For those perusing here while watching the State of the Union address, it is always a cottage industry for the media pundits to comment on the missing cabinet secretary in the audience. A topic far afield from the normal fare here, but as a baby wonk I started as a defense analyst many years ago. Thus the fodder for what was one of the most non-sequitur posts here a few years ago that may be worth posting again:
Slim Pickens Revenge (or What I would blog about if I were Tom Clancy)
Seriously, people worried about this stuff a lot. I didn't make a word of that up myself.