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  •  No, it was just out of control. (2+ / 0-)
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    SouthernLiberalinMD, askew

    No one considered JK's incredible qualifications for the job. It wasn't "He would be great at State, but I'm worried about the seat ..." it was like this: JOHN KERRY MUST DECLARE HIMSELF OUT OF CONTENTION FOR SECRETARY OF STATE kind of crap. First it was he should bow to Susan Rice (for which the media over hyped her for being Obama's #1 choice, which I don't think she ever was), and then it was that he should stay in the Senate forever and give up all alternative dreams.

    So, yeah, there was a lot of trollish behavior. Not just disagreeing but being nasty.

    •  Tell ya one thing. (1+ / 0-)
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      Larry Parker

      His going away speech defending the senate makes me glad he's leaving it.

      Too wedded to the old ways to be an effective change agent.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:14:04 AM PST

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    •  Oh, so you weren't talking about (1+ / 0-)
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      the more reasonable concerns/objections.

      There have always been anti-Kerry people on this site. The resentment against him for not winning in 2004 was extreme. It's a part of politics I don't appreciate. If you win, you're always and forever golden (witness Clinton who gets a pass for NAFTA and deregulating the financial industry); if you lose, you're going to get bashed by a certain contingent for the rest of your life (witness Carter, who is still getting whaled on in his 80s).

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:26:13 AM PST

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      •  Clinton (3+ / 0-)

        gets no pass from me. I think he damn near destroyed the Democratic Party as an agent for anything progressive. 1996 was my first Presidential election and I could not bring myself to vote for him after NAFTA, WTO, DOMA, AEDPA, welfare bill and all the deregulation, which only accelerated in the second term. How'd that work out?

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:14:21 PM PST

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      •  Clinton particularly gives himself a pass and (2+ / 0-)
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        fenway49, SouthernLiberalinMD

        a pat on the back for the Dot.Com bubble. He only balanced the budget by taxing fantasy income from fantasy jobs funded by vulture capital that went into bragging about the clients' burn rates in companies with no product, no market, no discernible business model. It was all because you could go public without any of that, and the Hell with oversight, due diligence, and all the rest. See It's Different This Time: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.

        I was there. My consulting rate went from $50/hr to $75/hr during the year before the NASDAQ hit 5000 and immediately went off the cliff, and then I couldn't get work at any price for much of the next several years.

        Gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 01:34:39 PM PST

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      •  I actually (0+ / 0-)

        quite like Kerry as a senator, and think he's a good SOS choice.

        But I think he ran a horrible presidential campaign.  

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