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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:57 AM

Washington Whispers About Who Will Be Next Secretary of State

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Washington Whispers About Who Will Be Next Secretary of State
Apr 16, 2012 12:00 AM EDT
Leslie H. Gelb
Handicapping the race for secretary of state.



Next to guessing whom Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate, there’s no more delicious fruit on Washington’s tree of gossip than the identity of the next secretary of state. It remains a position of transcendent importance, especially in a new world where everyone seems to live and throw garbage in everyone else’s backyard. The prospects generally lack the public presence and star power of most Foggy Bottom occupants—Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and Condi Rice, for example. And they certainly don’t rival Hillary Clinton, who is determined both to stay until January and not be a lame duck. Doubt not that she has the will, standing abroad, and popularity at home to walk from office with head high.

The contenders for both President Obama and Romney are basically inside professionals, very well known and respected by peers and foreign leaders. But they lack the stage presence of their immediate predecessors.

Obama’s list centers on John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; and National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon. According to insiders, Obama is thinking Kerry would travel a lot and successfully, and interfere least with policymaking. Susan Rice’s blend of soft and hard line sits well in the Oval Office. Donilon is regarded as the wisest policy and political head.

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babylonsister Apr 2012 OP
madokie Apr 2012 #1
Arkana Apr 2012 #2
RockaFowler Apr 2012 #3
NYC Liberal Apr 2012 #8
Tax Man Apr 2012 #4
GoCubsGo Apr 2012 #5
GermanDem Apr 2012 #6
lillypaddle Apr 2012 #11
CTyankee Apr 2012 #7
JNelson6563 Apr 2012 #10
TBF Apr 2012 #12
JNelson6563 Apr 2012 #9

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:10 AM

1. Kerry or Rice seems to be a good fit to me

Both would make us proud and thats where its at. If we're feeling proud that means they are doing a good job.
Notice that I don't include the republicons in this as they don't matter 'cause they are a bunch of anti-American traitors and not much more.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:04 AM

2. Not Kerry. Please not Kerry.

I don't want to go through another goddamn special election because we lost his seat. Not again. Please not Kerry. He needs to stay in the Senate.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:22 AM

3. I agree

Look, we lost quite a few Senators and Governors because the President put them in his cabinet. Look at the disaster that is Arizona for one.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:23 AM

8. Yeah, please not any senators or governors.

Not that I don't think Kerry would do a great job. But I'd rather avoid exactly the situation you describe.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:09 PM

4. napolitano

 

she's already sec. of homeland security, and arkana\fowler's worries about appointing kerry are valid

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:45 PM

5. I hope Wes Clark is on that list.

I think he'd be a better choice, given his background.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 02:12 PM

6. YESS!!! He would great!

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 07:01 PM

11. Yes!

and he would have the gravitas.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:13 AM

7. Susan Rice appears to be the best situated to make the switch from UN amb. to SoS, IMO.

She has excellent cred and has worked for Clinton's State Dept. and with the international community at the UN. Plus, she is a bright, up and coming woman. We need more women in leadership positions and she has earned it!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:54 AM

10. +1

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:56 PM

12. She would be a great choice and I also like Kerry staying in the Senate. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:53 AM

9. I vote for Stephen Colbert.

And he'd be the most popular SoS in history.

Julie

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