Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General? It Might Actually Make Sense

TV experience translates.

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog. 

So yeah, my first reaction to "Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General" was some pretty hearty laughter.

But ... you know it might not be a bad idea. The job description for surgeon general is "America's chief health educator." Say what you want about cable "news" and the irritating trend toward highlighting "personalities" over substance; and say what you want about Gupta specifically; but public education involves some of the same skills one develops working on television news (or "news").

Of course, this news lends itself to a wholly different type of blog post: Which other newsies could fill an Obama administration. Lou Dobbs for Homeland Security? Chris Matthews for White House press secretary? Make your nominations in the comments section (after the jump) and I'll highlight my favorites tomorrow.

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