Shame on Obama for giving Republicans exactly what they want with Kerry as the new Secretary of State.
Far more shame for “America First” Republicans for engineering Kerry’s placement only so they can get a chance at a Senate seat.
I could forgive Obama if, as is likely, he actually believes that Kerry is the best person for the job—something that seems likely considering that he’ll be giving up something rather significant to get Kerry.
Republicans, however, are a completely different story. They are not trying to get the best person appointed. They are not trying to get someone more conservative nominated. They are doing all of this—to an extent, probably also fiercely opposing Chuck Hagel for Defense as well—for purely strategic and unprincipled political reasons.