What about Condeleezza Rice for Secretary of State? She has the experience.
R2 - Experience with the Bush admin. Experience with the failures to stop 9-11. Experience with the Iraq war.
Big problem taking Kerry out of the Senate is that Scott Brown will get another chance to get "his" seat back.
She has the experience of failure. It's not quite what we're looking for.
R4 - Maybe so, but Brown is damaged goods.
Brown already has a seat....
I don't know, Brown's got a pretty good shot. I was born and raised in MA. I still have family and friends there. Brown is popular and some people had a hard time choosing Warren.
Most Massachusetts Republicans are a little different from the Tea Baggers but MA is not as liberal as some people think. There's a whole lot of MA that is more like New Hampshire than Boston.
Why would our Democratic President nominate Condoleeza fucking Rice for anything?
I don't think they would have offered Kerry the Sec job unless the Dems felt they had senate seat safe. No fuckups like last time: they'll put up a Kennedy or Deval Patrick, or someone else who will campaign hard and has good name recognition.
"Brown is popular and some people had a hard time choosing Warren."
What does that even mean? Warren won. Handily. You talk complete nonsense.
If Brown was so fucking popular he would've held on to his seat. Period.
[quote] Brown is popular and some people had a hard time choosing Warren.
Apparently there were at least 53.7% of the electorate that didn't...
As the scuttlebutt is that Deval Patrick is likely to be tapped to be Attorney General, I can't believe President Obama would leave two big holes in the Massachusetts Democratic machine.
OTOH, John Kerry as Secretary of Defense means that he couldn't be Secretary of State, which I'm fine with.
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R4, there's also another Massachusetts Republican in need of a job.
Susan Rice our ambassador to the UN. Geez...
"Brown is popular and some people had a hard time choosing Warren."
An incumbent who got defeated relatively easily is not popular.
Papa John's is cutting my hours, so I'm very interested in these new positions opening up. How does one apply to replace a sitting senator? How about to be the CIA Chief?
Better Susan Rice than Susan Lucci.
There's always Richard Holbrooke for Sec of State.
I think Rice is a damaged good. The GOP and their Benghazi conspiracy theories are not going to confirm her.
Andrea Mitchell was on Rachel's show tonight and she said that the WH wants Rice as SOS but it will be a battle to get her confirmed.
No, R11, I am not talking complete nonsense but thank you so much for chiming in with that insightful analysis.
What it means is that I know people in MA who like Scott Brown and had a difficult time choosing between Warren and Brown. I thought that seemed fairly clear in my earlier post.
Yes, obviously, Warren won by a comfortable margin. That doesn't mean that no one in Massachusetts voted for Scott Brown and the polls had them running neck and neck for months. If this seems incorrect to you, check the polling and the election results.
Brown's white, working-class, truck driving, ordinary guy shtick goes over well in some parts of MA. As I mentioned, parts of MA are a lot more like New Hampshire than they are like Boston.
If you think that Kerry's seat is perfectly safe and Scott Brown can't get elected in Massachusetts, think harder.
Before we give up John Kerry to Defense, State or anything else, that seat had better be locked down.
While I think John Kerry would do very well at either position, the Democrats fought so hard to finally get Ted Kennedy's seat back in MA so that the Democrats once again holds both Senate seats in that state. I don't want to see them lose the other MA seat if Kerry is nominated for wither position!
If Kerry is nominated for either of these posts, the national Democratic party better sure as hell have a VERY strong populist candidate lined up for this seat. That is the only way to beat the GOP. That was how President Obama just won his re-election with strong ecomonic populist messaging.
There are so many better candidates for Defense Secy - why pick someone with all that Vietnam baggage?
R19 - "That doesn't mean that no one in Massachusetts voted for Scott Brown and the polls had them running neck and neck for months. If this seems incorrect to you, check the polling and the election results."
The early polls had them neck and neck, but after the debates, Brown's numbers went south. Nate Silver predicted that MA would have a 99 percent probability of electing Warren.
Fuck. If Kerry is selected to Obama's Cabinet, Scott Brown is best-positioned to reclaim a seat in the Senate. Is it worth the sacrifice?
What is scary is that it would be a special election (significantly less turnout) ... Brown has a solid # of independents who like him and the infrastructure in place. No Democrat candidate really stands out & ppl will be annoyed if Deval pulls a Romney and leaves his Gov seat before end of term
Why are you guys panicking? Even if Brown took Kerry's seat, the Senate will remain democratically controlled.
Why not Gen. Wesley Clark for Sec. of State?
What r26 said. I don't like Rice.
Seems like she's going to get the job, though.
I wonder if Obama has considered that this could put Scott Brown back in the senate.
I wonder if r28 reads replies beyond r3....
R25, any GOP in the Senate or House would represent another vote to cut taxes for the 1-percenters, cut SS and Medicare, Pell Grants, and any other safety net program for working class Americans not to mention a vote against gay rights.
Why cede even 1 seat to the GOP at all when you know what their crazy agenda is?
Wesley Clark might even work better at Sec.of Defense.
I'd love to see General Clark back in the game for the Democratic Party.
His first run at the presidency was a clusterfuck but I always thought he could have done a lot better.
Ashley Judd or Angelina Jolie as Secretary of State!
R34, that's a walk down memory lane for me.
I still like it.
Chuck Hagel will be Sec. of Defense
The collapse of America is happening mush faster than I thought
I think r37 is onto something.
Ugh, can you imagine John Kerry as SOS, boring the world to death? Does the US really want to inflict him on the global community?
And yet Richard Holbroke in his present state would still be a damned sight better than Susan Rice.
I'm not enthusiastic about either Kerry or Rice.
I know this is getting repetitive but Bill would be a great Secretary of State. It needs to be someone respected and liked around the world. Maybe Angelina would be a good idea. They'd show up and listen to her.
We need to think about this more.
As long as his choices don't risk losing a senate seat...
[quote]There are so many better candidates for Defense Secy - why pick someone with all that Vietnam baggage?
Because he's a decorated veteran with a distinguished public service career?
I'm sure Obama isn't ready to give up a Senate seat. Don't Kerry's going anywhere.
I hope neither prevail.......
When will we start hearing who is appointed to what?
I think Kerry would make an excellent Secretary of Defense. Especially BECAUSE of his Vietnam War history.
We need to send the White House e-mails and petitions asking them not to nominate John Kerry for anything where he has to leave Massachusetts. We need to nip this telegenic Scott Brown monster in the bud... If we let him in, he'll cause trouble for us forever.
Think, Obama, Think!
And nobody thinks of Bill Clinton for SOS? The savings on stationary alone would be considerable.
Now that we've had three women as secretary of state, do we have to have another one necessarily? Can't we have a man in that role again? or does it have to always be women from hereon out?
LOL @ R49!
R8 further displays the foolish, confused thinking - at best - that continues to deny the power and right of the majority in voting who they voted for.
Warren won with 53.7% of the vote. That is a good margin.
I know you're just trying to say that things are tight in Massachusetts because people are willing to vote for a moderate Republican. With Romney having been governor there, dear, we don't need the reminder, since your state made the fuckhead's run possible.
Just don't act like Warren didn't win and win decisively. Regardless of the number of Boston dumbshits who didn't like her.
We need an Asian man as SOS. Haven't tapped that demographic yet. Or an Hispanic/Latino..(whatever is the current name.)
It won't be Oprah, I can tell you that.
What about Gayle Winfrey for Defense?
If Warren had won by double digits like Obama did over Romney I would feel better. She couldnt get all of the Obama vote which signifies Browns healthy lead with Independents.
The D challenger is not yet known (Lynch?Capuano?) and voter turnout for special elections is less than a midterm.
On the plus side the D candidate will not take for granted like Coakley ... and I want Clinton to camp out in the state
Chris Matthews was saying that Ed Markey's looking at it quite seriously. Now that's a candidate who might be worth the risk.
Tweety said that Markey had considered it before Warren threw her hat in the ring this time.
The thing is, now that those freaks have gone after Susan Rice the way they have, I really want the President to nominate her and, of course, win.
We need a Democrat for Defense. Seriously. Panetta was the first Dem to hold that position since Carter because Clinton and Obama had previously put Republicans in that role.