Shocking no one, President Obama will make it official today: Sen. John Kerry is his pick for Hillary Clinton’s replacement.

His confirmation would open up a couple of committee spots.

Twitchy will update with reaction as it comes in.

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Some helpful notes on Kerry from RNC staffers:

Who might nab Sen. Kerry’s senate seat?

More conservative reaction:

http://twitter.com/jeffemanuel/statuses/282151105041940480

http://twitter.com/MattDeLuca/statuses/282151296797134848

http://twitter.com/jstrevino/statuses/282154029981761537

And Andrea Mitchell and Stephanocchio Cutter weigh in:

The president’s official announcement will be this afternoon.