'He’s bored with being a senator'
I can't vouch
for the Track's Someone Who Knows source. But the quote above rings true about Kerry. He's run for president. He lobbied for secretary of state. I think Peter Porcupine's idea is brilliant: 'Give him the job he was born for - ambassador to France.'
... P.S. - Note that Ted didn't want Hillary anywhere near his own health-care team. Her selection as SoS may turn out to be inspired. But ...Update
-- David Corn
thinks the most important appointment yesterday was Gen. James Jones as national security adviser. Seth
wonders if Jones and Clinton will soon be clashing over Israel. But that assumes Secretary of State Clinton still holds the same views as Senator Clinton, who was under electoral pressure in New York to be as pro-Israel as possible.Update II
-- From Reader A:
John Kerry is just not cut out to be a senior senator/committee chair. His best moments have been investigations (such as BCCI) in which he has shown enterprise and courage. But he has no apparent aptitude for handling complex, long-term issues -- in part because he's not good at putting a staff together. (This was the best argument against electing him President, although considering the alternative....) Ambassador to France isn't a bad idea. I imagine that he's under some pressure to stay in the Senate, where Massachusetts might otherwise be represented by the two very junior members pretty soon (but does he care?).