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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:13 PM

There is some serious cowardice going on here about John Kerry's seat. [View all]

I can't believe what I am seeing here. Everyone is playing Chicken Little about Kerry's seat should he get the job he's really wanted for years. I am going to break this down...

1. Some of you have attacked Kerry for even wanting to leave his Senate Seat.
Who the hell are you to make that call? If you worked at your place of employment for years, did an exemplary job and a position you wanted in the company opened up - how would you feel if you were told that you would never be allowed to get it despite your merits because they might hire someone that could be worse at your current position than you are?

2. Kerry is the BEST QUALIFIED PERSON for this position. There's not a person in Washington, Susan Rice INCLUDED who has his foreign policy experience and expertise.

3. Susan Rice is an Inner Circle Friend. Obama's fighting for her because she's close not because she is best qualified. Let's remember something here, not all of his inner circle friends have been good choices: Immelt, Geithner, Emanuel, Holder. All have been relative disasters. And just because Obama's OUR guy doesn't mean that we shouldn't question him on these choices. I remember hearing this nonsense the last time around and almost ZERO liberals made the Cabinet while quite a few conservatives did. We have a right to be skeptical here.

4. Rice's connections to Keystone might not be auto-disqualifying but it should give MAJOR pause. Especially with that Keystone fight still in midstream as it is right now. If we have learned anything, it's that NOBODY in Washington can be counted on to recuse themselves in situations where they will personally profit... even on our side (anybody remember Dianne Feinstein's role in Govt. Contracts to her Husband's company?).

5. We're wasting political capital from the election on Rice. Keeping this fight up means the media will keep spending time lying about Rice and Obama and Benghazi. If you don't think prolonged attacks from the media where they lie in unison about the President hurts, please check back to see how people turned against Obamacare for a long time and remind me how 2010 worked out. Kerry would make it through confirmation with flying colors.

6. Saying Brown will somehow automatically win the vacant seat in MA is total BULLSHIT. Sorry but it is. Yes he won in a special election before... because Martha Coakley was a fucking TERRIBLE candidate. That will NOT happen again. It seems so many of you forget how liberal the MA electorate tends to be. If there was one state where we can survive a special election, MA would probably be at the top of the list. I think the fact that so many of you are looking down on the MA voters the way you are in assuming a Republican will win twice there, EVEN AFTER he was just made to look like a total turd in the last campaign, shows that the paranoia here is way, way too strong.

Seriously grow a spine people. MA is winnable, I have no doubts about this. I also have no doubts that John Kerry is worth more to our country right now than just an extra vote in the Senate. Losing one vote doesn't change our majority there, nor does keeping him give us the magic 60 anti-filibuster number.

John Kerry is a good man and has served this country well. He would be an AMAZING SOS. Not that Rice wouldn't be good but the fight required to put her in the position takes away points with the public on bigger things... like raising taxes on the rich, extending unemployment benefits and protecting SS/Medicare, a much bigger fight which is already being waged.

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