My take: He’s way overqualified. We need great minds doing science, not minding the bureaucracy. It is a loss for academia, and may or may not be a gain for our government.
Obama’s best pick thus far, politically, by a long shot. Much more outside of the box than, say Bill Richardson. It is likely that Chu will not be making as much money at Energy as Blagojevich implied. Again, politically, it is an amazing pick. Time will tell how effective a brilliant mind like Chu can handle a mundane bureaucratic job like a cabinet position.