"I'm going to stay for sure through the inauguration." That's what Bob Schieffer, the host these last 17 years of CBS's Sunday morning, half-hour news program Face the Nation, told TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio at the end of 2007. "Quite frankly, I don't know what I'm going to do after that."
Neither does CBS News. Which must be why he told The New York Times recently that he was going to put off his retirement for an indefinite period of time at the behest of CBS News president Sean McManus.
"We're going to have a transition period, maybe try some people out," Mr. Schieffer said.
Phew! For a while now Mr. McManus will be busy getting Katie Couric her first presidential debate and finding a new Executive Producer for the Early Show.
Or could they have found their man, but have to wait until his or her contract expires to let Mr. Schieffer go?
Either way, they've been shuffling through the dossiers like mad, trying to figure out a post-Schieffer strategy. Here's what they saw.