COMMENTARY | The American Spectator poses the question, what if John Kerry resigns as secretary of state? A lot of people, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have demanded that he do so because of his Israel apartheid state remarks.
To be sure that case for giving Kerry the royal order of the boot is a substantial one and goes beyond his snark about Israel. He has presided over a number of foreign policy disasters, not the least of which is Russia’s rape of the Ukraine.
However there is the small matter of who might replace him. The Spectator suggests that might be Samantha Power, the current UN Ambassador, who once called on the United States to invade Israel. That choice would certainly be worse that either Kerry or his predecessor. Hillary Clinton.
There would still likely be enough Democrats and even some squishy Republicans to confirm Power. But the appropriate reaction may be to say bring it on.
Think of it. Americans are already recoiling from the Obama regime for a variety of reasons, ranging from Obamacare to the economy to foreign policy. Nominating a person who once proposed a military invasion against an American ally would be just the thing to convince even more people that the country is being governed by crazy people.
Then again maybe, if the timing can be made right, Kerry can be run out of office in disgrace and dishonor sometime in January, when it is presumed that the Republicans will be running the senate. Then there would be no way that someone like Power could be confirmed. Then the Obama administration will be faced with the choice of either trying to insist that an ideologue be chosen or else send up the name of some safe, unassuming long term Foreign Service professional. It will be a hard job, handling the ruins of Obama foreign policy, but someone has to do it.