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  •  I'm as tired of people taking preemptively... (6+ / 0-)

    ...about 11-dimensional chess as I am about people talking about 11-dimensional chess.

    Please retire these tired conceits.

    There was nothing apart from tradmed gossip insisting that Rice was Obama's first choice over Kerry. There was simply no proof of that, yet people continue to assert it as if it were gospel, because the Chuck Todds of the world said so.

    'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

    by Maxwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:27:49 PM PST

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      jay1c

      I don't know how that story blew up the way it did. I always expected Kerry to get the nod, but it made sense for the President to at least look at other candidates.

      But that doesn't mean that Rice was his first choice. And frankly I'm very happy that Kerry ended up becoming the choice. He will make a terrific SOS.

    •  I haven't heard that mentioned once (0+ / 0-)

      anyway it need not be that. There are straightforward reasons why Obama thinks Hagel is the best person for this job...it'd needn't be some complicated "11th dimentional chess" thing.

      He may like that he's a Republican thinking it will be easier to implement the changes Obama wants...slashing Defense spending being one.

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