Wednesday, January 30, 2013

America, your new secretary of state

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Not sure if this is better than winning the Cup, but it's close.

Congratulations, Senator (soon to be Secretary) Kerry:

The Senate Tuesday confirmed President Obama's nomination of Senator John F. Kerry to be secretary of state, handing the Massachusetts Democrat a redemptive career victory that ensconces him in an elite echelon of national leadership nine years after his failed bid for the presidency.

The 94 to 3 vote was the final hurdle for Kerry, whose nomination soared through the Senate...

Kerry met virtually no resistance, as his colleagues on both sides of the aisle lauded his 28 years of service in the Senate and his deep experience in international affairs, most recently as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is expected to give a farewell speech in the Senate on Wednesday and will be sworn in as Hillary Clinton's replacement in a Department of State ceremony later this week.

It was a sure thing. (The three loser Republicans are Inhofe, Cornyn, and Cruz, by the way.)

It's still shameful what happened to Susan Rice, a well-qualified candidate who was viciously assaulted by McCain and his vindictive pals, but I've long admired Kerry, and he's a fantastic choice to guide U.S. foreign policy.

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