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  •  Not a Good Idea (5+ / 0-)

    John Kerry has proven himself time and time again as verbose and ineffective. He ran a horrible campaign for President. We need him to maintain his current position to protect our gains in the senate.

    Even though I am a progressive of the first order, I suggest to everyone that Former Senator Richard Lugar would be both more effective in the SoS post, as well as a real thorn in the side of the  republican party that betrayed him. He is cleared at every security level, he has even better experience in foreign affairs than Kerry or S. Rice, and would be approved quickly. And he would operate unfettered by the republican fanaticism that has consumed his former party. He would be a shining example to his former party of how they need to change, and his service to his country would be acknowledged for the world to see we are not a country of mouth breathing crazies.

    I am sure this will not be a popular position here, but it would be a political coup for President Obama. He would get an honorable SoS, maintain the Senate majority, and leave the DoD to have a Democratic Secretary,also not Kerry. Bob Kerrey from Nebraska would fill this position with high competence and have the respect of the Military. He is the recipient of the Medal of Honor after all.

    Single payer IS the answer.

    by oofer on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:38:42 AM PST

    •  Lugar is 80. (2+ / 0-)
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      According to Fish, badlands

      We already know the job of SoS has made Hillary Clinton quite tired.   I don't know if Lugar would be able to keep up his the heavy demands of the job.   Otherwise, I would support Lugar in there since Obama trusts Lugar and Lugar has great foreign policy chops.

      Bob Kerrey for SecDef is also a great idea.

      •  I also could support Lugar (1+ / 0-)
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        but it really is a demanding position that I am not certain he would be up to.

        Hell, I'm several decades younger than Lugar and I don't think I could handle the travel required to be SoS.

      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        SoS is a demanding position . However, with powerful deputies and reasonable delegation of authority, The SoS position could adapt to a more Washington centric portfolio (i.e. dealing with congress and the Cabinet). Creating policy involve wisdom and political savvy. Richard Lugar has these qualities in spades.

        Single payer IS the answer.

        by oofer on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:45:00 PM PST

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    •  The Democratic Party in MA is quite strong (5+ / 0-)

      having lost only the Scott Brown 2010 race, really, since 2006. If the Democratic Party here is to be called "pathetic" I'd love to know what you think of it elsewhere.

      The fact is, though, that Scott Brown remains quite popular. If Kerry vacates the seat, it's a short-term Gov. appointee and a special election, just like after Sen. Kennedy's death. The fact is that the state GOP would unite behind Scott Brown if he chooses to run. The Dems have no candidate, other than Gov. Deval Patrick (who can't appoint himself and is highly unlikely to step down to run), who can match Scott Brown's statewide name recognition, and the party may divide in a primary as in 2009.

      We just worked our tails off here to get rid of Scott Brown. If the Kerry seat comes up in 2013, there's a good chance we could beat him again. But there's a good chance we couldn't. Seats in the Senate are precious. Kerry should stay where he is.  

    •  "Verbose and ineffective." (1+ / 0-)
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      Kerry is awful at press conferences.  Even when he's giving direct answers, he gives the impression of being illusive.  

      Even though it was a different time and a different war, a guy who threw his medals over the fence is not a good choice for Secretary of Defense.

      •  Sorry (1+ / 0-)
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        I served in Vietnam, as well as other theaters. I sent my medals to that fucker Nixon. Vietnam was a royal cluster. I am totally okay with Kerry's actions both in and after Vietnam. DoD could use a little less ass kissing, and more civilian control.

        Single payer IS the answer.

        by oofer on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:49:17 PM PST

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        •  Thank you for your service, (0+ / 0-)

          both in uniform and in protest.

          I agree with your comments.  However, in addition to Kerry's poor presentation style--or perhaps because of it--I don't think Kerry is up to successfully defending his actions.  I have no reason to believe that he'd do any better than when he was swift-boated, a horrible and undeserved attack, but one that was successful.

          I wish we honored those who question more than we do.

          Thanks again for your service and for your comments.

    •  Agreed! N/t (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

      by boran2 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47:32 AM PST

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    •  He advised Obama in the debates (0+ / 0-)

      And you saw the result. The first one was Obama off his game - the next two were Kerry telling Obama to go full throttle as Kerry did at the DNC. He has his mojo.

      •  Kerry advised Obama in the first debate, no? (0+ / 0-)

        And for the second one they got new/additional people in, as I recall.

        He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

        by Sophie Amrain on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:48:40 AM PST

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        •  Hello, that was Axelrod who wrongly (1+ / 0-)
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          advised Obama not to attack so much. Kerry did a great job. Every single account I have read was that Kerry did his job. It was Obama and advisers who made the wrong call for the first debate.

          May I also remind everyone that JK had no problems in any of his three debates with Bush, winning all three.

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