Obama-Gates Courtship

It begins:

A senior adviser to Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that the Democrat might see Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a candidate to remain at the Pentagon if Obama wins the White House.

We don’t hear any Shermanesque statements coming from Gates:

Earlier this week, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Gates has not changed his view on retiring.

”The circumstances under which he will stay on are inconceivable to him,” Morrell said. ”But he learned long ago never to say never. And I think that’s still operative today.”

I think this is a good idea for the same reasons Thomas Barnett does:

[Gates] has done a magnificent job of trying to set the Defense Department on the best and most logical path going forward, and if the next SECDEF doesn’t keep up that course, I will be sorely disappointed.