Bob Zoellick, George W. Bush’s pick to replace Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank, is a safe choice. Zoellick was long regarded as one of the few safe pairs of hands in the Bush administration and having served at both Treasury, State and as US Trade Representative he’s got an ideal resume for the Bank. Many thought Zoellick would be the US nominee last time round. Word has it that Zoellick was so convinced he was getting the jobnot Wolfowitz that he had already started reading himself inbefore Bush sent him to be Condi’s deputy at State.
The one person in DC who’ll be sad to see Zoellick going to the Bank is John McCain, who was using Zoellick’s not inconsiderable brain to pull together his policy platform.