Mary Ann Akers writes for The Washington Post about John Kerry’s classy response to being passed over for Secretary of State. Then she says:
Instead of traveling the globe and crafting U.S. foreign policy, Kerry will get the consolation prize of serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has jurisdiction over confirming Clinton and the rest of the national security team.
Kerry does have jurisdiction over Clinton’s nomination. But Robert Gates doesn’t need confirmation (he’s already in office) and if he did need it Carl Levin’s committee would have jurisdiction. James Jones doesn’t need confirmation either. And Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano will need to be confirmed by their own committees. Foreign Relations will confirm Rice, Clinton, and Clinton’s top subordinates — but that’s it.