Is his confirmation actually their gain?
"Kerry gets a pass. He's as good as confirmed," said one top GOP strategist. CNN reported on Saturday afternoon that President Obama is planning to nominate Sen. Kerry.I guess these days the Republicans take their wins where they can...
"He's a senator. No one liked Rice and she's out. And Kerry opens seat for Brown," the strategist said, noting that Sen John McCain, who is friends with Kerry, could ease his way. "McCain, as a former presidential candidate, will make sure behind scenes that we're as respectful and deferential to former presidential candidate as we can be."
Former GOP leadership aide Ron Bonjean told BuzzFeed that "[Kerry] will go through some turbulence, but at this point it seems he would likely be confirmed, especially because of the previous alternative."
Still, Republicans won't simply roll over and will likely use his confirmation as a chance to hammer the Obama administration.
"I don't expect him to have too much trouble. There might be a little resistance here and there but I would guess most of the tough questions focus more on the Obama administration's problems and less on his," a senior GOP leadership aide said Saturday night.