it should
be good enough for everyone)
Joan in GB-W
R. Danieel, eh? Okay! In the same vein, how about Secretary of State Ralph
Don H. (Robots are so cool....)
When I sent the above, I forgot Homeland Security - for that position none
other than our fine French friend, Inspector Clouseau.
Joan in GB-W
>Sec. of Labor - Jane Bee (if her cleaning if good enough for QE II, it should
>be good enough for everyone)
You sure you want one of those sneaky socialist-leaning Canucks in yer
all-American cabinet? :-D
Catherine *waving a tiny maple leaf flag*
"It is one of the blessings of friends that you can be stupid with them."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
>>Sec. of Labor - Jane Bee (if her cleaning if good enough for QE II, it
>>be good enough for everyone)
>You sure you want one of those sneaky socialist-leaning Canucks in yer
>all-American cabinet? :-D
>Catherine *waving a tiny maple leaf flag*
Hy, Canucks are good people. But what happens if all of the cabinet members
die for some reason, and also the president and vice-president. Can Jane, a
Canuck, ascend to the presidency?
Joan in GB-W
>Transportation -- Kinsey Millhone. [I have no idea what car most other
> detectives drive, but ...]
How about Stephanie Plum. She should understand just about everything
that can go wrong with transportation by now.
> Education -- John Kimble. [Character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in
> _Kindergarten Cop_, so he's got experience.]
And a ferret! so he can be Secretary of the Interior, too!
Administrator of EPA - BOB DILLON! (Bill Fitzhugh)
.. believes in managing things the environmentally friendly way ;)
Secy of the Interior - ANNA PIGEON (Nevada Barr)
.. hands-on experience with natl park system!
Secy of State - CASEY JONES (Katy Munger )
who better to liven up those dull press conferences?..
Drug Czar (Dir., National Drug Control Policy ) - JACK TAYLOR (Ken Bruen )
definitely a man with experience..
Secy of Defense - JACK REACHER (Lee Child)
... naturally ;)
Secy of Health and Human Services - Dr WATSON,
Homeland Security - BOND, James Bond..
Secy of Agriculture - CHANCE the gardener ;) (Jerzy Kosinski)
..I know, not quite a mystery.. but who'd be more perfect? ;)
Secy of Transportation - VI WARSHAWSKI (Sara Paretsky)
..can maneuver urban traffic faster than anyone on record! ;)
Cool thread, Ellen!
I was wondering where we could fit her in. Probably more reasonable to give
Ranger the job, since he's the one who supplies Stephanie with most of her
Treasury: that oldie by goodie, John Putnam Thatcher, banker extraordinaire
Education: Amanda Pepper, who is used to dealing with difficult students
Interior: Anna Pigeon, who has real National Park experience, though she
may not be patient enough (Nevada Barr)
Housing and Urban Development: Blanche White, poor and black, but knows how
other people lives because she cleans for them (Barbara Neely)
Justice: Whit Mosley, Justice of the Peace in a small Texas town. Now if
he could just get over his mother. (Jeff Abbott)
Health and Human Services: Hitchcock Sewell, who sees the end results (Tim
Agriculture: Claire Sharples, plant biologist in an agricultural extension
service and sensible environmentalist (Rebecca Rothenberg)
For the rest, Paul's picks seem ideal, especially Nick Charles for State.
Mark Alan Miller
I think I'd want Gregor at the U.N. Or at Justice.
Mark Alan Miller
<<How about Stephanie Plum. She should understand just about everything
that can go wrong with transportation by now.>>
No, no! It has to be Dortmunder's Murch, (and Murch's Mom) He knows
the fastest route to everywhere.
I think I'd want Gregor at the U.N. Or at Justice. >>
New head of the CIA?
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