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Would Sen. John Kerry Be a Good Secretary of State?

Politics 2011/02/08 17:00:00
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Five-term Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is known for a lot of things: his monotonous, droning speeches, his giant yacht and a failed presidential bid. But after a four-decade public career, the senator could be gearing up for a new challenge.

Kerry, who has chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 2009, has been chatting up the situation in Egypt on a number of fronts lately. From a well-received Op-Ed in The New York Times on January 31 to a recent “Meet the Press” appearance and quotes in a number of other stories, The Boston Globe suggested that the sudden media blitz could be part of a concerted strategy on Kerry’s part to set himself up as a possible successor to current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

With many experts predicting that Clinton is not likely to stay in the taxing position even if President Obama does earn a second term, the Globe opined that Kerry "is running an unofficial campaign to become the next secretary of state … [and] for once, he looks artful, as well as ambitious."

After a career Salon described as frequently falling just short of his higher ambitions, Kerry, 67, missed out on the State gig two years ago when Clinton was chosen over him, taking the Foreign Relations job over from Vice President Joe Biden as a sort of consolation prize.

With the Senate majority in jeopardy in 2012 and his chairmanship likely on the chopping block in the next election, Kerry could be making a final push for the job he most covets.

Is John Kerry right for Secretary of State?

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  • Sgt Major B 2011/02/08 17:44:53
    No
    Sgt Major B
    +17
    The a$$hole that compared me and my fellow Vietnam vets to the hordes of Ghengis Khan??! No way in Hell!!

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  • Phantom Tom 2011/02/09 04:15:00
    Phantom
    You have a mighty short memmory. Don't you recall the eight years under Bush. That's what caused all the problems in the first place.
  • Tom Phantom 2011/02/09 04:18:12
    Tom
    These problems were not caused by Bush, rather they have been developing for more than 3 decades. Bush and now Obama have done nothing more than speed up the day of reckoning by spending like the proverbial "drunken sailor".
  • Phantom Tom 2011/02/09 04:21:12
    Phantom
    Things were going fine under Clinton. OH, another short memmory.
  • Tom Phantom 2011/02/09 13:44:23
    Tom
    I agree that things were almost great under Clinton and the US budget/fiscal picture was on the right track. However, there were still issues with socal security and health care which Clinton tried to address that were not resolved and remained long term deficit problems. I think my memory still works and works fairly well because those two issues - long term social security funding and health care - remain major obstacles to fiscal solvency today. The short term fix that Clinton was able to install was done with a Democrat in the WH and a Republican controlled Congress.
  • love am... Tom 2011/02/09 16:22:46
    love america
    The best respond !!!!!!
  • love am... Phantom 2011/02/09 16:18:23
    love america
    ARE YOU SMOCKING THE BAD STAFF AGAIN???????????????????????
  • Phantom love am... 2011/02/09 17:42:30
    Phantom
    No, I've never tried STAFF. Is it really bad?
  • steven 2011/02/08 22:55:42
    No
    steven
    +8
    I don't trust the man at all. He has shown me nothing that would indicate he is anything but a true chameleon politician, just as most of his 'esteemed colleagues'. I'm thankful he didn't become president.
    "I actually DID push the button...before I decided NOT to push the button."
    politician esteemed colleagues thankful president push button push button
  • CyanWhi... steven 2011/02/08 23:28:11
    CyanWhispers
    +2
    hahaha Love the graphic!! Thanks for the giggle!
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2011/02/08 22:53:10
    No
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    +5
    He'd be terrible! But, perhaps no worse than Clinton... But maybe he could do less damage than as a senator, and that'd open his seat up, and perhaps a conservative can win it!

    It won't matter anyways, since Obama won't likely get a second term.
  • Tasine 2011/02/08 22:50:11
    No
    Tasine
    +6
    The only thing John Kerry could be good at is to be Miss Step 'n Fetch for his master,Theresa Heinze. It isn't that he is good at even that, but he has to keep her somewhat happy so he can use her money. He doesn't know truth from fiction, all of America knows him, the world knows him. He would make a TERRIBLE Secretary of State - of course most Secretaries of State have been horrid, so he wouldn't have far to climb.
  • GeorgeAVO 2011/02/08 22:47:25
  • Linda GeorgeAVO 2011/02/09 00:05:16
    Linda
    +1
    Saw this after I labeled him frankenstein--how perfect! :-)
  • nails 2011/02/08 21:57:04
    No
    nails
    +7
    Who's the comedian?
  • wers 2011/02/08 21:56:43
    Yes
    wers
    +6
    What better in the Obama administration than the addition of one more totally inept, lieing, cheating, fictious war hero, non self made millionair....another idiot with no talents, no common sense, no qualifications? Put together a big enough pile of crap and in time you at least have furtilizer! Go Hero, GO>
  • DougE 2011/02/08 21:54:35
    No
    DougE
    +6
    But he'd make a great Embassador to Viet Nam, or POW!
  • ASM 2011/02/08 21:35:02
    No
    ASM
    +8
    Kerry is really "good for nothing" I wonder how he would survive if it weren't for his wifes money.
    He would probably still be a Know Nothing idiot, I don't mean to insult horse's, but look at his face, it's all long and horse faced, which is mean to say because horses are such beautiful and smart animals.
    Maybe we can get lucky and he will fall off one some day and get trampled. What a worthless piece of protoplasm and a useless eater he is
  • uzurnoodle 2011/02/08 21:19:34
    No
    uzurnoodle
    +7
    Just when I was ranting about how Hillary should pack it in as she REALLY has no business in politics and that she should be replaced as SOS, but no, please not Kerry....
    Why are we selecting the biggest screw ups to represent the US abroad? Will some one please clue me in on this idiocy?
  • ASM uzurnoodle 2011/02/08 21:36:50
    ASM
    +6
    Stupid is as Stupid does, and Washington DC has a real problem with all the stupid people there (the politicians thatare there)
  • uzurnoodle ASM 2011/02/08 22:45:45
    uzurnoodle
    +4
    You are so right. Too many politicians...not enough brain cells....
  • jerrbear 2011/02/08 21:18:32
    No
    jerrbear
    +7
    He needs to be voted out also
  • ASM jerrbear 2011/02/08 21:37:27
    ASM
    +6
    Thrown out would be better
  • CyanWhispers 2011/02/08 21:17:44
    No
    CyanWhispers
    +7
    Absurd!
  • belle 2011/02/08 21:17:06
    No
    belle
    +7
    Kerry needs to eye the good life of retirement.
  • ASM belle 2011/02/08 21:39:16
    ASM
    +6
    Just what we need, having to pay this idiot the same salary forever after he retires, and you know he will be like another al gore, bitter and nasty because they were both beat by Bush!!
  • belle ASM 2011/02/08 21:44:10
    belle
    +4
    well if there was a way to get out of it that would be so great, but the ways the laws are written the crooked and the corrupt get their government pension
  • Sophie 2011/02/08 21:10:18
    No
    Sophie
    +5
    No. From what I have seen of John Kerry, the man is extremely selfish and clueless to the needs of businesses and hard working Americans.
  • ASM Sophie 2011/02/08 21:40:12
    ASM
    +4
    I think he is just confused by which one of his 20 houses he is staying at
  • prometheus 2011/02/08 21:10:11
    No
    prometheus
    +2
    I heard that the US Secretary of State ALWAYS go to the Bilderberg Meeting. Gov Rick Perry gave a speech at the meeting in 07.
  • Becky 2011/02/08 21:08:38
    No
    Becky
    +4
    Why not just put a bottle of ketsup with a suit on, and set it in a chair !!!
  • ASM Becky 2011/02/08 21:42:04
    ASM
    +3
    It's defiantely smarter than the village idiot" Kerry. of course when you are in DC and all the libturd politicians are there that village is full of liberal idiots
  • JWoods0417 2011/02/08 21:08:25
    No
    JWoods0417
    +3
    After that college student got hit with the taser for asking him an honest question I don't even want him cleaning the toilettes of the White House.
  • Rick 2011/02/08 21:07:51
    No
    Rick
    +6
    Didn't the Vietcong errect a shrine to John Kerry for helping them defeat the U.S.?
  • CODE 11 2011/02/08 21:04:32
    No
    CODE 11
    +4
    He needs to go back to 1313 Mockingbird lane, and his wife lilly
  • Rick CODE 11 2011/02/08 21:08:58
  • ASM Rick 2011/02/08 21:44:11
    ASM
    +4
    I thinking he resembles Mr. Ed better than old F. Stien, actually if you look closely at Freakenstien he look's almost like barass obuthead
  • Tasine Rick 2011/02/08 22:52:19
    Tasine
    +3
    Franken's teeth look better than "The Hair's".
  • President Camacho 2011/02/08 20:59:12
    No
    President Camacho
    +4
    of course not, he's an idiot.
  • apachehellfire65 2011/02/08 20:57:31
    No
    apachehellfire65
    +4
    but he might be a good secretary in a TYPING POOL somewhere!
  • ASM apacheh... 2011/02/08 21:45:59
    ASM
    +4
    Hell he cant even organize a lottery pool without screwing something up, he would be stuck at a typewritter for day's

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