President Obama nominated Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, choosing an elder of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy establishment and a crucial political ally in the Senate to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“In a sense, John’s entire life has prepared him for this role,” Mr. Obama said, making the widely expected announcement at the White House. “He’s not going to need a lot of on-the-job training.”
With Mr. Kerry standing at his side, the president praised Mr. Kerry’s combat service in the Vietnam War and his three decades in the Senate, which Mr. Obama said had placed him at the heart of “every major foreign policy debate for the past 30 years.”
Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda.
But wait! There’s more!
Mr. Obama’s first choice for the job, Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, asked Mr. Obama to withdraw her name last week after Mr. McCain and other Republicans threatened to block her nomination because of statements she made after the lethal attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya.
That’s funny, I don’t remember Obama saying that his first choice was Lied Rice. Actually, Hillary Clinton was his first choice. That would make Rice #2. I wonder how Kerry feels about being third banana to two women?
Wingnuttia will be upset, but I expect an easy confirmation from the old boys club.