GOP Says No to Rice but Loves ... Kerry?
Perhaps Republicans respect long-time senator ... or just want his seat
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 8:42 AM CST
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – The GOP may still be fiercely opposed to Susan Rice as the next secretary of state, but there's another Democrat that many Republicans seem to be solidly behind—John Kerry. The brutal criticisms Kerry faced as the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 have been replaced with talk of him as respected elder statesman, reports the New York Times. "I think he would do a great job," praised GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski. "Anyone who has worked with Senator Kerry knows his good, hard work ethic and his expertise on foreign relations." Similarly, Sen. Rob Portman called Kerry a "good choice," and Sen. John Barrasso confirmed, "I would support him."

Ironically, Kerry seems to be much less popular a choice with Democrats, as many members of his party are determined to get Rice the job, especially in the face of perceived unfair treatment by the GOP. (And the Times notes that the situation is "awkward" for Kerry, too, as he must support Rice rather than air his own well-known interest in the position.) Of course, Republicans aren't likely just pushing Kerry out of love and respect: If he were to become secretary of state, that would open up a Senate seat in Massachusetts, opening the door for Scott Brown to rejoin their ranks. Brown, for his part, would only say, "I don't deal in hypotheticals."

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Nov 30, 2012 11:18 PM CST
Bottom line...Sen Kerry is qualified and Amb. Rice isn't!
Nov 30, 2012 7:12 PM CST
Susan Rice has a conflict of interest. She purchased dirty oil sand Canada is sending to the U.S. $300,000. As Secretary of State she would have to argue for or against the pipeline. With John Kerry, all we have to worry about is Heinz Ketchup Tomatoes. He will be an excellent choice.
Nov 30, 2012 11:34 AM CST
The GOP is not pro-Kerry. Their abuse of Rice is all about giving Scott Brown another chance at the Mass senate seat that Kerry would vacate if he went to State. Like everything else the GOP does, this is dirty politics, not principle or honor.