You knew this already. You also probably know that Condi Rice is a possible replacement. I think that might not be bad, though I wonder if she might not be more valuable elsewhere.
Redstate asks about Lieberman for the position, and I’ve got to admit I’m intrigued by the possibility, longshot though it is.
UPDATE: Well, it appears that they want Rice to take the position. Back in the day when I thought Bush would have a different running mate this time around, I hoped that Powell (despite all the evidence to the contrary) would run as VP and Rice would take his slot at State. Although Bush stuck with Cheney (which I still think was the wrong thing to do, though the election was won) I’m not at all surprised to see Powell step aside and I applaud Rice as a replacement.
I don’t think that Powell very often had a chance to deal from a position of diplomatic strength (to put it mildly) and although I’ve been less than impressed with his results there’s not a doubt that he’s one of the legendary public servants of our time and I watch him retire with regret.
Powell is a great man and widely respected. I really hope they use him. Maybe in the Israel-Palestine talks, which for the first time in my lifetime have the potential to go somewhere.