Post writing update: The editors of Foreign Policy magzine, by and large the CFR crowd, posted their own blog entitled "Five Reasons why Tony Blair would make a bad Middle East Envoy." This same crowd gave awards in the past five years to both Javier Solana and Tony Blair. This probably tilts the odds somewhere in the direction of Javier Solana's favor, but who knows? Stay tuned!
US President George W. Bush has signalled his support for Blair, who has been his closest ally in the so-called "war on terror". But the EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana is said to be opposed to the move, because it would detract from his own efforts in the Middle East, according to the FT. Schwarzenegger, who lavished warm praise on Blair for his leadership on tackling global warming, for his part said he was "very happy" there was discussion about Blair becoming the quartet's representative. "I think that he is without any doubt a great, great diplomat and is very very knowledgeable about this. And it will make me feel good if someone like that will be there and negotiate," he added. "But for a selfish reason I hope that he becomes an envoy for the environment... Maybe he can take on both of the challenges?" 
Watching who is commenting on this is even more fascinating. "Schwarzenegger"? Isn't he supposed to be the governor of California? How did he get in the middle of the Middle East On Line story? Oh, he happened to be visiting Tony Blair on his last day in office!