Alone No More

A new Secretary of State learns that in Obamaland, there is no I in team

Paul J. Richards / AFP

Freshly minted Secretary of State John Kerry has always been something of a loner. In his long Senate career he was known more for his investigations and his courtship of foreign leaders than for collaborating on legislation. Even his favorite sports--biking and windsurfing--are solitary. So how does someone who's spent his life picking his own waves learn to row a boat that someone else is steering?

The answer, thus far, is very carefully. He took just seven Senate aides over to State with him. He allowed the White House to pick his spokesman and his speechwriter, and his first speech was...

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