Condoleezza Rice will apparently succeed
Colin Powell as Secretary of State and I think she'll do just fine, no matter what other people are saying about it now. I also think Powell is leaving for exactly his stated reasons, because he really only intended to serve for one term and because he'd like to get back to doing other things before he gets much older, and that probably goes for the other departing secretaries. All these people wondering if he's being "forced out" are essentially disrespecting his by disbelieving his word.
refers us to a thread
on Roger L. Simon's blog about the possibility of a two-woman race for president in 2008 between Rice and Hillary Clinton, which was originally predicted
in 2002 by William Safire. It may be a little early to talk about who'll run then but it's not too soon to discuss this particular scenario because of all the unique implications it would introduce and because of how it would completely wreck conventional wisdom all around. I would be happy to see it.