, Newburyport, MA


December 1, 2012

The dilemma for a well-prepared Kerry

”So,” I asked Big Freddy after he had settled himself in our booth “Done your Christmas shopping yet?”

“I’m with John Kerry,” Freddy said as he reached for his coffee cup.

“What’s Christmas shopping have to do with the senator?” I asked.

“We’re both victims of circumstance,” Freddy said. “I’m long past rushing to doing anything early besides getting out of bed, and he’s caught between a wish he’s had for a long time and a dilemma.”

“For Christmas?” I asked

“In a manner of speaking,” Freddy said. “It’s no secret. He had it long ago with playing second banana to our late and dearly beloved senior senator from the House of Kennedy, and then having to pick himself up and dust himself off after losing to Bush by a whisker for the presidency.

“Give the man his due. Those from both sides of the aisle have. He not only wants to be the next secretary of state, he’s been working at it, and he has both Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain backing him.”

“To make room for Brown after his loss to Warren,” I said.

“There’s that, but not by either Graham or McCain, or necessarily Brown,” Freddy said. “Brown’s taking it easy because he’s still young. He took his licking by Warren standing tall. There’s always tomorrow, and his sun will rise again.”

“There’s more to it for the State Department because of the bind the ambassador, Susan Rice, is in,” I said.

“The could-be successor to Hillary Clinton as secretary of state despite what she and the movers and shakers did to make a mess out of the killings of Ambassador Stevens and three staffers smack in the climax of the presidential race, and she had to take the fall,” Freddy said.

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