, Newburyport, MA


December 1, 2012

The dilemma for a well-prepared Kerry


“Graham and McCain and the rest of the Republicans aren’t the only ones wanting her out of there. So are some on the other side of the aisle, but that buck should have stopped on the president’s desk.”

“Hillary saw to it that it wouldn’t by accepting State Department responsibility for the confusion over the killings,” I said.

“Which came not too late to have taken whatever edge there would have been for the Republicans to use for the election,” Freddy said.

“So much for the past, except for Kerry,” I said.

“Right,” Freddy said. “The past IS the prologue for Kerry. He’s been preparing himself to become Hillary’s successor for more than a year. Wants it bad. Doesn’t want anything else, and he’s earned it.

“Obama knows that. He also knows just how, and why, it took so long for the truth to be told about the killings, and that takes the bloom off Susan Rice’s rose.”

“Cover-up,” I said.

“That, or the old question being what did she know, and when did she know it, and what did Obama know as a consequence and when did he know it that makes it all the more headaches for everyone involved,” Freddy said.

“His win hasn’t cured all the headaches over that, and Kerry still has a big one not of his making,” I said.

“But he’s been as loyal and as patient as they come,” Freddy said. “He’s done everything he could to prepare himself. He’s well liked and appreciated by both sides of the aisle. All things considered, he still could get the job.”

“If not, it’s maybe because his Senate seat could be filled by Brown,” I said.

“Not necessarily,” Freddy said.

“Then who?” I asked. “Patrick?”

“A shoo-in if he wants it. Why not?” Freddy asked.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is

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