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Friday, December 21, 2012

The GOP to Get the SOS They Wanted

Posted by on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Congratulations to US senator John Kerry on the news that he will be nominated to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Kerry is more than qualified and certainly deserves it; I'm sure he'll make a great secretary of state, and it'll be a fitting end to his long and distinguished career in public service. Mazel tov.

But it really gnaws at me that this was exactly what the Republicans wanted when they smeared UN ambassador Susan Rice, because it opens the door to Republican Scott Brown to return to the US Senate via Kerry's soon-to-be-vacated seat. At some point, that single extra Senate vote is going to matter. And when it does, the GOPers will have every right to gloat over how they played the Dems.

 

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It may have gotten lost in the noise the last few weeks before the election, but Kerry's name was already up front as the likely nominee for SoS...and I don't recall any mention of Rice at the same time.

I don't know if she was a late pick or deliberately set up as a stalking-horse, but either way the administration seems to be back to their original choice. (With apparently good odds that Rice will be asked to serve on the National Security Staff, which doesn't require the "advice and consent" of the Senate.)
Posted by DonServo on December 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
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This is exactly what Obama shouldn't have done. I hope there's some Machiavellian reason he appointed Kerry, because I'd hate to think this was just a stupid move.
Posted by sarah70 on December 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
biffp 19
@2 ftw. Turn up your shit detector Goldy. They'd have to be as naive as a 5-year-old to be taken on that. Jesus.
Posted by biffp on December 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 18
@11 - Agreed, it's disappointing.

Scott Brown ran an incredibly stupid campaign. For example, trying to use Warren's title of "professor" as an insult in a state with 90 colleges and universities, let alone the highest percentage of college educated adults in the nation. And then there was the race-baiting of her Native American heritage. I'm sure the war whoops and tomahawk chops his staffers were filmed performing were the subject of ads against him.

But he will have learned from those mistakes. He polls very highly in likability - a huge asset for a Republican in a state where Independents outnumber Democrats by a wide margin. This time we can assume he'll be careful not to squander that asset by going sneeringly negative. Plus, his opponent won't be able to ride the coattails of an Obama landslide in the state, like Warren did.

Democrats will have a tough time beating him.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
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@11, dwight....

Obama is just doing what the Wall Streeters directed him to do --- just as the State Dept. spokes person is Victoria Nuland, the wife of one of the founders of that most ultra-conservative of former rightwing groups, PNAC --- or the Project for a New American Century (Dick Cheney & Company).

And, Obama appointed a 100% neocon administration in his first term --- probably even worse in his second --- didn't you ever even frigging notice that???????????????????????
Posted by sgt_doom on December 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
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@12, Freak Lunch, ...

"Owning TransCanada stock would rightfully ...."

She's invested across the board, sonny, including Rio Tinto, Monsanto, numerous oil, coal and gas companies, etc.
Posted by sgt_doom on December 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this
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There are children about to get driver's licenses that have never lived in an America with a white male Secretary of State.

So we're fixing that...
Posted by The Opposite of CONgress on December 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this
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Even far better for Wall Street to get a new sec'y of state who is worth over $1 billion and is a Forbes.

(Tell me, Goldy, have you even read ONE of those numerous WikiLeaked State Department cables which routinely detail how State works on behalf of American-based multinationals (and some aren't even American-based at that?)
Posted by sgt_doom on December 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 13
@10- That'd be a nice reason for her not to be SoS, but it's not what happened. Instead the GOP dictated Obama's actions from the minority position AGAIN. The battle may have been inconsequential, but it shows Obama doesn't care to win the war. Again.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on December 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 12
There will be a primary for this special election. I'd love to see the Tea Party prevail with yet another unelectable nutjob.

@10 - Owning TransCanada stock would rightfully call her appointment as Secretary of the Interior into question, but I can't see how her becoming Secretary of State would help TransCanada get this pipeline built.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 11
Nominating John Kerry is FUCKING STUPID. Obama is back to being the spineless twerp we know from the last four years.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on December 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM · Report this
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Because Susan Rice owns $300,000-600,000 worth of stock in TransCanada (per NY Times and her financial disclosure report), the proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, I am not sad that she is not going to be secretary of state. Kerry is likely to be a better choice from an environmental point of view, and is well qualified for the job.

Surely the Democratic party and the voters of Massachusetts can figure out a way to avoid sending Scott Brown back to the Senate.
Posted by MsBoyer on December 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
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Why would Patrick leave the governor's mansion and run in this race, though? I admit to knowing basically nothing about Mass. politics, but Governor->Senator is a diagonal/downward move, depending on how you look at it (well respected governor to most junior senator), and governors are perfectly able to run for president and win, if that's what he wants.

I dunno, though. He might be under pressure from the national party to make that move, depending on how thin the Dems' bench is in Mass. Anyone know more about the state's politics than me?
Posted by Diogenes_of_Sinope on December 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
BostonFontSnob 8
@3@5 yes, Deval gets to pick a interim senator who serves for something like 120 days. Then an election. I'm sure Scott Brown is licking his chops but I actually don't think he'll win this time around. Particularly if Deval thows his own hat into the ring.
Posted by BostonFontSnob on December 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
seatackled 7
Brown won't win.

First of all, his opponent won't be as weak and out of touch as the one that he did beat for the Senate seat.

And second, Warren will be out campaigning for his opponent.
Posted by seatackled on December 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
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Massachusetts must hold a special election like the ins they had that put Scott Brown in office.
Posted by apres_moi on December 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
brian 5
@3 Patrick wouldn't pick Brown, however when John Kerry was running for President in 2004 the Mass. Legislature changed the state to take the power to appoint an interim Senator away from then Governor Mitt Romney. Good idea, but it got us Scott Brown to begin with when he won the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat.
Posted by brian on December 21, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
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Oh yeah, forgot that Mass does the special election thing.
Posted by Faber on December 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM · Report this
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How will Scott Brown return to the Senate? Deval Patrick is the governor of Mass. and he's a Democrat. Doesn't the governor appoint a person to finish out the term of the vacating senator? I don't understand why Patrick would pick Brown.
Posted by Faber on December 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM · Report this
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The Dems were well aware of what the Rethugs wanted. They said they weren't worried; Brown lost last time and will lose again.
Posted by originalcinner on December 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 1
So the republicans care more about power than about what might be best for the country?

shocking.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this

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