Could Sheryl Sandberg really end up as Hillary Clinton’s treasury secretary?

Barring some great, unforeseen, literal apocalypse, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is on track to become the first female president of the United States. Earlier this year, Clinton insiders talked about a cabinet that’s at least 50 percent female, Politico reported, and one of those female cabinet picks might be almost as groundbreaking as Clinton winning the presidency would be. That is, the Clinton campaign is allegedly considering appointing Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg as the nation’s secretary of treasury.

That being said, there’s plenty of debate around the likelihood of this happening. There were supposedly talks about Massachusetts Senator and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren being veep, and here we are slated to have yet another old white dude as Vice President. Sandberg, who formerly advised President Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary, Lawrence Summers, has a long track record of denying any intent to leave the Silicon Valley and enter politics.

But as of last week, Politico’s Morning Money newsletter reported a potential change in Sandberg’s attitude toward politics: “Early speculation held that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg probably wouldn’t leave California to return to DC to serve as Treasury Secretary in a Clinton administration. That’s changed lately as MM hears more and more that she could return to be the first woman to lead Treasury.”

Politico’s Ben White then went on to correctly note that “the left may not love her roots in the Bob Rubin wing of the Democratic Party,” or her symbolism as a corporate elite, but added that “her star power and historic potential would probably blow away any opposition.”

Sandberg has yet to issue public comment on the talks that may or may not be going on, and this is the sort of measured caution I’d expect of any potential Clinton cabinet member, really. Sandberg endorsed Clinton in June, writing that her “support for Hillary is not because she is a woman. It is because she is the most qualified candidate—and she is the leader we need.”

Meanwhile, Clinton has never been shy about praising Silicon Valley innovation and the tech industry as a whole. Earlier this year, she even introduced a controversial plan that would allow startup founder student loan deferrals for up to three years with no accrued interest, which garnered criticism for its disproportionate benefits for the wealthy.

Hillary Clinton Addresses Nat'l Education Association Representative Assembly
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Sandberg becoming treasury secretary would perhaps be a feminist victory to the same extent that Clinton becoming president would. Her gender and the big win for representation would be celebrated, but in the same vein, I doubt gender would exempt her from more populist liberals’ hostility toward wealthy corporate elites.

Whether or not Sandberg will actually join Clinton’s cabinet is to be seen, but I have little doubt she’d be more trustworthy and competent than any President Trump selection.