Yes, I do find them similar, but let me note — despite some of the things that I’ve said about Kerry and despite my vote for Obama over Romney — I do think that both Kerry and Romney are capable and neither would have been a terrible President. Are they kind of vanilla and do they have reputations for flip-flopping? Sure. But both have been successful in the offices that they have held and I wouldn’t have been terrified to see either of them living in the White House because I know that they could have done the job.
What would happen if we had Kerry vs. Romney? Well, it depends on what they were campaigning for. If they ran against each other for a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, I think Kerry wins. Romney DID run for the Senate in Massachusetts, but it was against Ted Kennedy, not John Kerry.
But if it were a race for the Presidency and you put Romney vs. Kerry to the nation’s voters, I think Romney wins that race. Romney was a much better campaigner than Kerry was, and I think it would be close in the Electoral College — like 2004 (Bush 286, Kerry 251) — but I definitely think Romney would pull it out.
I think Senator Kerry is an excellent choice. He has a wealth of experience in foreign relations due to his lengthy service on that committee in the Senate, is well-known around the world, and has built personal relationships with many international leaders that will serve him and the President well once he takes over at State. I think that Susan Rice got a raw deal over the Benghazi attacks and was unfairly made out to be the scapegoat, but I also think Kerry is a much more solid pick for Secretary of State than Rice would have been.