Jumping Ship

Is Elizabeth Warren about to become the senior senator from the Commonwealth?

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 in cred ibly 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…

I wouldn’t have thought Kerry would leave for anything less than State, but he’s never really thought of himself as a mere senator. Ted Kennedy was a lout and a louse, but his constituent services were second to none. (Scott Brown kept several Kennedy staffers on just for that purpose.) Kerry can hardly be bothered.

Allahpundit assumes Scott Brown will run for Kerry’s seat (the people’s seat), but Governor Patrick has the (recently restored) authority to appoint a successor (even himself?) until a special election can be held.

I heard a discussion on the radio of what Patrick’s plans are for himself. He had a post-election lunch with Obama in Washington, it is reported, and David Axelrod was Patrick’s campaign manager before serving as Obama’s. I’d say it’s a better than even money that Patrick runs for the presidency in 2016. The question is, what’s the best platform from which to do so? Being a first-term senator is not ideal, but it worked for Obama. There was even some talk of Patrick taking over as Attorney General, but now it sounds like Holder’s staying.

It’s like they’re playing a game of musical chairs around the Cabinet table.

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