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  •  Agree. (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, abgin, gosoxataboy

    He's a star, which is unusual for a second term appointment.

    Usually, in a second term, they start giving lower profile candidates the jobs because they no longer need an "all star" pick.

    I suppose Rice would have been that lower profile pick.

    So, maybe, this will turn out for the best.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:03:03 AM PST

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    •  Star? (1+ / 0-)
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      drsampson

      Could have fooled me.

      •  Of course. (5+ / 0-)

        Former presidential candidate, current chair of the foreign relations committee.

        He's not some career bureaucrat nobody ever heard of.

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:19:17 AM PST

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        •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

          he is a real Michael Dukakis...(who I actually have a great respect for.)  Kerry ran an unforgivably incompetent campaign.

          and Jesse Helms was chair of the Foreign Relations committee.

          We would probably do better with a lackluster bureaucrat..who wasn't shopping for a cabinet position, any cabinet position.

          Lackluster bureaucrats with diplomatic competence make excellent secretaries of state.  

          •  Look at the polling numbers below. (2+ / 0-)
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            And get over 2004.

            Kerry's big mistake was selecting John Edwards as veep, which you probably agreed with.

            "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

            by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:34:07 AM PST

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          •  The hell he did (2+ / 0-)
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            NYFM, Zack from the SFV

            Kerry was the only Dem nominee to outperform his national average in the tipping point state (OH).  Which means he at least ran a better focused campaign than other nominees.

            None of Kerry's slip-ups (voted for before against, etc.) were all that substantive.  Certainly none came close to the 47% remark or picking Snow Snookie as a running mate. It's easy to portray any Senator as a flip-flopper.

            Bush was running as a wartime incumbant and shamelessly using every executive lever to assist his campaign (bogus terror alerts, steel tarifffs, etc.)  Kerry's only opportunities to take on Bush directly were the debates, and he wiped the floor with him.

            That being said, I agree Obama shouldn't nominate Kerry because keeping the seat is too important.  Obama didn't just foist Jan Brewer on us ahead of schedule.  He scuttled any chance at winning a seat in Kansas by nominating Sebelius to HHS.  He also nearly lost us a seat in Colorado by whisking away Salazar.

            •  Brewer wasn't even ahead of schedule (1+ / 0-)
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              Zack from the SFV

              She was profoundly unpopular among Republicans.  There is no way Brewer won her party's nomination in 2010 had Napolitano served out her full term.  Brewer's election was due to one thing: her signing of SB1070, which made her an absolute hero among Republicans.

              To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

              by sneakers563 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:46:11 PM PST

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      •  Yes star. Head of the SFRC former presidential (4+ / 0-)
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        elmo, MPociask, Bush Bites, gosoxataboy

        candidate.  Other than Clinton there is no one with as much stature in the Democratic party.  

      •  But don't take my word for it. (1+ / 0-)
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        From 2004:

        Global Poll Shows a Kerry Landslide
        Poll finds him preferred around world
        by Thomas Crampton

        PARIS -- If the world could cast a vote in the United States presidential election, John Kerry would beat George W. Bush by a landslide, according to a poll released on Wednesday that is described as the largest sample of global opinion on the race.

        "It is absolutely clear that John Kerry would win handily if the people of the world could vote," said Steve Kull, director of The Program on International Policy Attitudes of the University of Maryland, a co-sponsor of the survey. "It is rather striking that just one in five people surveyed around the world support the re-election of President Bush."

        http://www.commondreams.org/...

        From this week:

        47 minutes ago
        CNN Poll: Majority say Kerry pick for secretary of state good for country
        mug.steinhauser
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        CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser   

        Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans give a thumbs up to Sen. John Kerry becoming the country's next secretary of state, according to a new national survey.

        A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday indicates that 57% of the public says it would be good for the country if the senior senator from Massachusetts becomes America's top diplomat, with 32% saying it would be bad for the nation.

        http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/...

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:27:27 AM PST

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      •  He was a losing candidate for the Dems in 2004 (0+ / 0-)

        That's why he has high name recognition.

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