With Senator John Kerry's speech at the Democratic National Convention drawing closer by the minute and Hillary Clinton's retirement from government looming, reporters in Charlotte have once again fallen in love with one of Washington's worst-kept secrets: Kerry wants to be Secretary of State. There are a few convention stories on Kerry today (Politico, Huffington Post, even China Daily), and they all mention his Cabinet intentions. And Kerry's own column in Foreign Policy yesterday about national security, Osama bin Laden, and the Republican evasion of Obama's achievements certainly sounds like someone making good with Obama and flexing his fluency on diplomatic terms--a perfect precursor to his speech tomorrow night.
The Hill's Julian Pecquet explains that the timing of Kerry's speech along with the topic--Kerry is speaking about National Security in primetime and is slated to go on right before President Obama--is really what's making the Kerry-Secretary speculation go around. On August 29, when it was first reported that Kerry would be speaking, Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin surmised that the speech might be an "audition." "Kerry has always denied he is lobbying for Clinton's job, but insiders say he is on a short list along with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon," wrote Rogin.