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    Apart from the numbers game, this just seems like such a downgrade for the office.  I don't dislike Kerry, but he probably wouldn't have even been among my top five picks.  State's become an office you want to put some starpower/celebrity into, or at the least an office in whcih you want someone with loads of charisma since it's the face of the United States to the world.  I guess he's more than capable, but along with the kind of pitiful angling for a cabinet spot for years, now, and him being a losing presidential candidate, all I can muster is a "meh."

    •  I don't know - diplomats don't need to be (2+ / 0-)
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      NMLib, askew

      charismatic.   I mean name me a charismatic SoS - Clinton, Condi, Powell, Christopher, Baker...  Hillary had some star power and gravitas, but Kerry got 60M votes in 2004, Hillary lost the primary in 2008.

      What Kerry has is established relationships with a lot of the key players - there will be a certain level of trust with him.  Kerry is more credentialed than Sec. Clinton was in '08.  

      The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:08:58 PM PST

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