Well, he says he'd like the job. And recent hill chatter suggests he is a serious contender.
The following stories suggest the same.
But would Ed make a good DOT chief? As The Economist pointed out in its 26 June issue, "Ed Rendell, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg, the political juggernauts in Pennsylvania, California and New York City respectively, have launched a coalition to make infrastructure a national priority".
Respectable, respectable. I only hope this trinity's plan includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike, on which I am a regular disgruntled traveller. (Pennsylvania is frequently cited for having some of the worst roads in the nation.)
Now where is our own little growing list of possible DOT heads? Here it is. We've got Mary Peters, Fred Smith and Bob Crandall rumoured to be on the McCain shortlist, while Ed Rendell, Jane Garvey and Linda Daschle are rumoured to be on Obama's shortlist. The Overhead Wire blog lists other folks on either side.
(Rendell photo at the following link www.flickr.com/photos/75148837@N00/486534193/)