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Opening Arguments

Send in the Hoosier

I certainly think he'd be a better choice than Susan Rice:

So, President Obama, you need a new Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton, but you don't like any of the choices sitting on your desk? You think Susan Rice deserves it and would do a great job, but she comes with too much controversy? You feel you owe John Kerry a favor for helping you in the campaign, but wonder if he'd fit right on your team?

How's an idea that maybe you haven't thought of: How about Dick Lugar? You remember Senator Lugar. One of the most respected voices in Washington on foreign affairs, with 43 years experience in the United States Senate, incuding two decades as a top leader of the Foreign Relations Committee, he's the one that was so popular in Indiana, his home state, that voters there relected him by more than a two-thirds margin four out of the last five times he ran -- including a whopping 87 percent in 2006.

And it would also be a nod to the bipartisanship everybody seems to be worsheping these days.

I have to add, though, that I don't have the same vehement objection to Rice that you might recall me having for the idea of John Kerry at Defense. Sure, she was part of the incredible "Benghazii was just a movie review gone bad" foolishness the Obama team tried to peddle. But everybody on that team was a part of that nonsense, so why single Rice out for punishment?