(House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi, and former US Ambassador to Japan Howard Baker)
Sources have confirmed to TWN that outgoing House Speaker Dennis Hastert tops the list of possible alternatives to succeed George Bush’s Texas Rangers baseball buddy Tom Schieffer as US Ambassador to Japan, a role that Hastert admittedly covets. (Ambassador Schieffer is newsman Bob Schieffer’s brother.)
A senior White House source stated that “Hastert wants the job, and Hastert will get the job — barring anything unexpected.”
One must wonder if anyone has told Tom Schieffer that he needs to start packing.
— Steve Clemons