I heard on NPR this morning that Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage have informed President Bush that they would be stepping down at the end of the first term. Steven Taylor reports that Newt Gingrich is considered a “dark horse” candidate to replace Powell, although Condi Rice is more likely. I’m hoping the Gingrich balloon is being floated just to make the eventual nominee (assuming a Bush re-election, of course) more palatable.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.