With Barack Obama taking over the presidency in January, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich now is considering candidates to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate. There is a lot of speculation about who the embattled governor will choose, ranging from potential gubernatorial rivals (Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.) to political allies (retiring Illinois Senate President Emil Jones). I don’t know who is best suited for the job, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t Jones or Blagojevich, who can name himself Obama’s successor. One interesting name mentioned is Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is probably capable of handling the job, and Blagojevich might get rare kudos for appointing a handicapped, female war hero to the position. If the governor does give Duckworth the nod, tomorrow is the perfect day to make the announcement. After all, it is Veterans Day.