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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

John Kerry’s career dreams keep slipping away

Just as the stars looked like they might be aligning for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and his quest to become the next secretary of state, fate intervened yet again.

This time, it came in the form of a dismal debate performance by President Obama in his first showdown with Republican Mitt Romney last week. Suddenly, a second Obama term — and Kerry’s chance for a starring role in it — seemed less certain.

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