After Republican senators bullied Susan Rice out of the running for Secretary of State, John Kerry has emerged as a front-runner for the cabinet position. But partisan predictions for the president’s nominee have drowned out the real debate on Obama’s foreign policy priorities. Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel joined Alex Wagner on her MSNBC show to outline the real concerns we should have for the next face of American international relations. 

—Christie Thompson

For more on the high stakes of the cabinet appointment, check out Katrina vanden Heuvel's op-ed, "What to Ask a Secretary of State Nominee."