If the White House thought John Kerry would have clear sailing among his fellow Senators in being confirmed as Secretary of State, it didn’t reckon with the obsession of the GOP with what Charles Pierce aptly calls their Benghazi “chew-toy.” Seems Republican Senators are vowing to hold off on confirming Kerry until Hillary Clinton testifies on the non-scandal that has become the foreign-policy version of last year’s Fast and Furious brouhaha, and then there’s no telling what they will demand. If there is any bottom to the rabbit-hole of inquiries about who said what when immediately after the killings in Benghazi, it’s not apparent right now.

Blocking Kerry without actually objecting to Kerry would fit right into the ongoing GOP effort to obstruct governance on every available germane or non-germane grounds, up to and including its general fury at Barack Obama’s re-election (will The Vetting ever happen?). So if I were Kerry, I wouldn’t move the photos and knick-knacks out of the Senate office just yet.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.