John Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State

It's official. The Senate voted today 94 to 3 to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State.

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    See that Texas' new Senator Ted Cruz (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by christinep on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:49:06 PM EST
    voted against Kerry today.  Hmmmm.  Cruz seems to say on another issue of the day -- immigration--that he doesn't go along with the bipartisan Senate workgroup.  Either he has been out-maneuvered by his colleague Rubio or he is going to look like a far right outlier.  (Now, which SCt justice did he clerk for?)  Fascinating.

    Sen. Cruz is a Tea Party favorite, who .... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:35:13 PM EST
    "Sharia law is an enormous problem."
    -- Then-U.S. Sen. candidate Ted Cruz (July 6, 2012)

    ... manages to make his predecessor, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, look like the second coming of Bella Abzug. Texas voters foisted a true right-wing crackpot on the U.S. Senate.


    Scott Brown Wishes Kerry Well (none / 0) (#1)
    by Michael Masinter on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:54:32 PM EST
    As he plans his return to the Senate.  

    Scott Brown's lucky he doesn't live ... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:24:31 PM EST
    ... out here. With white people comprising only 29% of Hawaii's population, the racist dog whistle freak shows in which his staff and supporters took part during his failed 2012 re-election campaign against Elizabeth Warren would go over in the islands like a lead balloon.

    Personally, I don't consider Brown to be a nice guy, nor can I take him seriously as an adult, and I sincerely hope that Massachusetts voters ensure that his one-third of a term as U.S. senator remains the flukish highlight of his political career.


    Based purely on my (none / 0) (#4)
    by dk on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:32:39 PM EST
    own opinion/observations of what happened in the last election here in MA, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Scott Brown won't win (if he runs), assuming, of course, that the Democratic nominee runs a halfway decent campaign.  

    It wasn't just the reacist dog whistles...he ran a very negative campaign in all senses last year, and burned bridges in the process.  


    SITE VIOLATION - SPAM (none / 0) (#7)
    by MO Blue on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:30:30 AM EST

    If the Republicans really believed... (none / 0) (#8)
    by unitron on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:10:39 AM EST
    ...all those horrible things they said about Kerry in 2004, you'd think maybe some of that would have come up before they rushed this vote through.

    Unless of course they had their own selfish reasons to see him change jobs.

    But still, that does leave every GOP Senator who voted for him open to a far right swiftboating when primary season comes around again.

    Could be, for them, a combination of "be careful what you wish for" and "may you live in interesting times".