With Senator John Kerry (D-MA) likely to soon become Secretary of the State that has created an opening in the Senate. One of the first prominent politicians to officially announce their desire to replace Kerry is Democratic House member Ed Markey.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 21, 2012 9:42 am|
Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will become the next nominee for Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton and creating another Senate vacancy.
President Obama will formally announce the nomination today at the White House, according to sources. He is not expected to face much resistance in the Senate for confirmation. Kerry will likely recuse himself from the confirmation hearings, since they would take place at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he chairs. But there’s no word on when or if Kerry will step down from the Senate, the timing of which triggers a series of vacancy laws in Massachusetts.
|By: David Dayen Saturday December 15, 2012 1:00 pm|
Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source.
This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for the job, along with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Rice took herself out of the running this week.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday November 1, 2012 8:00 pm|
Never do I feel so powerless and deflated in my role as a citizen as I do toward the end of an election season, but 2012 is quickly reaching a new level of awfulness. I just can’t wait for this to be over. From the top of the ticket on down (except for a few bright spots I’ll get to later), the dispiriting sense that “winning” can only be called such because losing is flat-out unthinkable, given that almost half of the electorate is evidently willing and eager to elect into office a party that holds them in utter contempt.
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 11, 2012 3:05 pm|
Elizabeth Warren had what by all accounts was a solid debate performance last night, punctuated by a pivotal moment where Warren ripped aside the moderate mask Scott Brown has been trying to wear this whole campaign. He tried to come across as a staunch defender of women’s rights, but Warren would have none of it, highlighting Brown’s votes against equal pay and women’s health.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 1, 2012 2:00 pm|
The past two years of Congress fighting with President Obama has dramatically turned the American people off to the idea of divided government and the Warren campaign is exploiting this development. It is working to make sure people see a vote for Brown as a vote for a Republican-controlled Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 28, 2012 12:12 pm|
Traditionally, Americans have not considered it important to have both Congress and the Presidency controlled by the same party, but that has changed dramatically this year. According to Gallup, a record number of Americans would prefer having both branches of government controlled by a single party. A large plurality, 38 percent, would prefer one party control.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 28, 2012 8:18 am|
Scott Brown casually mentioned that he, in fact, was a real estate attorney, who ran a small practice out of his home. He apparently was the guy who came to your house to do a real estate closing, a cog in the mortgage wheel. And he did this for the past nine years, encompassing all of the major years of the housing bubble.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:10 pm|
I would guess there is no shortage of Massholes in the greater Boston area willing to smile smugly while delivering a tomahawk chop and the kind of war whoops you would hear on Saturday morning cartoons to make a “joke.” My question is why Scott Brown couldn’t find people not on his staff to do it.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 22, 2012 11:30 am|
I tweeted my commentary on the Massachusetts Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in real time, so no need to go much further on it. Basically you saw an incumbent Senator clearly behind in his own internal polling, so he decided to go hard negative. Warren wasn’t flustered by it and played the front-runner role of sticking to her script. You would have thought she was the incumbent. And it showed.