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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Bye-bye Keystone?

predator on January 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Why the long face?

couldn’t resist.

Micah on January 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

A horse walks into a bar…

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

He speaks French, right?

predator on January 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

WTF? Rand Paul voted to confirm?

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

And he’s an expert on “Jenjhis Khan.”

predator on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

hurray… a traitor as the SoS… now the circle is complete.

CPT. Charles on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Traitorous liar. America is in decline.

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Watch Cornyn move right for two reasons:

1) he can’t hide behind Kay Bailey any more
2) he trying to fend off a primary fight he knows he will lose

I fully trust Inhofe and Cruz voted their convictions. Look how many losers we have in the GOP senate.

DanMan on January 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Brainless, gutless, GOP full of a**-fu**ing NancyBoys.

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Well at least Cruz didn’t vote for this anti-American! If you had a tiny thought dear hill was bad you haven’t seen anything yet with kerry!

God please help our Republic and Israel with this man as sos, thank You.
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letget on January 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

a traitor as the SoS… now the circle is complete.

CPT. Charles on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Yep. A complete effing mess this country is.

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

So who wins this vacant seat in the special election? Can you believe fauxchohantis is now the senior senator from MA after only a month??!!! Too funny!!!

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The Jihadists should be thrilled!

Opposite Day on January 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

“… and cited Benghazi as one of her deepest regrets as secretary:”

What differnce does it make…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I hope they perform the colonoscopy so McCain gets to vote on amnesty!

RovesChins on January 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The Republican Party just made things much, much worse.

madmonkphotog on January 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

The KGB gets yet another posthumous win.

Count to 10 on January 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

a traitor as the SoS… now the circle is complete.

CPT. Charles on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Yep. A complete effing mess this country is.

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Oh, and how our enemies rejoice at their incredible good fortune.
Sickens ones stomache does it not?

RavingLunatic on January 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

So watch your back, Jenjiss Kahn!

Chuck Schick on January 29, 2013 at 7:03 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

No support for any R that voted to confirm this traitor.

D-fusit on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

So kerry was ‘Unfit for Command’ as president but now the worse president we have ever had bho finds kerry ‘fit’ for sos?
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letget on January 29, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I want to know why Rand Paul voted for this creep.

Amjean on January 29, 2013 at 7:06 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

A traitor for SOS. Let the dysfunction continue.

JPeterman on January 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Save your angst for the amnesty fight.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

We’ll lose that one too ‘fraid to say.

RavingLunatic on January 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

she’s been prepping for the transition and is confident that Kerry will “pick right up where I left off ….”

Of this, I have no doubt.

SailorMark on January 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Yeah, but think about how dashing a figure he’ll cut as he climbs those stairs to the airplane!

Dack Thrombosis on January 29, 2013 at 7:09 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

The repubs voted FOR this creep so they could get him out of the senate? What committee was he on that he was f***ing up? Details
please.

Where were the swiftboat people on this one? Who was Obama’s
second choice? That must have been so bad they voted this one
in?

Not that it matters. Whomever is in this office is only rubber
stamping what Obama dictates. However, do we even have principles
any more?

I am disappointed in Rand Paul? Why? You were the only one
who gave an appearance of being principles. (Ted Cruz also).

Amjean on January 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Ahhh, alas, a political career is reborn.

petefrt on January 29, 2013 at 7:11 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

It makes me want to just put my head down on my desk and cry.

And, I want these repubs to tell us “why”. If they have good
reasons then so be it. However, they just do whatever the heck
they want and we are supposed to take it. I am so over all of them
(or 99.9%).

Amjean on January 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM

WTF? Rand Paul voted to confirm?

I noted on the day he supposedly took horseface to the woodshed over the difference between bombing Cambodia and Libya that while I gave him brownie points as far as he went, it was all for show and he ultimately failed, as did everyone else, to connect the dots and drive home the argument that Kerry was not qualified to represent the US…better rethink boywonder Paul…at this point he’s all talk.

ironmarshal on January 29, 2013 at 7:13 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.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Sorry, but as Secretary of State Thurston can potentially do much more damage to America than he has as a Senator-if you examine his “record” in that department he’s been pretty much an absolute failure, other than his work with assorted military committees. In decades as a “Senator” he has however been very successful in getting MA Post Offices named for assorted supporters! And the Swift Boat dudes never had a problem with him being a Senator (several of them even endorsed him!) but they realized he would be dangerous as Commander in Chief, which is why they formed in 2004.

And now as SOS, he could actually be responsible for Americans being killed (see his “predecessor”).

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Did you know he served in Vietnam?

RadClown on January 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

No support for any R that voted to confirm this traitor.

D-fusit on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Cruz is looking very good so far…

Anti-Control on January 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Will John Edwards be his undersecretary?

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

We saw how bad Hillary! screwed up everything. Can’t wait to see how Lurch will surpass her. Given that ‘incompetence’ is a hallmark of this administration.

Uh, does Lurch even know where the State Dept is located?

GarandFan on January 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM

What does that make? 40-something Republicans voted to confirm an avowed left-wing climate change warrior who slandered his fellow soldiers, and doesn’t pay taxes on his yacht.

Are we really gonna keep voting for these clowns?

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SAMinVA on January 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Will John Edwards be his undersecretary?

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Breaking… John Kerry names undersecretary: Pee Wee Herman.

petefrt on January 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Kewl. Now he’ll be going on a global vacation.

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Teresa Heinz-Kerry will be the face of America around the world.

I’m sorry, World.

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Will John Edwards be his undersecretary?

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Sure, why not, that’s how far we have fallen. Heck, why not Anthony Weiner?

JPeterman on January 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I noted on the day he supposedly took horseface to the woodshed over the difference between bombing Cambodia and Libya that while I gave him brownie points as far as he went, it was all for show and he ultimately failed, as did everyone else, to connect the dots and drive home the argument that Kerry was not qualified to represent the US…better rethink boywonder Paul…at this point he’s all talk.

ironmarshal on January 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Agreed. Hillary schooled him too.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Why would Kerry vote ‘present’? Is this some oddball custom or what?
Doesn’t he have enough confidence in himself as SoS to vote for ‘aye’ his sorry butt?

When I ran, a out a hundred years ago, for President of my homeroom in HS, I knew I was more than capable and voted for myself.
Is this some weird arse kind of false humility, or what?
Typical Kerry bs.

marybel on January 29, 2013 at 7:28 PM

What a travesty.

xmanvietnam on January 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Did you know he served in Vietnam?

RadClown on January 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Really? I thought it was Cambodia where he got a Purple Heart for that self inflicted scratch on his arm.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

No support for any R that voted to confirm this traitor.

D-fusit on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The President is entitled to his cabinet choices absent some extraordinary cause to block a choice. No such reason exists for Kerry, however insufferable he may be and no matter how harmful his 40-year-old Senate “winter soldier” speech was.

Outlander on January 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Kerry is such a nothing. SOS is a big deal, and they give it to someone who had done nothing and doesn’t seem to be all that bright.

earlgrey133 on January 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Really? I thought it was Cambodia where he got a Purple Heart for that self inflicted scratch on his arm.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Cambodia, seared… seared in his mind.

petefrt on January 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The vote for this traitor should have been along party lines. He will be even worse than the incompetent Clinton.

Basilsbest on January 29, 2013 at 7:38 PM

The President is entitled to his cabinet choices absent some extraordinary cause to block a choice.

Outlander on January 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Says what law?

Ronnie on January 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I don’t really get what the motivation was for the R’s to vote for him. Shouldn’t they just have let the D’s vote him through?

Count to 10 on January 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Someones riding into the Senate. Whos that I see? Why, its Scott Brown. Well done.

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

The President is entitled to his cabinet choices absent some extraordinary cause to block a choice. No such reason exists for Kerry, however insufferable he may be and no matter how harmful his 40-year-old Senate “winter soldier” speech was.

Outlander on January 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Being a traitor and tax evader come to mind.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not that it changed the outcome, but nice to see Sen. Inhofe sticking to his guns and not voting for John “Global Warming” Kerry.

ptcamn on January 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Genghis khan

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM

More proof that congress consists of people that don’t have a freaking clue. What a bunch of elitist, good ‘ole boy, a-holes. They have no morals, no spine, and if you think they are there to support your views, I have a bridge in North Dakota to sell you…… Despicable….. even a traitor to the country can be the secdef. I guess throwing his medals (or somebody else’s) over the fence at the White House, or a hugely questionable three months in SE Asia qualify him. He called Bush a liar. What an effing disgrace. God help us ….. it will take decades to undo what the communist in the WH and his minions are doing to us.

ultracon on January 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Republican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn

Two of these three have backbone..

..and the third is a Ruling class squish.

PappyD61 on January 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

So much for Rand Paul being a principled Senator huh?

Mr. Arrogant on January 29, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Obviously the qualifications for secdef are miniscule. And it helps if you are a traitor. They could have gotten a better person if they had floated resumes out to Iran.

ultracon on January 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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

A communist loving surrender monkey!

Who a few years ago said something to the fact that our troops were illegally entering homes in the war zones and terrorizing people when they were searching for the bad guys. He will never change. John VN 69/70)

John 5 on January 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Kewl. Now he’ll be going on a global vacation.

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I’ll . . . go get the credit cards.

*sigh*

I never imagined a day would come where all these halting, loping, drooling, bouncing, clapping, laughing, cartoonish, pointless, worthless, self-aggrandizing, hugging, winking, high-fiving, grandstanding, greedy, grasping, clawing, gnawing, covetous, gluttonous, hedonistic, fangled, mangled, foppish, noxious, abnoxious, and dissimulating specimens of every possible stinking combination of every single putrefying idea bear-skinned men have ever banged from their own rocks while smiling like idiots and guffawing — would be the entirety of the government of the United States.

Axe on January 29, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I can think of nothing at this moment more symbolic of the disgraceful state of this once great nation than John F’in Kerry being made its Secretary of State. A vainglorious, preening gigolo with the intellectual acuity of a gnat and the congenital dishonesty of a Clinton.

Oh, wait. I can think of something even worse: The entirety of the United States Senate applauding this sorry state of affairs.

God help us all.

Rational Thought on January 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM

MY senators are better than YOUR senators.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

DeMint/Scott voted to confirm too??

Nutstuyu on January 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Congratulations Attila the Hun and all the U.S. Huns too!

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

MY senators are better than YOUR senators.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Glad to see you made it alt. ; )

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

epublican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn were the only dissenting voters

So little Marco voted for Magic Hat Kerry. McCain and Graham have trained their new puppy well.

VorDaj on January 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Congratulations Horse face.

b1jetmech on January 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM

This is a sad day for a great nation. What a supreme slap in the face to all those who have served valiantly.

Only saving grace is that Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn voted against this travesty.

can_con on January 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM

The President is entitled to his cabinet choices absent some extraordinary cause to block a choice.

Outlander on January 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

If that were true, there would be no reason to have a vote.

VorDaj on January 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

After he (along with other Vietman War vets) ‘gave their medals/ribbons back to their country’, now Kerry has the opportunity to give away the entire country.

socalcon on January 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Perfect fit for the department of sh^t… John Kerry reporting for doody

phreshone on January 29, 2013 at 8:23 PM

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 the Constitution.”

Cleombrotus on January 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Republican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn were the only dissenting voters,

three senators with some courage..disappointing Rand Paul voted for him……what a bunch of spineless politicians now in the republican party..pretty pathetic really

sadsushi on January 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Someones riding into the Senate. Whos that I see? Why, its Scott Brown. Well done.
tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

A male Olympia Snowe will not help you.

Cleombrotus on January 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

sadsushi on January 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Very disturbing.

Cleombrotus on January 29, 2013 at 8:30 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

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

Should have been Secretary of Defense – that would have been perfect.

Chuck Bagel as Secretary of State would have been the icing on the cake.

A traitor in charge of national defense and a joooooo hater in charge of foreign policy. What difference does it make at this point?

CorporatePiggy on January 29, 2013 at 8:48 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

Where’s the magic hat, Jawn-Jawn?

mojo on January 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Who is his Muslim handler? Gonna be tough to top Huma now that she is preparing to ghost Hills Presidency.

BL@KBIRD on January 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

No doubt this pompous tw@t fancies himself Dean Acheson reborn. No doubt the world sees a society gigolo with a store-bought gravitas.

M240H on January 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Far less dangerous in his new job than in his current one.

unclesmrgol on January 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Far less dangerous in his new job than in his current one.

unclesmrgol on January 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Here Here.

Let’s hope Rush quotes you tomorrow… Because he should.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Thank heaven for the Swiftboaters. They did this country a service. Too bad this war hero pretender was ever elected to office in any capacity.

iamsaved on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Really? I thought it was Cambodia where he got a Purple Heart for that self inflicted scratch on his arm.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

That too. I also hear his imaginary adventures in Cambodia are ‘seared’ in his memory.

RadClown on January 29, 2013 at 9:28 PM

WTF? Rand Paul voted to confirm?

Jaibones on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Sure, they’re looking out for us. The GOP figures that the Communists will give us something down the road like at least a moderate Supreme Court Justice or the like. It’s called “compromise” and it’s done wonders for us I tellya!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Far less dangerous in his new job than in his current one.

unclesmrgol on January 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Let’s hope so, seeing how the person he’s replacing did such a bang up job. Let’s hope we don’t have another Benghazi.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

That too. I also hear his imaginary adventures in Cambodia are ‘seared’ in his memory.

RadClown on January 29, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Kind of reminds me of someone else, who claimed to land under sniper fire. They’re all friggin’ liars. Every one of them.

chewmeister on January 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

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

(:->)

Republican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn were the only dissenting voters

…get those three out…THEN BURN DOWN THE SENATE!

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

NO says TEXAS

Momma on January 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Lurching backward.

CW on January 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Secretary Gigolo!!

Sorry, but I see no reason to offer respect to John Kerry.

tom on January 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Wait, isn’t he the haughty, French-looking Democrat who by the way served in Vietnam?

(h/t James Taranto)

tom on January 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Like dog crap on your shoes. You try to scrape it off, but a trace of stink always lingers. Any one out there have a cancer voodoo doll?

RdLake on January 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

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