Name dropping about who will replace Alberto Gonzales started moments after he stepped down.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It happens immediately after any high-level White House official resigns his or her post - political observers and Washington reporters go into overdrive over possible replacements.
The scenario played out Monday, when moments after news surfaced that Alberto Gonzales was stepping down from his post as attorney general, senior administration officials told CNN that current Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff would likely get the nod.
If true, it would be "a surprise to Mike," another source later told CNN.
Yet other senior administration officials started knocking down such reports, telling CNN that Chertoff's role in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath could raise problems during Senate hearings.
Did things really change that quickly? Which sources had better information? What are the rules of engagement in the name-dropping game?
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