NBC’s Todd, O’Brien; WashPo; Politico: Lieberman on Shortlist for Homeland Security Secretary

As Washington digests the surprising news that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down to take the helm of the University of California system, pundits are wasting no time bandying about names for her replacement. At least two political reporters are floating former Connecticut US Senator Joe Lieberman for the job.

NBC’s Chuck Todd and Michael O’Brien both mention Lieberman as a possible replacement for Napolitano. Hearst Newspapers’ Neil Vigdor also flagged the story. Lieberman is considered something of a foreign policy expert and he was instrumental in the creation of the entire department of homeland security and chaired the Senate committee overseeing it.

However, Lieberman is not a sure thing by any stretch. He has been a hawk on foreign policy, supporting the Iraq war and recently writing a tough opinion piece on Iran. He may be too much of a hawk for President Obama’s tastes but he would certainly win confirmation.

Stay tuned on this one.