[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/07/dems.position/art.kerry.ap.jpg caption="Senior Democrats say Sen. John Kerry is gunning to be the next secretary of state."](CNN) - To the victor belong the spoils, and after eight years out of the White House, Democrats want to be spoiled with high-profile jobs.
"For every senior job, there is probably 10 qualified people, and it's hard to be the person to tell the nine that they are not the number one pick," said former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.
Senior Democrats say Sen. John Kerry is jockeying to be secretary of state - and has a good case after endorsing President-elect Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries.
But some Democrats worry he can veer off message, just like Vice President-elect Joe Biden.