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Obama To Nominate Sen. John Kerry As Hillary Clinton's Replacement


With Susan Rice out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when Clinton stepped down, all eyes turned to John Kerry, the Democratic Senator whom many assumed was high on President Obama's shortlist.

Well, turns out those people were right: it was reported late last night that the commander-in-chief plans on nominating Kerry, currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and an advocate of equality.

Republicans have already indicated that Kerry would breeze through the nomination, one of the reasons UN Ambassador Rice stepped aside. They prefer Kerry not only for his foreign policy acumen, which Rice also has, but for the fact that his ascension to Secretary of State would get him out of the Senate, potentially freeing up some space for the GOP, though not for a little while.

CNN lays out how a power transfer would unfold:

If nominated by the president and confirmed by his colleagues in the Senate, Kerry would leave Congress, and Deval Patrick, Massachusetts' Democratic governor, would appoint a replacement.

By state law, a special general election is required to take place 145 to 160 days after a vacancy occurs. So if Kerry were nominated, confirmed, and then stepped down on January 21 (Inauguration Day), the election would take place between June 14 and June 29, with primary elections being held six weeks earlier.

Whoever wins the special election would serve the final year and a half of Kerry's term and would then be able to run again for a full six-year term in office in the 2014 midterm elections.

The formal announcement should be coming early this week.

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  1. Ugh! Three steps forward and two back. I am disappointed by this. Kerry for SOS is not a step forward. You can't tell me there are not other equally qualified persons for this job.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Dec 16, 2012 12:16:22 PM

  2. Obama the balless wonder bends over to take GOP senators up his ass again. Forcing Susan Rice to step down was shameful. They want Scott Walker back and Obama open the door for him. Whether its a budget fight or an appointment Obama shows he doesn't have the stomach for it. If not for Biden he never would have taken a stand on same sex marriage.

    Posted by: terry | Dec 16, 2012 12:23:22 PM

  3. Personally I think this is a mistake. I have never been fan of Kerry and don't believe he will do a very good job.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 16, 2012 12:23:33 PM

  4. I know I'm going to sound a little paranoid, but does anyone else imagine that GOP strategists were objecting so vehemently to Susan Rice b/c they were hoping for Kerry all along?

    If Kerry leaves the Senate it opens a special election in Massachusetts, the same kind that brought Scott Brown after Sen Kennedy passed.

    Remember, they're consumed by this stuff; I don't put it past them.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Dec 16, 2012 12:40:07 PM

  5. Once again, a stellar example of why Democrats can never maximize their advantages and will always capitulate to the Republicans. America is doomed.

    Susan Rice is the perfect replacement for Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Ms. Rice would have continued the excellent work that Secy Clinton has done in restoring America's prestige and influence in the world community. Ms. Rice has been excellent as our UN Ambassador.

    Instead, we will get a boring, bland, know-nothing, white guy--John Kerry--who brings nothing to the table except that for his own vainglorious reasons, wants to be Secretary of State. The man is a nothing and a nobody. Susan Rice was the best choice.

    Not only that, but we now get Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate again. One more Republican vote against progress and sanity.

    Pres. Obama capitulated once again to the Republicans over a nomination that had yet to even happen. This does not bode well for any of us who voted for Obama and the Democrats this past November.

    If Obama rolls over on this one then what will happen with the budget negotiations or any other legislation important to moving American forward? I am pessimistic and Obama's cowardice shows why America will never be a progressive nation.

    The Republicans lost the presidency and some Senate seats but they still control the psychology of this nation. They still control the public narrative. They still sustain their power to keep America a regressive state.

    This is disappointing. I am ashamed that President Obama gave in on a fight that was worth having. It was worth having to expose yet once again that Republicans are racist, misogynists who absolutely hate women and progress and anything else that is good and decent in this world.

    This is the clincher for me as far as Obama and the Democrats go. Expect more sell-outs. Expect more regression. Expect the Republicans to further advance their retrograde agendas (e.g. Michigan this past week).

    Uruguay. Here I come.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 16, 2012 1:13:28 PM

  6. Leave it to Obama to nominate an American TRAITOR.

    Posted by: syttendemai | Dec 16, 2012 2:01:26 PM

  7. I agree with everyone here. Use Executive Privilege and get Rice into office and kick the GOP in the balls. We do not need Senator Kerry in office. His time has passed!Obama I voted for you because you were progressive and showed backbone in your debates and not some gelded bipartisan diplomat.

    Posted by: Brian in GA | Dec 16, 2012 2:06:24 PM

  8. @SYTTENDEMAI| A traitor? Please elaborate?

    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 16, 2012 2:30:00 PM

  9. Are there no young qualified people available ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 16, 2012 2:54:26 PM

  10. I would hate to see this happen. It's a lot like what Obama did when he assembled his first cabinet. He chose a democratic governor from Arizona and left it in the hands of a gin soaked tea-bagging crone and now look at it. This opens a safe senate seat for the repugs to vie for and after the whole Scott Brown fiasco who knows what might happen in Massachusetts.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 16, 2012 3:08:34 PM

  11. Played right into the GOP hand, force Rice Out, put Kerry in Voila!! Scott Brown back in the house..... What a horrible disservice to Sen Elizabeth Warren and the thousands of volunteers who worked to get her in the Senate...... and we have NO ONE in MA capable of beating Brown.

    Posted by: aj | Dec 16, 2012 3:47:17 PM

  12. I'm not sure why you guys are upset about Susan Rice. The Republicans already said they would filibuster her nomination, and all attempts to be reasonable with them failed. Appointment to the Cabinet requires the consent of the Senate. Nominating Ms. Rice, knowing that should would not be confirmed, would just be a dog-and-pony show so the President could say, "I didn't let them let them tell me what to do." In the end, her nomination would have been filibustered and she would not have been confirmed. Nominating Ms. Rice and then failing to get her confirmed would make him look even weaker.

    When you're told something isn't gonna work, and then you do it anyway, you better make damn sure it works in the end; otherwise you risk looking weak.

    But like others, I'm nervous about leaving an open Senate seat for the Republicans (who actually have a chance at winning that seat). That's how Arizona ended up with Jan Brewer as Governor. Obama appointed Janet Napolitano, and crazy Ms. Brewer was next in the line of succession to take over as Governor.

    Posted by: John | Dec 16, 2012 4:04:52 PM

  13. Any chance Deval Patrick decides to run? He would seem like the best candidate for Dems.

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 16, 2012 6:45:11 PM

  14. I am sorry but John Kerry has the personality of a damp dish rag. He is not someone I, in any way, want diplomatically glad-handing foreign dignitaries in times of peace or crisis.

    Posted by: Bollux | Dec 16, 2012 7:21:13 PM

  15. He'll be the most boring and long winded SOS in history. Perhaps he'll bore our enemies to death or something. Otherwise, it's meh. I'm sure he wants to be SOS, so his leaving the Senate is essentially voluntary and not the president's fault.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 16, 2012 7:50:28 PM

  16. Scott Brown is not going to run so soon after just having lost. That would not look good for any politician. I've heard Ed Markley is the likely Dem. candidate. He's a great choice IMO.

    Posted by: Stefan | Dec 16, 2012 8:31:51 PM

  17. Still waiting SYTTENDAMAI. I figured you were just going to throw your shots and be too gutless to back them up.

    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 16, 2012 9:10:14 PM

  18. So 'Progressives' are mocking and hating on a fellow 'Progressive', a guy who has been a good friend of the 'Progressive' cause[s], because he's a 'He' and is 'White' and 'Old'?


    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 17, 2012 9:28:14 AM

  19. I'm in MA and yes, it's possible a Republican could win his seat.

    Why would a senior U.S. senator, who could realistically remain in power for years to come, basically as long as he pleases, resign from the senate to be SOS for a lame duck president?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 17, 2012 9:31:17 AM

  20. Wah, wah, wah......listen to all the little woman-idolizing man-hating queens in a dither because they will no longer have a "diva" as Secretary of State and will have to endure a straight, white male, among the few left in the Democratic Party.

    I am glad to see how miserable it is making you.

    Of course, John Kerry is at least ten times more knowledgeable about foreign policy than Susan Rice will every be, but let's not let that get in the way of the little b!tch session......

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2012 10:48:01 AM

  21. Jamal49: Our win will be Uruguays loss. As they say "don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 17, 2012 11:04:55 AM

  22. If Kerry replaces Clinton, i doubt he will be a disaster like some have predicted. And how is his time past when he is still a senior senator. So much bitching and whining.

    Old and White- what a tolerant and liberal statement.
    Young and Qualified- ageism rears its ugly head.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 17, 2012 1:08:13 PM

  23. @Ratbastard: probably this is where he wants his career to end. Might as well put in another term in office, then enjoy his money full time.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 17, 2012 1:12:04 PM

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