The handicapping began even before all the votes were counted. Thomas Wright, a foreign policy specialist at the Brookings Institution, posted on his Twitter account early Wednesday that the election “is very good news for John Kerry’s prospects for Secretary of State.” But others wondered whether the potential political implications of plucking up a leading Democrat lawmaker might prevent the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee from achieving what many close to him say is his dream job after losing the presidency in 2004.
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