Senators from both parties have embraced the possibility of Senator John F. Kerry being nominated for secretary of state, a reflection of the chamber’s clubby ways, Republican self-interest in getting Senator Scott Brown a chance to return, as well as genuine respect for the Democrat’s work across the political aisle. “I think the most important thing is that he’s well qualified,” said George Mitchell, a Maine Democrat and former Senate majority leader. “This won’t be a long period of apprenticeship.”
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