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John Kerry’s Elizabeth Warren Dilemma
Boston Magazine ^ | 10/5/2012 | Jason Schwartz

Posted on 10/06/2012 1:31:47 PM PDT by presidio9

If Washington, DC, is a city of poorly guarded secrets, perhaps the least well guarded is Senator John Kerry’s desire to be secretary of state. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she will not return for a second term in that role, and if President Obama is reelected, Kerry would certainly be a favorite for the post. From his emergency diplomatic relations with Afghanistan to his work chairing the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Kerry has been one of Obama’s go-to guys for international affairs. Considering that our senior senator was among the first high-profile politicians to support Obama’s presidential bid, you could even say that the president owes him one.

So what, short of a Mitt Romney victory this November, could thwart Kerry’s ambitions? An Elizabeth Warren victory.

With control of the Senate so tightly contested between the two parties, Warren’s race with Senator Scott Brown could well decide whether the D’s or the R’s hold the majority. So suppose Warren beats Brown in a tight vote. Also suppose that Obama wins reelection, and Kerry is given the keys to the State Department.

That would mean Massachusetts would need a new senator, of course, so just like when Ted Kennedy passed away, Governor Deval Patrick would appoint a temporary one immediately, then hold a special election in 145 to 160 days. It’s not hard to imagine Brown running for Kerry’s seat. It is hard to imagine who’d run against him on the Democratic ticket, especially since the Dems will soon need a gubernatorial candidate as well.

“Where are the Democrats going to find a credible candidate for governor and a credible candidate for Senate if Kerry is successful?” wonders Philip Johnston, a former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman. With Patrick’s term up in two years, Johnston points out, candidates like the rejuvenated Attorney General Martha Coakley or state Treasurer Steve Grossman might choose to hold off on a Senate bid and instead run for governor (besides, we’ve already seen how Coakley versus Brown plays out).

You could trot out all the names we’ve already heard: City Year cofounder Alan Khazei, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, our various representatives in the House, but none of them inspires much confidence against a candidate as tough as Brown. “I think there is a bench issue right now for the Democrats,” Johnston says.

It could well be that if Obama wins again and taps Kerry for his cabinet, he’d be handing a crucial Senate seat back to the GOP. That doesn’t seem like something the president would want to do. So while we’d like to think we know who Kerry will be voting for in this November’s Senate race, one of his colleagues might just want to check his ballot.


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Kerry's only job recently has been preparing BHO for his debates. Got to wonder how the President's performance in the first debate reflects on Senator Kerry's competance.
1 posted on 10/06/2012 1:31:54 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
"...Kerry has been one of Obama’s go-to guys for international affairs."

Says all you need to know about this administration right freaking there.

2 posted on 10/06/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (Liberals support abortion on demand and gay marriage....sounds like a great strategic plan!)
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To: ScottinSacto

I wouldn’t go for Kerry unless it was for Heinze catch-up !


3 posted on 10/06/2012 1:40:30 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (An armed society .. is a polite society !)
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To: presidio9

Yeah, it does reflect on “President [in his own mind]” John Kerry.

Also shows the low level of brain power that Zero has.
But, we were assured in ‘08 that he was a great orator and well spoken yadda yadda blah blah blah..
..but unplug his telepwomper and he becomes a babbling blithering imbecile.

Also speaks to the mythology the Dems have built around their losses in 2000 and 2004 and their candidates therein.
They honestly believe that Kerry was just so wonderful, that the election was “stolen by Diebold” from him.
That’s why he’s prepping their people in this election.
What can possibly go wrong?
*snicker*


4 posted on 10/06/2012 1:43:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: presidio9

Not that this article’s conclusions aren’t plausible, but the scuttlebutt from Howie Carr last week is that Scott Brown and John Kerry (despite political differences) have a good personal relationship where behind-the-scenes favors have been done in the past for both sides.

Howie thinks that’s the main reason why you won’t see Kerry campaigning for Warren.


5 posted on 10/06/2012 1:43:52 PM PDT by Kingosaurus
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To: presidio9

Was J. Effin’ Kerry ever in Vietnam?


6 posted on 10/06/2012 1:43:55 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I think Obummer must have found the jar of Teresa Heinz Kerry’s gin-soaked raisins before the debate.


7 posted on 10/06/2012 1:44:07 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: presidio9

John Kerry has a lot of foreign policy experience. He was in Vietnam, don’t you know? And he met secretly with the North Vietnamese in Paris to negotiate our surrender.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 1:47:27 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: presidio9

What does the Mass Constitution say? In New York the sitting governor could just appoint someone for the remainder of Kerry’s term. That’s how we got the former HUDD huckster Kristen Gillibrand.


9 posted on 10/06/2012 1:58:21 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Cicero
“And he met secretly with the North Vietnamese in Paris to negotiate our surrender.”

Stop it with your Republican smears. Kerry met with both sides... The North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong.

10 posted on 10/06/2012 1:59:02 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: presidio9

Having Kerry prep Odumbo for the domestic policy debate worked so well, I hear they’re going to get Jane Fonda to brief him before the foreign policy segment.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 2:05:38 PM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW!)
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To: presidio9
Kerry's only job recently has been preparing BHO for his debates.

Kerry "had a plan" since 2004. No one still knows what it is.

12 posted on 10/06/2012 2:12:30 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: presidio9

If the governor appointed Caroline Kennedy temporarily as Senator if for no other reason than to raise her profile and she then ran in the special election, would she have a prayer against Scott Brown?

Can the temporary Senator run, legally, ethically? Sorry, scratch ethically these are Mass Democrats, ethics are no hurtle.


13 posted on 10/06/2012 2:13:22 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: BerryDingle
Kerry "had a plan" since 2004. No one still knows what it is.

Marry richer and richer women.

14 posted on 10/06/2012 2:25:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Fitzy_888

I would think it would be too late for Caroline Kennedy to establish Massachusettes residency. She was born in NYC, moved back there with her mom a week after her father was assassinated, and has pretty much lived here her entire life.


15 posted on 10/06/2012 2:49:01 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Fitzy_888

My bad: Jackie kept the kids in Georgetown for a while after dad died, but officially moved to NYC in the spring after their townhouse became a popular tourist destination.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 2:50:46 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Hey, a POS for SOS. Sounds great.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 3:05:59 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: presidio9

The more possible scenario is Brown beats Warren bad, gets six years. Romney beats Obama. Kerry resigns before the people string him up. His likability ratio has to be under 30 percent. A Republican, like Sean Bielat, becomes governor and another Republican wins “Kerry’s” seat.


18 posted on 10/06/2012 3:09:59 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: Cicero

The frankenstien monster’s bolts are loose in his neck, where’s your boat docked lately?


19 posted on 10/06/2012 3:10:30 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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20 posted on 10/06/2012 3:15:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: presidio9

21 posted on 10/06/2012 3:22:17 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: pabianice

This FRAUD won’t have to worry about that position anyway after November. In the unlikely event THE FOREIGNER cheats his way into a second term we would be better off having NOBODY fill the shoes of the disaster HILLARY.


22 posted on 10/06/2012 3:30:54 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: spawn44
It's hilarious that John Kerry is being thrown under the bus for inadequate debate preparation. No one, including John Kerry, had the guts to get in Obie's face and challenge him, like a debate opponent was likely to do.

These people do not live in Realville.

23 posted on 10/06/2012 5:00:40 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: presidio9

If you will remember, Caroline’s brief candidacy in NY collapsed into a bowl of quivering stupidity, from which she will never recover.


24 posted on 10/06/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: Fitzy_888
Caroline Kennedy?

Isn't she, you know, the daughter of, you know, a former, you know, president or something?

25 posted on 10/06/2012 7:00:27 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Fitzy_888
Originally, the Governor appointed a replacement. When Romney was Governor, the libs freaked out at the possibility of him appointing a replacement for John Kerry (who was in Vietnam and soon to be in the White House) so they switched to a special election.

When Ted Kennedy was on his deathbed, they freaked out over the loss of a supermajority in the senate. Now the Governor appoints a temporary senator until the special election.

26 posted on 10/06/2012 7:04:18 PM PDT by RagingBull (Talent does what it can; genius does what it must)
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To: Humble Servant
If you will remember, Caroline’s brief candidacy in NY collapsed into a bowl of quivering stupidity

Based on their record with the Kennedys, including unrelated politicians who legally changed their name to Kennedy and won their race, I betting on the Massachsettes electorate's willingness to overlook quivering stupidity. They are about to elect a senator who willfully falsified her own racial history for professional gain for decades.

I thought Caroline's problem was her residency, but it turns out she inherited a huge land holding on Martha's Vineyard, so I have no doubt that some court will recognize that as her primary residence if it comes to that.

27 posted on 10/06/2012 7:11:03 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: RagingBull
The 17th amendment requires a special election whenever there is a vacancy in the Senate.

"When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct."

It doesn't say how soon the election must be held. What they did in 2004 was to provide that Romney would not be able to make a temporary appointment of a Republican if Kerry won the Presidential race; then when Teddy died they changed it so that the Democratic governor could appoint a Democrat for the interval until the election (essential if the Senate was to have a filibuster-proof majority).

28 posted on 10/06/2012 7:28:35 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Fitzy_888

They changed the rule when Kerry was running for President because the Gov would have appointed a Reublican.


29 posted on 10/06/2012 8:28:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: presidio9
If Washington, DC, is a city of poorly guarded secrets, perhaps the least well guarded is Senator John Kerry’s desire to be secretary of state... and if President Obama is reelected, Kerry would certainly be a favorite for the post. From his emergency diplomatic relations with Afghanistan to his work chairing the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Kerry has been one of Obama’s go-to guys for international affairs.

My Gawd how pathetic. John Kerry for Hillary Clinton - it's hard to believe but it would be a step lower.

30 posted on 10/07/2012 3:54:12 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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