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Joking?  Of course.  The point is appointing John Kerry Secretary of State is asking to get Scott Brown (an additional Republican senator) back into the Senate.  How stupid is that?
Stupid enough to catch the attention.

Joking?  Of course.  The point is appointing John Kerry Secretary of State is asking to get Scott Brown (an additional Republican senator) back into the Senate.  How stupid is that?
Stupid enough to catch the attention.
The Repubtilians are in full howl to smear Susan Rice and disqualify her for the position.  The hidden agenda is to advance the case of John Kerry for the position.  Is it because they love John Kerry?  Not on your bippy.  They want to empty a seat from Massachusetts so they can try to reseat Scott Brown before he gets cold and congeals.  He is still a threat.  And it would require a strong candidate to defeat him in a special election.  
Kerry is a bad selection for more than one reason.  He's on the downhill side of his career.  (No offense intended--he is a distinguished and admirable politician.  How he lost to Bush is still a bitter and imponderable question --probably Repubtilian theft in Ohio.)  A Democratic up and comer should be put in that position -- someone with future presidential promise.  But not a sitting Senator.  No. No. No.  A thousand times no.  The Republitilians will defend 13 seats in 2014, the good guys (the lessor of two evils) 16 or 17.  Not as bad as this last time.  Five seats are needed to send Mitch into an infarction.  Looking at the map it looks tough, but Democrats should be working on primary opponents for those guys in the red states -- tea party fanatics who could bring them down.

Alternatively Obama could appoint Mitch -- or some similar smarmy Republitilian Senator and empty a Republican seat in a state where a Democratic candidate would have a chance. (Just noodling.  Actually a horrible idea.)

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    catullus, mwm341
  •  "Probably Republican theft in Ohio?" (2+ / 0-)
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    ZappoDave, bontemps2012

    I thought we had that cleared-up?

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:20:32 PM PST

  •  Mitch McConnell (2+ / 0-)
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    catullus, bontemps2012

    chinless man with an oddly waxy head and pencil thin lips? That one?

  •  John McCain ... (1+ / 0-)
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    sat down with President Romney today and laid out plans for invasion of six countries that needed invasion by next week or else! Romney said he would or wouldn't and stood by what he has or hasn't said.

  •  well Kentucky does have a Dem governor (2+ / 0-)
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    Puffin, FiredUpInCA

    so he could at least see if Mitch is interested in an appointment, though I doubt he would be.  Another option would be Illinois, Mark Kirk.  Or Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire.  All from states with Dem governors.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:30:52 PM PST

  •  Not for SoS (1+ / 0-)
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    But I would like the President to reward sane conservatives/Repbs like John Huntsman with someplace in his cabinet.

    Also, I can kill you with my brain.

    by Puffin on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:50:01 PM PST

    •  Jon Huntsman would be good (1+ / 0-)
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      Unlike Mitt Romney, Huntsman is more articulate and intelligent and will actually listen, even if he's more of a liberal Republican (according to those in the GOP).

    •  I like Huntsman for SoS (3+ / 0-)
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      bontemps2012, dpc, JackND

      I think he would be a great pick.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:02:22 PM PST

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      •  You really do need brains in that position. (1+ / 0-)
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        Huntsman, yes.

        And that does open a huge effort to convert 5% of the Republican male voting base over to voting for Democrats.

        Keep in mind that any number of the more intelligent GOPers are doing denial on what has happened to their party. They love the old "Party of Reagan" flim-flammery. They fantasize that the professional office holders are in the bag for nut-case billionaires.

        Appointing Jon Huntsman is brilliant !

        He is the most Reagan-like for personality among the national Republicans. He is the one guy who can speak sensibly without going super-stupid with ideology.

        Huntsman also has no interest in suffering the Ayn Randian fools. He knows who and what she was. He knows narcissism from reality-testing thought.

        Yes, Huntsman. We get into that top 5% of the GOPer base, that's not even a viable political party any more.

        •  You CANNOT be serious. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm really hoping that this is an in-the-back-of-your-head experiment, because I'm really disturbed by the idea of the fashionable Left putting up with Susan Rice - the apparent front-runner for the SoS position - being thrown under the bus, or is even prepared to help find somebody (or nearly anybody) else in spite of her qualifications and achievements because the Republican Party doesn't like the fact that she says what she thinks, she's black, she's female and she's a good soldier - she does what someone else tells her to do. The fact that this attitude also reeks of laziness and/or racism and/or sexism is irrelevant, apparently.

          Progressive, my ass!

          President Barack Obama. Good man in a storm.

          by mwm341 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:35:23 AM PST

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          •  mwm - Is Susan Rice a diplomat? (0+ / 0-)

            Rice is extremely bright and very capable. I just don't think she has the demeanor to be our top diplomat.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 10:32:36 AM PST

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          •  Picking Huntsman is part of tactics to destroy (0+ / 0-)

            the Republican Party.

            Finish the bastards off. Moving 5% of their White Male voters to being Democrats ends up doing that.

            And since when is being the U.N. Ambassador an automatic pass to becoming SoS ?????

            Never heard that one before.

            •  Sorry.... (0+ / 0-)

              Not being sucked away from question or point.

               I didn't say anything about either John Huntsman or free passes - I talked about hanging up a Presidential appointment because the Republicans don't like it.

              Your statement about moving White Male voters in the name of politics brings up a question:

              How long have you been sexist or racist or both?

              Again: Progressive, my ass!

              President Barack Obama. Good man in a storm.

              by mwm341 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:39:07 PM PST

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      •  Huntsman at State and (1+ / 0-)
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        Hagel at less than two of the "Big 4" held by respected and respectable Republicans); I'd be quite satisfied.

        "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

        by JackND on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:10:40 AM PST

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  •  John Kerry would make an outstanding SoS... BUT... (1+ / 0-)
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    We don't need him as SoS right now.  There are many other qualified diplomats:

    US Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.  Previously he was US Commerce Secretary.

    US Ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey.  He's been well acclaimed by the Secretary of State's office and has contributed greatly to diplomatic relations in the Middle East.

    There are even those within Bill Clinton's and Hilary Clinton's own circle who can serve as Secretary of State.  

    In fact, wasn't it Kerry himself who had Barack Obama speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  It was Kerry who made Obama the star.

    •  Agreed. John Kerry would make a fine (1+ / 0-)
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      SoS, but he is needed more in his current Senate seat.

      I took similar issue with the appointments of Kathleen Sebelius and Janet Napolitano.  I'd hoped that Sebelius would run for Brownback's seat and I believe she would've won pretty easily.  I'm not certain that Napolitano could've defeated John McCain, but I think it was a good possibility and I hoped she would try.  We could certainly have used two more Democratic women in the Senate over these previous four years, and there were, IMO, plenty of other qualified people for those cabinet posts.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by scarlet slipper on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:13:57 PM PST

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  •  Why not appoint Mitch? (2+ / 0-)
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    catullus, bontemps2012

    Just because the man is appointed as Secretary of State doesn't mean the President has to keep him on after his Senate seat is filled by a Democrat.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:07:41 AM PST

  •  Jon Huntsman is the right answer. (0+ / 0-)

    Make the point that he is one of the top people for the job, period.

    And that he would never be appointed SoS under a right-winger GOP president. Much less any Administration connected with the Oil-and-Weapons Industry.

    Huntsman in the Obama Cabinet would open the door to approaching the top 5% of Republican males.

    The smarter guys, the ones who have been practicing denial to maintain their attraction to Republican candidates.

    Bush43 ??? McCain? Romney??? The Congressional leaders? Debt ceiling madness?-- Why would any non-ideologue business guy want to stick with a party that can't do better than that?

    If Obama appoints Huntsman and then showcases his contributions, he could get the most of that 5% to move over.

  •  Obama needs to say right now that... (0+ / 0-)

    John Kerry is not on the list, whether they approve Susan Rice or not. If they reject her, it will be someone else. Make the Senate reject qualified person after qualified person (that does not currently hold an elected office) while America watches...

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:05:07 AM PST

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