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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:05 PM

Now that Rice is out, who do you want for SOS??

I want to keep John Kerry in the Senate, so I don't know who I want to replace Hillary.

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Reply Now that Rice is out, who do you want for SOS?? (Original post)
center rising Dec 2012 OP
Viva_Daddy Dec 2012 #1
center rising Dec 2012 #6
Laurian Dec 2012 #21
Mass Dec 2012 #20
JustAnotherGen Dec 2012 #24
patrice Dec 2012 #2
BlueCaliDem Dec 2012 #8
patrice Dec 2012 #13
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RC Dec 2012 #11
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politicasista Dec 2012 #29
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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:07 PM

1. I vote for Lugar. He's a good man who should have been reelected, but didn't.

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Response to Viva_Daddy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

6. Lugar is a good man, but an actual Democrat would be better.

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Response to center rising (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:17 PM

21. Agreed!

I really don't want to see anymore Republicans (even though they are moderate) rewarded when there are so many qualified and deserving Democrats available. Screw bipartisanship, especially after the treatment of Amb Rice.

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Response to Viva_Daddy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:17 PM

20. Why? No Dems who could do the job?

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Response to Viva_Daddy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:22 PM

24. No he's not that good of a man

http://votesmart.org/public-statement/616430/letter-to-donald-berwick-administrator-center-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services

Today, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, led a group of 28 Senators in sending a letter to Dr. Donald Berwick, the Administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging him to reconsider Indiana's Medicaid State Plan, which restricts funding to health providers that perform abortions, that CMS refused to approve on June 1st. In addition, the Senators warn the Administration against cutting off Indiana's Medicaid funding.

"We ask for your swift reconsideration of Indiana's SPA 11-110. Indiana's proposal should not only be approved, we believe it serves as an important model for every state. We fully support the intent of HEA 1210 to prevent taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the operational costs of abortions; and more broadly, we support the right of states to administer their Medicaid programs in a manner consistent with the values and needs of their citizens," the Senators wrote.In addition to Hatch, the following Senators signed the letter: Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), James Risch (R-Idaho), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).




Look who he's in bed with. If we can't trust him wth 'lady town' - we can't trust him at all. Hmmm . . . Rand Paul. Rand Paul, Jeff Sessions, yuck yuck yuck



John Kerry, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clarke, Barney Frank . . .

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:07 PM

2. Strong 1st choice: Al Gore, Dem. or ? or 3rd choice: Lawrence Wilkerson, Rep. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

8. I LIKE Laurence Wilkerson. He's not a Representative, though. :-)

But he IS a Retired Army Colonel who supports and has voted for President Obama, and former Chief of Staff of then SoS Colin Powell to whom he's also a loyal friend. This man is intelligent, strong, and perfect as SoS.

I would rather have Senator Kerry remain in the Senate as well.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:15 PM

13. Sorry that was confusing, I meant that as Rep.ublican, i.e. the corelate of Dem.ocrat. Should have

placed that stuff after their names not in front of them.

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Response to patrice (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:52 PM

81. :-) I make that mistake a lot, so that's why I was able to see it.

Yes, Colonel Wilkerson is a Republican, but he's enraged by his party these days. He would serve President Obama well IF he is chosen as SoS.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:21 PM

22. I'd love Kerry as SOS, but we MUST get real. He's waaaaaaaay too much needed where he is.

His committees alone justify this commitment from the rest of us to support someone just as good as he would be for SOS.

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Response to patrice (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:52 PM

82. + 1000 eom

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #82)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:43 AM

83. Some MA people are telling me not to discount their ability to respond effectively to a change in

that seat.

That may be a good point, especially after Romney's really very bad loss.

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Response to patrice (Reply #83)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:46 AM

84. I hope for MA that they're right. Brown-noser still has a LOT of money in his war chest

and at his farewell speech on the senate floor, he appears to be expecting a comeback.

I hope for MA that they've learned their lesson from the last time, and will have a strong and popular Democrat ready to hit the ground running should Senator Kerry be chosen as the SoS.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #84)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:49 AM

85. I'm hoping there's an opportunity for some high calibre younger person in this somewhere.

That is, if Kerry goes to State.

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Response to patrice (Reply #85)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:11 PM

86. There's rumor that Representative Ed Markey is ready to take the plunge

to campaign for Senator Kerry's seat should he be chosen by the president to succeed SoS Clinton. I know he's just a young person, but he appears to be really popular in MA.

Also, it appears that Rep. Markey has over $3 million in his war chest while Brown-noser has less than half a mil. But I know the Koch Bros will immediately send millions to support him in a bid to win the seat for their boy so it could still get sticky.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:08 PM

3. Barney Frank

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:08 PM

4. Al Gore

or lure a Republican out of their seat, then fire them later.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

7. I like the way you think

Eom

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

5. John Kerry for Secretary of State !

Period !

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Response to JanetLovesObama (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:12 PM

9. We need Kerry in the Senate!! You want the possibility of Scott Brown back??

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Response to center rising (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:16 PM

15. Relax, it's Mass not Arizona. Mass Dems won't be caught flat-footed again.

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Response to center rising (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:58 PM

51. If a DARK BLUE State like Massachsetts can't find another Democrat to run against Scott

Brown for Kerry's seat then it's got more problems than Texas.

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Response to JanetLovesObama (Reply #51)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:03 PM

62. They apparently couldn't find one in 2010 or we wouldn't have had Scott Brown!

Why risk it now? They'd have only a 145 day period in which to choose a candidate and run for it. OTOH, Brown just campaigned for a senate seat. Wouldn't take a lot of heavy lifting to gin it up again and keep on running. The people might just think he's okay enough to return him if he's facing a lackluster, no-name candidate (like last time). Granted, he lost his seat to Warren, but again, a nobody candidate might give him the boost he'd need to just get a handful more votes and he's likely to outrun someone that's not well known and politically polished.

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Response to JanetLovesObama (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:13 PM

11. And replace his with a Republican in the Senate?

 

Whose side are you on?

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Response to RC (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:16 PM

14. If Obama makes this move, people from MA will do their job.

and we can only hope the White House and the DSCC will help us this time.

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Response to Mass (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:42 PM

88. ... just like they did when the Senate ended up with Snot Brown?



As much as I think Kerry deserves the spot, and would do one hell of a job, until there are no Snot Brown's hiding in the weeds, he needs to stay put.

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Response to JanetLovesObama (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:23 PM

26. Please look at his committees and consider his seniority relative to hot DOMESTIC issues &

reconsider you point of view, if you will.

Or not, 'cause that's okay too.

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Response to patrice (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:25 PM

29. Do wonder all these people

(not you ) who want Kerry to stay put will follow what he does as Senator Kerry? It's interesting to see people come out the woodwork and say how "effective" Kerry is as Senator, but didn't K or R threads where he did positive things.

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Response to politicasista (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:43 PM

45. Hmmmm. That IS pretty interesting considering his extensive background in organizing for alternative

energy development.

As I understand The Real Deal in '04 was predicated on that work.

...................................

(I won't remind us all how sad it is that he lost.)

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Response to patrice (Reply #45)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:47 PM

48. True

Would be ok with General Clark or Richardson. The real, genuine concerns about Kerry staying put me can understand, the others who are just using this as "I am soooo scared of Brown" seem questionable.

Hopefully, both he and Obama will do what is best. (they will).

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Response to politicasista (Reply #48)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:57 PM

50. Oh yes! I totally get what you're saying about the "I am soooo scared of Brown" meme. I like Clark

too, just uncertain of him in relationship to MIC with all of this ENERGY stuff going down.

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Response to patrice (Reply #50)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:01 PM

53. Didn't know that part n/t

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:13 PM

10. Kerry or somebody like him. No GOPer, no hawks like Menendez or Feinstein.

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Response to Mass (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:24 PM

28. How about Bill Richardson? as a Kerry-like possibility? nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:28 PM

32. May be. Anyway, I think Obama will make a good choice and expect I will support this choice totally.

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Response to Mass (Reply #32)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:37 PM

41. I trust him not to do anything that would be stupid, especially with Congress, but I'm not sure

I trust everyone around him, a la the Geitner-esque cohort.

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Response to patrice (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:33 PM

38. I remember when Richardson was being considered for Secretary of State last time...

he was being vetted and all of the sudden he wasn't being considered due to circumstances -- still not sure what those were. Does anyone know?

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Response to xxxsdesdexxx (Reply #38)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:45 PM

46. It's got to be one of the most physically demanding jobs in this administration. nt

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Response to xxxsdesdexxx (Reply #38)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:12 PM

67. Corruption allegation

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Response to patrice (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:11 PM

66. Richardson is not like Kerry in the least

Look into what happened with the NM vote - especially in Native American areas - in 2004. In addition, he has BAGGAGE.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #66)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:19 PM

68. Thanks for the tip. I was just pleased with his position on the wars, early in '08. I will search on

the vote topics you suggest.

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Response to patrice (Reply #68)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:32 PM

72. He also had to withdraw as Secretary of Commerce due to allegations of pay to play

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:14 PM

12. Biden would be the best SOS, but he already has a job.

 

What's Bill Richardson up to these days?

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:16 PM

16. IDC

Besides this thread does nothing but bring out Kerry bashers/haters alike.

Mad the bullies won, but it probably means that Obama didn't want this fight. Instead, just going to continue to watch and let the POTUS make the final decision.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:17 PM

17. Kerry!

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:17 PM

18. Names thrown into the mix ...

by others here on DU that I like are Robert Reich and Wesley Clark..

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Response to DakotaLady (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:28 PM

31. Thanks, Dakota. For Wes.

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Response to DakotaLady (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:29 PM

33. Reich? I get Clark, but I am not sure why Reich?

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:17 PM

19. I'd prefer Kerry stay in the Senate

but, I think he's the odds-on-favorite right now.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:21 PM

23. Kerry so Scott Brown can come back!

I miss that pickup truck!

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:23 PM

25. Bill Richardson, of course

Even Stupid had to call him in to negotiate with N. Korea when he'd bungled things so completely. He's known and respected around the world. He is simply the best choice.

The only question is whether or not he'd take it. Republicans would shriek, of course, they always do.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:24 PM

27. Tom Donilon?

Though the Republicans don't like him, as much as they don't like Ms. Rice, he seems to be one of Obama's (and Biden's) most trusted advisors, and his name has been in contention. From a NYT article this fall:

Gray-suited, meticulous and little known to the public, Mr. Donilon is the president’s national security adviser and central figure in American foreign policy, “the most important person in the mix,” according to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In this critical campaign season, he has also become the president’s geopolitical bodyguard, charged with keeping the world at bay for another 43 days.

Mr. Donilon is the one who wakes the president when an ambassador is killed in Libya, the one who tries to keep Israel from rupturing relations and Egypt from heading off track. Solutions to intractable problems like Iran’s nuclear program are for another day. For now, it is Mr. Donilon’s mission to manage problems and keep them from blowing up, so Mr. Obama can focus on Mitt Romney rather than Benjamin Netanyahu. ...

If anyone can manage it, colleagues say, it is Mr. Donilon. “Tom can keep 10 important things in his head at once while juggling others in the air, trying to avoid any falling to the ground,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. Jacob S. Lew, the White House chief of staff, said Mr. Donilon ensures that “we don’t end up just with all the grains of sand but we see how all the issues connect.”

Mr. Biden, whose wife, Jill, employs Mr. Donilon’s wife, Cathy Russell, as her chief of staff, said Mr. Donilon channels Mr. Obama. “In a sense, he kind of thinks like the president,” Mr. Biden said. “Tom knows where the president wants to go. Tom knows when the president wants to go left, straight, up or down

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/us/politics/tom-donilon-a-manager-of-overseas-crises.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:26 PM

30. Wes Clark

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Response to elleng (Reply #30)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:33 PM

37. Isn't he busy doing reality TV with Todd Palin these days?

no, thanks

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #37)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:40 PM

43. No he's not;

the show was continued.

And those who don't consider him for SOS, SOD, or National Security, are foolish.

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Response to elleng (Reply #30)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:32 PM

91. Yup. n/t

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:30 PM

34. He should pick Wesley Clark

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #34)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:40 PM

44. YES, Summer!!!

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #34)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:25 PM

59. +1

Pick the guy that WON his war.

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #34)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:06 PM

71. I'm all for Wesley Clark...then Kerry won't have to leave senate seat.

Wes is perfect for the job and he's used to dealing and negotiating with heads of state.

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #34)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:32 PM

92. I agree. nt

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:30 PM

35. Can California afford to give us Senator Boxer? nt

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:32 PM

36. The Pres. will have to check with McCain first.

Our choice would be meaningless unless John approves.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:35 PM

39. Jane Fonda

Just to watch the republican's heads explode.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #39)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:22 PM

64. Thread win..

I am for just about anything that makes Republican heads explode.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #39)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:22 PM

69. Naaa, Sec of Defense

To really make heads explode

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:35 PM

40. How about Jim Webb?

He did great work in Burma/Myanmar and laid the groundwork for Hillary to get reforms there.
He's a respected name with a good resume, and he'd take zero seats out of the senate.

If not him, there's always Richardson, Gore, Daschle and plenty of others that won't lead to Scott Brown 2.0 and give the GOP what they want.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #40)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:57 PM

61. He seems like a pretty good guy, but why did he exit the Senate after just one term?

My take was he just loathed the Beltway mentality and the hostile infighting in politics. Would he even be amenable to returning to D.C. so soon?

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:37 PM

42. I'm with you, I want JK to stay put. nt

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:45 PM

47. Kerry is a great man but he needs to stay in the Senate

I do not want to reward McCain and his fellow idiots for their bad conduct

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:50 PM

49. I am sure there is some good republican Obama will pick.

Sickening

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #49)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:59 PM

52. So, tell us about your objections to Lawrence Wilkerson, please&thanks. I need to know if I'm making

a mistake.

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Response to patrice (Reply #52)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:02 PM

55. who? The Powell enabler?

That and there are approximately 115 million better democrats in this country.

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #55)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:20 PM

57. I get that, but what should he have done? Honest question here: Get himself thrown out of

the situation for encouraging his boss to disobey his boss?

Also, how do we know exactly what Wilkerson did or did not do? Couldn't he have had "the talk" and Powell decided against his advice?

If he did have "the talk" it is very likely that he should have had it in stronger terms than he apparently did, even to the point of offering to resign, so you point is valid, but I'm not sure that I know enough about this.

Did you see Wilkerson beat up on Cheney on the Ed Show Tuesday night? It was a genuinely wide-ranging critique. I was impressed. I was also impressed with him in '04 when he backed Kerry on energy issues against the War on Terror. He was saying then that the greatest threat to American security is environmental/energy not Muslim terrorists.

I really do like Kerry better and was a little surprised when he wasn't nominated in '08.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:02 PM

54. Gary Locke

Think about it: governed a state with a significant international profile, already served in the cabinet, currently a very effective ambassador to China. He'd be a great choice.

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Response to Proud Public Servant (Reply #54)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:00 PM

90. I was just thinking about Gary yesterday - good choice

very competent choice

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:04 PM

56. Wesley Clark for SOS

Clark and Howard Dean are two great Dems Obama has failed to utilized.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #56)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:21 PM

58. Right, EmeraldCity,

and rationale for failure to make public use of Wes has baffled, puzzled, and annoyed me.

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Response to elleng (Reply #58)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:41 PM

60. IDU

It's not Kerry's fault why Dean and Clark haven't been promoted. Don't know why people and Dems are making Kerry the enemy. He hasn't said anything.

If people have an issue with Obama slighting them, let him or the WH know.

That said, would not have a problem with the General in a cabinet spot.

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Response to politicasista (Reply #60)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:18 PM

63. I said nothing about it being Kerry's fault now

(even tho he appears to have slighted Wes when deciding who would be his/kerry's V.P. nominee.)
AND at the moment I don't see Kerry as enemy, but am concerned about retaining his Senate seat.

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Response to elleng (Reply #63)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:50 PM

73. Same "concern" here.

The SOS position is going to require such a highly qualified skill set there
really are not that many candidates I feel comfortable with.

Kerry is absolutely qualified but there is the obvious "concern"
with 2014 not looking like an opportunity to pick-up many
senate seats elsewhere.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:33 PM

70. Susan Rice.

 

I want the President to call her into conference, reaffirm his faith in her for the job, and appoint her as his choice for SOS. I want him to show some leadership with some brass for a change.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Reply #70)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:09 PM

75. sorry missed your post - see post 74

you know why I missed your post?

Because I am so friggen pissed off I can't see straight!

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:07 PM

74. Susan Rice, my second choice would be

Susan Rice.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:11 PM

76. Jeb Bush. He then couldn't run in 2016, and Hillary45 can win 2016 easier without Jeb in it.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #76)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:20 PM

78. I'm not sure I get you.......

 

He could easily present his resignation to the President and start his campaign. Granted since presidential campaigns now begin the day after the previous presidential election, he would have nearly not time to serve as SoS but service in the Cabinet doesn't make someone ineligible to run for President.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:13 PM

77. Donald Duck

 

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:29 PM

80. Lots of folks out there besides John Kerry

Wesley Clark would be my first choice, but I would also consider Richard Lugar (good on nonproliferation treaty), Jon Huntsman (although this would make him formidable for 2016), Bill Richardson and maybe Chuck Hagel.

For Secretary of Defense, how about Joe Sestak? Or Jim Webb? Or maybe it looks like it is going to be Hagel anyway.

Then there is always Joe Lieberman but I would vote to make him the first Ambassador to the new Palestinian State - that's karma biting you in the behind.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:41 PM

87. Wes Clark?

I do still have a soft spot for him, and all of his contractual/legal 'cannot take whatever position' stuff should be well-over by now ...

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Response to Myrina (Reply #87)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:32 PM

93. I think he'd be good, too. n/t

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:56 PM

89. 100s of qualified persons, 100s of ambassadors past and present, anyone except a recently elected.

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Response to center rising (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 04:06 PM

94. Kerry's fine, as long as we don't give his Senate seat to the rethugs.

He's probably the most qualified candidate for the job, given his experience in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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