Congressional Quarterly has compiled a set of "top three" likely appointees for cabinet positions, for both a potential McCain and potential Obama presidency. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry -- much rumored for a position -- is conspicuously absent.
Kerry rumors most often center on Secretary of State. CQ names Susan Rice, Richard Holbrooke, and Bill Richardson as the three most likely for the job under Obama.
To lead the Department of Defense, CQ guesses that Obama might keep Robert Gates, or tap either Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed or former Sec'y of the Navy Richard Danzig.