Certainly he would be a strong candidate.
I agree on a well timed departure, though my pragmatic perspective reads his statements on trust as an unfortunate sign of the times and, more disappointingly, insight into Bridenstine's true character.
A person of better stead would have deferred comment now, then politely declined any offer with humility and deference.
Without invoking political affiliation.
AFAIK, Jim will become candidate for the House or the Senate in the following election. That's why he is positioning himself like that.
Many former NASA members are or have been in politics, from former Senator Glenn to Senator Kelly.