Officially confirmed: John Kerry, Secretary of State

posted at 6:51 pm on January 29, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

No surprises there, via ABC:

By an overwhelming vote of 94-3, the Senate has confirmed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be the next Secretary of State.

The vote was met with a long round of applause from those in the Senate chamber for the 28-year Senate veteran. He appeared on the floor, greeted by hugs and congratulations from his fellow senators.

Kerry voted “present,” in the vote for his promotion. Kerry will take office in the shadow left by outgoing Secretary of State Hilary Clinton…

Republican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn were the only dissenting voters, with Cornyn’s spokesman offering that the senator couldn’t go along with the vote because “Sen. Kerry has a long history of liberal positions that are not consistent with a majority of Texans.”

So, Kerry is officially in, and Clinton is on her way out, her last day being February 1st. As she’ll attest on Nightline tonight, she’s been prepping for the transition and is confident that Kerry will “pick right up where I left off and represent us around the world.” Meanwhile, Clinton had the opportunity to further reflect on her tenure at a State Department event on Tuesday afternoon, and cited Benghazi as one of her deepest regrets as secretary:


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Great. Now we have a traitor for president AND secretary of state.

The Rogue Tomato on January 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

One lier lies, the other one swears to it, and they both chose Herman Munster as the final fall guy, who states “I was born ready for it!”

Vntnrse on January 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The Senate Club never fails to please……..itself.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

This pathetic vote will be seared, seared in my memory.

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Rubio also voted for Kerry. I’m not really that concerned by this; he was always going to have the votes. Let’s pick our battles.

Firefly_76 on January 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Anytime they are ready. Any battle. Any battle at all. Anytime now.

Go!

Any battle at all. Just — Pick one. Any one, any one.

Axe on January 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

ha ha…Yep, pretty much…pick anything…do Something..sheesh

bridgetown on January 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

John Kerry, the immoral traitor.

He was only eligible to take the Senate Oath of Office AFTER then President Carter issued his Presidential pardon for Kerry’s treachery (affected Vietnam vets like Kerry who had commiserated while in service with the enemy, which Kerry did do).

Kerry could be pardoned but he’ll always be immoral.

Why the GOP voted to confirm him as SoS is a mystery to me — they have to have had a motive here but I fail to see what it is — but John Kerry as Secretary of State just ices the foul cake that Obama is all about communism. In Kerry’s case, as also Obama’s and many of his donors, it’s about a communist or Marxist Elitism.

Disgusting news, this.

Lourdes on January 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I guess the billionairess bought her guy a new job.

Lourdes on January 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Peeps, we were never going to get anyone better than this from Obama. I consider this a net plus for the country to get this fool out of the Senate. We need to not pile on the GOP here for this vote. Save your angst for the amnesty fight.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Well, now, OK, worth thinking over, that.

Lourdes on January 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

There was a time when slandering the military, lying to congress and consorting with the enemy would put you in prison, or maybe in front of a firing squad. Now you can become Secretary of State. Good going, Lurch.

RadClown on January 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Kerry married his funding for his way out of responsibility for his immoral character.

And then President Carter was ready to help out.

Lourdes on January 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

So I guess Rand Paul is ALL TALK??

WTF?? He gets all the credit for the tough questions and votes YES on Kerry??

Disgusting!!

LevinFan on January 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I just hope no foreign diplomats that he will deal with get the heeby jeebies from his lazy eye.

txmomof6 on January 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Or his icky lizard tongue.

Lourdes on January 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Peeps, we were never going to get anyone better than this from Obama. I consider this a net plus for the country to get this fool out of the Senate. We need to not pile on the GOP here for this vote. Save your angst for the amnesty fight.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

First I agree with alot of what you say.

However we all knew this disgrace Kerry was going to be confirmed. Especially with more than enough RINO’s like Grahamnesty, McLame, and McConnell to go along with it.

So know that kerry would be confirmed, why did the real so called conservatives like Rand Paul have to vote yes?? Why not even make a principled or symbolic protest type of vote?

Especially when Paul get alot of credit for the tough questions of Kerry last week. I’m sure many will remember or give Paul props for doing so and forget that he actually vote yes. So it helps his presidentail ambitions but shows us he can be a fraud just like the others.

Beck was sucking up to Paul on his show last week. I wish he’d call him out for this.

LevinFan on January 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Only Democrats could nominate and confirm a TRAITOR to such a high position. Thank you, my Texas Senators for voting NO on this piece of slime (and a hat tip to Oklahoma’s Inhofe too.)

Webrider on January 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Jane Fonda for SecDef? Anyone?\

I bet she’s get at least half the Pu##y Republican Caucus to vote for her confirmation.

Malachi45 on January 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM

So I guess Rand Paul is ALL TALK??

WTF?? He gets all the credit for the tough questions and votes YES on Kerry??

Disgusting!!

LevinFan on January 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Must be that Ronulan defeatist blood in his veins. Very disappointing.

Malachi45 on January 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Correction:

Congratulations to Jen-Jis Khan! And to all the Khans of the U.S.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Because memory is a terrible thing when it is wrong.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Damn it Axe you spelled it wrong! Genghis khan.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Just pathetic.

rayra on January 30, 2013 at 2:35 AM

That enormous sucking sound you hear is the USA sucking up to the rest of the world.

njcommuter on January 30, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Nice big hair: like an anchorman.

Sign of the RINO as well.

Beware the big hair.

Sherman1864 on January 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM

njcommuter on January 30, 2013 at 6:30 AM

more bowing to ensue….

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

And people continue to believe the country can be fixed thru the political process.

bgibbs1000 on January 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Rubio voted yes-another nail in his coffin of presidential aspirations.Pro amnesty,pro traitor.Shameful!

redware on January 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

“Reporting for doodie”

freedomfirst on January 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM

The United States has stepped a little closer to its coming demise. Kerry will help facilitate…

zoyclem on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Disgusting 60s traitor.

smoothsailing on January 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM

There is an upside to this clown car crash; Obuggerme will come to regret this choice. This microphone/camera hog will perpetually be seeking ways to address the public, and he will stray from the Obammunist game plan.

M240H on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

How many messiahs can Washington and their cult followers bear to worship at one time?

It gives a whole new meaning to…”one of the highest offices in the land.”

Don L on January 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

and he will stray from the Obammunist game plan.

M240H on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Stray? You mean like spend Christmas in Cambodia?

Don L on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Also, he can save the taxpayers some money by using his yacht to go overseas.

smoothsailing on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I absolutely despise the Ayatollahs in the Senate GOP however …

Actually … it’s hard to believe, but I’m thinking Kerry will be an improvement over Killary.

That’s not saying much – I think he’ll still absolutely suck but we were going to get someone radical anyway. You could turn down Kerry and tomorrow THEONE would be right back in there with another name more radical.

Use the political capitol on killing the Hagel nomination. Stand fast on that one I say. Though I have no illusions the eunuchs of the GOP will.

HondaV65 on January 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I’d be very upset with Rand Paul…IF there were anyone better in the pack of clowns, Commies, and harlots that we were likely at all to get.

Let’s face facts, folks. Obama would have come up with someone worse as easily as breathing. This is not a battle we can win.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM

As a MA resident I think this is great. We finally rid ourselves of that jerk.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Great, we have just replaced an incompetent idiot with a fairly competent one. Not a major improvement.

duff65 on January 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Sen. Kerry has a long history of liberal positions that are not consistent with a majority of Texans.”

Liberal views? Hell, I got some liberal views, they don’t involve treason. We’re to the point where it’s politically incorrect to call a traitor a traitor.

Buddahpundit on January 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

At least this cowardly politician knows where Cambodia is. Maybe he will give himself another medal.

Old Country Boy on January 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Do you think he’ll run again in 2016? I think after four years as SecState he might have the edge over Biden or Hillary. ?? Just curious if anyone else thinks he’s a potential contender? Trust me…I hope not. Either way, I love that we’re talking about previous losers running again – we see how well that worked out for the GOP – would love to pass that torch over to the Dems!

pecan pie on January 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Amjean on January 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM

My thinking on this matter is positioning for 2014 elections. There is a chance Scott brown can get voted into this vacant seat and the dems will have to spend lots of money to win the seat back in a year there is a real chance to flip the Senate. And who else would this odious scum in the White House have appointed that would be any better than Kerry? Obama’s people are all horrible so we might as well try to win this senate seat back this year.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM

This was done so Scott Brown could run? The Scott Brown who
posed naked in some magazine? The Scott Brown who recently lost?
The Scott Brown who is a rino through and through? OMG. These
repubs have lost their ever lovin minds.

And Rand Paul went along with this? How disappointing.

Amjean on January 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

It’s official: game over…

affenhauer on January 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

And Rand Paul went along with this? How disappointing.

Amjean on January 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I’m sad to have to report that his vote didn’t surprise me – the apple just didn’t fall far enough away from the tree in his case, did it?

On the other hand, I do believe Cruz is the real deal – we’ll see about this, of course.

Anti-Control on January 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Finally, someone who knows how to dress like a diplomat.

M240H on January 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

It’s official: game over…

Officially the game was over when Barry was re-elected.

hawkeye54 on January 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

And Rand Paul went along with this? How disappointing.

Has he given his reason for voting for Lurch?

hawkeye54 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Kerry should look great in Hillary’s pantsuits.

monster_man on January 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

It’s only appropriate that you replace a liar with another liar.

jediwebdude on January 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I’d love for some Hillary supporters to list her top 3 accomplishments as Secretary of State. What “shadow” is she really casting over the incoming Secretary?

hawksruleva on January 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

All those plastic surgeries have left him looking like a Muppet. When he speaks, his lips don’t even move anymore–just his entire jaw.

EddieC on January 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Stray? You mean like spend Christmas in Cambodia?

Don L on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Don’t forget he stated on many occasions it was Christmas in 1968 and he wanted to blame his president as well. He directed that aspect of his comment to Nixon, who wasn’t in office yet.

DanMan on January 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Traitor.

sauldalinsky on January 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Oh noes!

Q: How will Secretary of State John “Winter Soldier” Lurch defend Obama drone “war crimes”?

A: “…in a manner of Genghis Khan

/so progressive!

Terp Mole on January 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

“I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Harvard Crimson 10 months after returning home from Vietnam. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”

Our democracy is a farce; it is not the best in the world.

“More Than any other person, John Kerry is responsible for the false image of Vietnam veterans as dysfunctional misfits. Kerry betrayed all of us when he returned from Vietnam.” — Retired U.S. Navy SEAL captain with service in Vietnam, John Bailey

Much like coaches in the NFL, Elitist, Lying Career Politicians – many of who do not even like this nation or the ‘Average American citizen’ keep getting re-processed & moved around into different positions. THIS is what our Founding Fathers warned us about – career politicians versus the ‘jury duty’ approach – do your job short time then go home.

easyt65 on January 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Reporting for doody ‘n’ ready to halp us!

Christien on January 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

By an overwhelming vote of 94-3, the Senate has spit on every man and woman who has ever served in this country’s military.

CrustyB on January 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

the Senate has spit on every man and woman who has ever served in this country’s military

So, whats new? Many of them hold our military in contempt anyway. Our Imperial Senate has also been spitting for some time now on every citizen as well.

hawkeye54 on January 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The vote was a forgone conclusion. The tricky part was getting Tuh-ray-zuh to sign the permission slip.

Christien on January 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

The vote was a forgone conclusion. The tricky part was getting Tuh-ray-zuh to sign the permission slip.

Christien on January 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Of which she was quoted as saying, “Shove it!”

Myron Falwell on January 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Well, let’s see. Kerry has been wrong on just about every foreign policy issue in all the years he has been in the Senate. Yeah, this should work out well… especially with the Defense Department about to be headed by a dove who hates Israel and nuclear weapons and with the CIA about to be headed by a moron who thinks we have too much freedom of the press and that Hezbollah is “misunderstood” and does some good things when it is not blowing up U.S. Marine barracks or killing Jews.

Colony14 on January 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Maybe he can spend Christmas in Cambodia for real this time?

Everywhere I look we are being ruled by confirmed liars. We will never have an honest and open government when its made up of nothing but unrepentent liars.

Fellow Americans, shame on you!

Oh and you so-called “journalists” in the media out there, that whole “Ends justifies the means” thing generally doesn’t work out for anyone involved. You’ve sold your souls and now we will all pay for it.

Fatal on January 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

What a picture. I must say that as a general rule, liberals get disproportionately freakier and uglier with age.

kg598301 on January 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

God Bless Texas!

kg598301 on January 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Just another reason, after 40 years, why I left the Republican Party. Rewarding this jerk after what he said about RVN vets is a travesty.

RADIOONE on January 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

John Kerry; another turd floating in the administration toilet.

woodNfish on January 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

John Kerry, our new Secretariat of State.

supernova on January 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Handing over the baton from the ‘Super Sneak’ to the ‘Super Snitch’

RdLake on January 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Idiot that he is, Kerry will provide key entertainment as we go forward.

Hillary will have carefully booby-trapped her office (figuratively) because she will not want him to appear successful.

She says “I will write a memoir”. Hmmm, sounds like insurance-policy, to me, a warning if the administration feels like throwing her under the bus as future Benghazi details emerge.

virgo on January 31, 2013 at 12:49 AM

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