Good news: Obama might pick John Kerry for Defense, Susan Rice for State

posted at 10:11 pm on November 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Time for the daily reminder that elections have consequences, and not just at the presidential level. If the GOP had found a way to get to 51 in the Senate, I’m thinking O might not have bothered nominating Rice. The temptation for Republicans to nuke her out of hand over her Benghazi disinformation would have been enormous. As it is, with 55 seats in the bank, why not?

President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.

Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations…

Rice’s description, days after the attack, of a protest gone wrong indicated that she either intentionally misled the country or was ­incompetent, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday. Rice, he said, “would have an in­cred­ibly difficult time” winning Senate confirmation as secretary of state.

But several White House officials said Obama is prepared to dig in his heels over her nomination to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton…

[A]dministration officials, one of whom described Kerry as a “war hero,” said his qualifications for the defense job included not only his naval service in Vietnam but also his knowledge of the budget and experience in the diplomacy that has increasingly become a part of the defense portfolio. They said the Democrats’ retention of the Senate majority, with a net gain of two seats, in last week’s election provided a cushion that allowed them to consider Kerry’s departure from the chamber.

Panetta implied today that he’d stay on for awhile longer, and refused even to say that he wouldn’t stay for O’s entire second term. I think the White House wants it that way, not so much for continuity at Defense for awhile but so that Massachusetts Democrats have time to recruit a solid candidate to challenge Scott Brown in the special election. Brown’s still popular now; if Panetta can wait a bit and give voters there time to forget him, maybe he’ll be less formidable in running for Kerry’s seat. Or maybe not and he’ll be reelected to the Senate for another few years, whereupon he’ll lose again in the regular election as Bay State voters dutifully line up for whichever liberal’s on the ballot that year. Massachusetts, man. Massachusetts.


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Let it burn.

The Rogue Tomato on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Clowns to the left, jokers to the right……….. Damn. :(

ThePrez on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I just let out a very depressed laugh.

cjv209 on November 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I’m not sure if I can dig this bunker any deeper, I’ve already got magma seeping in.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

We’re all gonna die.

TXMomof3 on November 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Sigh.

Dingbat63 on November 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Left nut, right nut who’s the dick in the middle…

Caper29 on November 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

A cold chill just came over my body.

If that doesn’t make your hair stand on end – nothing will.

To think – we had dreams of Bolton as SoS

gophergirl on November 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Shut it down. Shut it all down ……

portlandon on November 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

stupid lunatics.

tom daschle concerned on November 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

It’s an obvious insult to the Defense community. They’re not even masking their contempt at this point.

badtemper on November 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Let it burn.
The Rogue Tomato on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

So sick of that “woe is me” talk. The “let it burn” garbage is getting old. Some of you are bigger crybabies than the Democrats were after 2000 and 2004.

bluegill on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Wouldn’t Susan Rice have to be confirmed by Congress?

Oh well.

Let. It. Burn.

#Revenge

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Elections have consequen…..oh forget it.

Were gonna die.

portlandon on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

gophergirl on November 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

You know, we are practically neighbors. We could doomsday prep together.

TXMomof3 on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

“You rang?”

spinach.chin on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

John “Winter Soldier” Kerry as Secretary of Defense?
Kerry and the military go together like diarrhea and sleeping pills; either way you’re going to wake up to a hell of a mess.

What’s next? Tim Geitner in Finance? Oh wait…….

mad scientist on November 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Kerry for SoS? Well, he can speak French.

TXUS on November 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Let it urn:

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The price of gasoline should be capped at $0.05 /gallon in blue states, unlimited in red states. #econlesson

davidk on November 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

SecDef, I meant.

TXUS on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

You know, we are practically neighbors. We could doomsday prep together.

TXMomof3 on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

We could meet up with Bishop who is half way and we could start on our underground doomsday bunker village.

gophergirl on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Kerry, God forbid for Defense but Rice will go nowhere when Benghazi will break, which it now will, within 10 days.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Lurch won’t go until the MA state legislature changes the law AGAIN so Gov. Deval Patrick can appoint a senator to replace him. After all, they can’t ALWAYS trust the voters to do their will to vote Dem. Only 99.9% of the time. God, I hate this state.

BRunner on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

aaaaaahahahahahahaha!!!

Let it self immolate

Ugly on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Brown for the other senate seat, then.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I laughed out loud but I would not put it past Obama to nominate someone with a military career as dishonorable as Kerry for Secretary of Defense, not that it would stand a chance, but Obama hates this country to begin with and this would just feed his own narcissitic ego.

Ellis on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Let it burn. Then gather the ashes and burn them again. Then gather all those ashes and launch them into the sun.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

So sick of that “woe is me” talk. The “let it burn” garbage is getting old. Some of you are bigger crybabies than the Democrats were after 2000 and 2004.

bluegill on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

You’ll be even sicker of the “woe is me” talk after we Let It Burn.

davidk on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

As SecDef, maybe Kerry could “get him a huntin’ license.”

TXUS on November 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Secretary Ghengis Khan…

… What is he going to do when he finds out Obowma is selling arms to Islamists?

Seven Percent Solution on November 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

gophergirl on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

That’ll work. I’m all in.

TXMomof3 on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Burn Lake WOEbegone.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

…wow!…after what happened to the people in the middle-east…they just want to put a cherry on the recruiting sundae!

KOOLAID2 on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

As SecDef, maybe Kerry could “get him a huntin’ license.”

TXUS on November 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Could you imagine the reception he would get when he visited the troops? We thought the reception they give Barry is cold.

gophergirl on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Won’t Kerry have to answer for his treason at the confirmation and produce his discharge papers?

Buddahpundit on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Who would expect less from this administration?

“C” people surround themselves with “F” people.

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

You guys are so picky. I mean how can you have a real Keystone Kops administration unless you have Keystone Kops in each of the top slots? Sheesh, tough crowd.

txmomof6 on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Let it burn. Then gather the ashes and burn them again. Then gather all those ashes and launch them into the sun.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Where you at, Bishop? I’ve already got a bus ticket with a FROM (IL). All I gotta do is fill in the “TO.”

davidk on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I am following the lead of the guy from Pittsburgh. I will fly my flag upside down starting tomorrow. The country is in great distress. I assume I will have to fly it that way for four years or more. God help us, and God save America!

ultracon on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Kerry for SoS? Well, he can speak French.

TXUS on November 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

And surrender like them too.

badtemper on November 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Look at it this way. O’s second term is destined to be 1000x more incompetent than the first. I wonder how many ambassadors will suddenly resign? popcorn.

and deposing Kerry from the Senate would be a good thing.

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Let it burn. Then gather the ashes and burn them again. Then gather all those ashes and launch them into the sun.

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Keyser Soze style…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Test Balloon and lets hope it is a lead one.

Well he is up for election in 14′ and if he leaves soon they could have a seat warmer get a head start on the election or even a ground game for a special election. Even after a “huge” win with Chief Commie they still worry they could lose without Obama on the ticket of a mid-term of special election in deep deep blue Mass. They still fear Scott Brown type of win.

tjexcite on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Kerry war hero? Is that the same Kerry who spent less then a full tour in the Nam, got three purple hearts and never spent a single night in the hospital for any of his hearts? And as I recall he put himself in for the three hearts.

As a vet who spent 12 years in the military, the last 8 years one month and 12 days as one of Uncle Sams Misguided Children, a tour and a half in the Nam followed by almost a complete year as a patient in Portsmouth Naval hospital I pi$$ on Kerry.

McCain Hater on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Firefly_76 on November 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

After seeing what happened to Christopher Stevens, I cannot believe they haven’t all turned over their badges. Power and prestige is only useful if you are alive.

TXMomof3 on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Won’t Kerry have to answer for his treason at the confirmation and produce his discharge papers?

Buddahpundit on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

We’ll get that shirtless FBI agent on it right away.

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

What could go wrong?

Electrongod on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

John F’ing KERRY……

DESPAIR Conservatives!!!!!!……

And the Rest of The World……..

williamg on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Why the long face, John?

Kerry and Rice?

Sounds like a dish best served cold.

The O-buffet is getting more and more bizarre.

profitsbeard on November 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

The Liberal Progressives got over 50% of the National vote, the Presidency and the Senate.

Let ‘em do what they want.

I, however, REFUSE to pick up, nor at, the remains.

Ever.

Farmer on November 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Flash: Obama to nominate Bernie Madoff for Sec Business

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Let it burn.
The Rogue Tomato on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

So sick of that “woe is me” talk. The “let it burn” garbage is getting old. Some of you are bigger crybabies than the Democrats were after 2000 and 2004.

bluegill on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Wishing for the federal government to implode in a spectacle that will make Greece’s collapse look like a freaking trip to Disney World isn’t “woe is me.”

I WELCOME the implosion. This is going to end badly. Let it. Deprive the 57,000,000 Obamabots of their Obamaphones and their nationalized Pell Grants.

Let them SUFFER. Let them RIOT in the streets. Let them RAPE, PILLAGE AND KILL just like their fellow Occu-pests. They, and the anti-American Socialists masquerading as “liberal Democrats” are the ruination of this country. Give them their just deserts.

LET. IT. BURN.

Myron Falwell on November 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Libs: “House negr0! Tool of the white man! Oreo!”

Sane person: “It’s Susan Rice not Condi Rice.”

Libs: “Oh. Rice is a brave African American helping us all in these difficult times!”

Bishop on November 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

God have mercy on our military.

JellyToast on November 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Any pick he’ll make will be partisan and a poor choice. Hes not gonna choose a moderate or anyone folks here will like. The senate will rubberstamp it all. Not sure what we can do about any if this right now but we need to find better candidates than Akin Mourdock McMahon et al…. and republicans in there better keep their noses clean and grow some backbone.

ldbgcoleman on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

What else is expected from this most incompetent fool… And F will hire an F…

mnjg on November 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Kerry at Defense? Like keaving Hannibal Lecter in charge of the asylum.The upside getting him out of his cush Senate seat and Scott Brown another bite at it.

jeffinsjvca on November 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

This is awesome news. Let them own it and eat cake too!

donkichi on November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.

Good. So now we know who will be in charge when Iran strikes NYC and DC with nuclear missals at the same time they wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

Myron Falwell on November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

God have mercy on our military.

JellyToast on November 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

hear..hear..:(

Dire Straits on November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

He headed a group that voted on assassinating Republican senators while he was head of the group. Does the fact that they were a few votes short make him qualified? Did he bring the matter up for a vote himself or was he somehow unaware of the vote? I guess he’ll have to be asked about that during the confirmation hearings.

I’m thinking maybe a Republican who headed a group that voted on assassinating Democrat senators might run into some problems at a confirmation.

Buddahpundit on November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Might as well go for the trifecta.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz to head up CIA.

What a pile of assclowns.

fogw on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Susan Rice for state??!?

&%@#!!!

God help us.

thirtyandseven on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

While I’m at it;

The conservatives lost the election because the “Big Guns” of the Republican Party, in their totally self-serving idiocy, REFUSED to allow the Tea Party access to the electorate, refused to allow those same people whom easily WON the day back in 2010 to provide any sort of meaningful assistance nor help.

You wanna assign BLAME for this?!?!?!?!?!?

Walt Kelley said it best: “We have met the enemy, and he is US!!!”

Wave that at your party leaders. Show it to their minions, shout it from the housetops!!

WE WUZ ROBBED!!!!!

Farmer on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

What could go wrong?

Electrongod on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Big time cluster..:(

Dire Straits on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

This is good news. So is Alan Grayson being back in Congress. It’s the party of clowns.

forest on November 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

John F’ing KERRY……

DESPAIR Conservatives!!!!!!……

And the Rest of The World……..

williamg on November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Didn’t John F’ing Kerry serve in Vietnam? I heard some rumors as to that effect, but I’ve never been sure… he sure is coy about it…

Myron Falwell on November 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I laughed out loud but I would not put it past Obama to nominate someone with a military career as dishonorable as Kerry for Secretary of Defense, not that it would stand a chance, but Obama hates this country to begin with and this would just feed his own narcissitic ego.

Ellis on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Are you sure that Kerry has no chance of being the Secretary of defense? The traitors have 55 votes in the Senate… He is assured to be confirmed if nominated…

mnjg on November 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Oh, hell, we are all doomed if this occurs. The disarming of the United States.

SC.Charlie on November 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I think they should get nancy pelosi as sos her seat is safe. If youre going big…

ldbgcoleman on November 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

This is awesome news. Let them own it and eat cake too!

donkichi on November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Funny you should mention cake. Union dimbulbs are eating crow:

“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/article_a27e262c-ee54-5bf1-9f18-5c6c4c187f15.html#.UKF7pBemv2I.twitter

davidk on November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

If Obozo nominates Lurch to SecDef, he’ll be confirmed. And to think-Bush 41 couldn’t even get John Tower confirmed.

Travis Bickle on November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I’m sure our military, you know, the ones who’s votes were stolen, yeah those guys and gals, are thrilled of this possibility…

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Screw up, move up.

And so the party of the big unions sees one of the most reliable dynamics of the working world applied to the highest levels of government.

Gingotts on November 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

LET. IT. BURN.

Myron Falwell on November 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

+1

wytshus on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Maybe Kerry can give himself that elusive 4th Purple heart ….

conservative tarheel on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

So I guess “tossing medals over a fence” will be part of basic training now under a J Effin’ Kerry military?

sgtstogie on November 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

How about Silky Pony for Attorney Genral?

forest on November 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

So I guess “tossing medals over a fence” will be part of basic training now under a J Effin’ Kerry military?

sgtstogie on November 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

A new Olympic sport too!

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Marion Barry for drug czar…

d1carter on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Let me get this straight,,,

CIA is broken. FBI is broken. DOJ is broken. State Dept is broken. Congress is broken. Whitehouse is broken.

What isn’t broken? Is there anything left?

wolly4321 on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

So sick of that “woe is me” talk. The “let it burn” garbage is getting old. Some of you are bigger crybabies than the Democrats were after 2000 and 2004.

bluegill on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

And your solution is? *ears at the ready*

Absolutely nothing wrong with helping the addict get to bottom quicker. Why waste time?

kim roy on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Maybe Kerry can give himself that elusive 4th Purple heart ….

conservative tarheel on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

As Ms. Broadwell said: “He’s got a purple heart on? Oooo! Send him up!!!!”

profitsbeard on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

So sick of that “woe is me” talk. The “let it burn” garbage is getting old. Some of you are bigger crybabies than the Democrats were after 2000 and 2004.

bluegill on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Let. It. Burn.

#Revenge

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Let it burn.

The Rogue Tomato on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

We’ll burn with it but whatever at this point. I got a 8×5 flag on my wall, I’m thinking of hanging upside down as a distress signal.

Yakko77 on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

“You rang?”

spinach.chin on November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Hee hee

kim roy on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Marion Barry for drug czar…

d1carter on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

rofl..That is hilarious..:)

Dire Straits on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I’m sure our military, you know, the ones who’s votes were stolen, yeah those guys and gals, are thrilled of this possibility…

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

And to think I thought things were bad serving under Clinton….

Yakko77 on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Kerry is Obama and the Left playing mind games with conservatives. Revenge…remember? So Lurch was swiftboated and that unfairness along with the glory days of the anti-colonialist oops i mean anti-war movement come home to roooooost! Glory be the day!

r keller on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

The best way for a narcissist like Obama (or any given dictator) to hold control of government is by placing the most incompetent yet most loyal supporters in positions of relative power, then control that position from behind the scenes. Positions like FBI or CIA director or Education Secretary will go to competent people, these are the positions that control our privacy and control the indoctrination of future generations. Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State are generally less important in context of Obama dictating his foreign policy and his control over the military.

Lawrence on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Won’t Kerry have to answer for his treason at the confirmation and produce his discharge papers?

Buddahpundit on November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

John F’n Kerry might actually have to produce his military records? That’ll be the day.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I need one of those Lee reloaders.

wolly4321 on November 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Good news: Obama might pick John Kerry for Defense, Susan Rice for State

Does it matter?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Funny you should mention cake. Union dimbulbs are eating crow:

“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/article_a27e262c-ee54-5bf1-9f18-5c6c4c187f15.html#.UKF7pBemv2I.twitter

davidk on November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Hostess is too big to fail, I see a bailout coming. Rename it Government Twinkies.

You’n git Bam Pho and Twinky too, y’know?

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Hostess is too big to fail, I see a bailout coming. Rename it Government Twinkies.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Up twinkies!

profitsbeard on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

John Kerry for Defense? It would serve the generals right! But what about the troops? What about the troops/ Actually, the generals would probably like, maybe even love Kerry as he is a treacherous lying B-astard like them.

VorDaj on November 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I’m good with BBQ’ed squirrel and rabbit.

wolly4321 on November 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

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