I agree with Bryan that Bernanke is an excellent choice. He is knowledgable and articulate–just the other day I referred econlog readers to Bernanke’s overview of recent productivity developments.

Ben was a year ahead of me in grad school at MIT. He seemed very mature.

Because of his maturity, I think that Ben stands head and shoulders over other high-caliber academic economists as a potential leader at the Fed. He will be able to motivate the staff, achieve consensus on policy, and attain credibility and respect from the financial community and world leaders.

To see the breadth of Bernanke’s support among economist bloggers, check out the WSJ online.