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Susan Rice Pulls Name From Secretary Of State Consideration

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MSNBC is reporting that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has taken her name out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when Clinton steps down next year.

The confirmation process, which Republicans have vowed to derail, "would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities," Rice wrote to President Obama in a letter obtained by NBC News.

"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country...Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time." Rice, a fierce advocate of international LGBT rights, also reportedly said she is "saddened" by the partisan bickering that arose over her consideration.

"The position of secretary of state should never be politicized," she wrote. "I’m saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.”

Republican Sens. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham have been particularly voracious in their attacks on Rice, particularly her handling of the attack on the States' embassy in Benghazi, an attack that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others dead.

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  1. It is the prerogative of the president to appoint the SoS. I don't recall either grandpa or Miss Graham just being elected to that office by a 4.5 million vote margin.

    Posted by: melvin | Dec 13, 2012 4:16:48 PM


  2. This makes me very angry. The President should have nominated her, no matter what, and allowed the Republicans to explain why -- right after an election in which they lost in great part because of their discrimination directed toward women and minorities -- would make their first mission to act out more discrimination against women and minorities.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 13, 2012 4:39:37 PM


  3. Republican Sens. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham should be the ones under scrutiny. What is their reasoning, besides the Benghazi consulate uproar, for attacking Rice so harshly? Bitter people.

    Posted by: gb | Dec 13, 2012 5:16:53 PM


  4. @GB, there is theory going around that McCain et al wanted to get Susan Rice removed from consideration for SoS so that Senator John Kerry would get the nomination. If Kerry becomes the next SoS, his senate seat would be up for grabs in a special election which many in Massachusetts believe soon-to-be-ex-Senator Scott Brown would have a good chance of winning.

    Posted by: RJ | Dec 13, 2012 5:32:54 PM


  5. Well, I hope it wasn't the White House that gave her the feeling that they wouldn't "have her back" in a confirmation battle. All from a tragedy that some unscrupulous old Republican farts are trying to turn into a scandal.

    Some folks are saying that John Kerry wants the job. If he wants it he should get it. He launched Barack Obama into the national spotlight at the 2004 Democratic Convention--John Kerry's Convention.

    I just don't to see a special election in Massachusett's while stinky-butt pretty boy Scott Brown has a ground game still in place.

    IS THERE A KENNEDY AVAILABLE?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 13, 2012 5:34:20 PM


  6. Voracious or vicious, Andrew?

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 13, 2012 5:35:15 PM


  7. Derrick: Caroline? I don't think she has the background in international diplomacy, and I think Maria Shriver is still recovering from the divorce (and, again, not sure she has the foreign policy chops).

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 13, 2012 5:36:46 PM


  8. @Derrick:
    Oh, you meant for Kerry's seat. Well, perhaps Caroline could leave New York and move back to the family compound, since she didn't get Hilary's New York seat.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 13, 2012 5:39:25 PM


  9. Do I remember correctly that all one senator has to do is simply request a hold on a nominee - without citing any reason?

    In a recent daily email from Youtube, there was a link to McCain's opposition to the repeal of DADT. Like Benghazi he tried to make a mountain out of a mole hill - he never had enough information and essentially called the military brass, who assured him that it would be no problem, liars.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 13, 2012 5:48:17 PM


  10. Yeah, Jerry, I meant a well-liked candidate to run in a special election against Brown. I hate special elections (when there's a Democratic Governor to make the choice :-))

    What do you think the people of Massachusetts would think if Governor Patrick stepped down from his post to run against Brown for senate? Massachusetts aint Louisiana--I get it.

    Well, of course, we're jumping the gun. He could pick somebody we never thought of. Maybe a Muslim American--that'd be great!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 13, 2012 5:51:27 PM


  11. This is another example of the Republican controlled media distorting the facts and ruining lives. Rice didn't do anything wrong. NOTHING. But thanks to the lies of the US media half the nation thinks she did do something wrong.

    This shows the power of the media and it also shows us why we need laws to ensure the media report FACTS and BOTH SIDES of the political debate. Until we have a fair and balanced media we are NOT a democracy. We are no better than China, Russia or Iran.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 13, 2012 5:54:41 PM


  12. "He could pick somebody we never thought of."

    The "he" is the President.

    Hey, what about Barney Frank vs Scott Brown in a special Massachusetts' senatorial election? Frank may have a chance. In Massachusetts they choose brains over beauty, don't they? Well, don't they?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 13, 2012 5:57:04 PM


  13. I guess that means that Sen John Kerry will be the next Sec of State. I think that he will do an outstanding job. He is well respected in many countries around the world. The only possible negative in his choice is that it may open the door for Scott Brown to get back in the Senate and we will have one fewer democratic votes.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 13, 2012 6:00:34 PM


  14. Ambassador Rice is likely the smartest most effective member of the Obama administration. She is a great talent to our Nation and she would have made an unparalleled Secretary of State. The Republicans will pay for this and all of their blockade in the 2014 midterm elections. I expect great contributions from Susan Rice.

    Posted by: Gast | Dec 13, 2012 7:42:59 PM


  15. @Derrick: the problem I see with Barney Frank is his age. He will be 73 in March 2013. I think the folks in Mass would do better if they picked someone a few decades younger who could build up some seniority and better help their state. Also would Mr Frank who was a major player in the House (he chaired or was ranking member of a major committee)would he even want to join the Senate as a very junior member?

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 13, 2012 8:57:26 PM


  16. I would blame McCain, but Obama is a goddamn spineless wimp. He ran away from supporting union workers in Wisconsin, and I have no doubt he'll run and cave on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. Get ready for another four years of disappointment.

    Image what it would be like if we actually elected a Democratic president that stood up for and fought for Democratic values.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 13, 2012 9:31:44 PM


  17. I guess the embittered have to win something.

    Posted by: mikemike | Dec 14, 2012 1:53:13 AM


  18. Pure evil...dems never do this crap. In fact they bend over backward to include reps in cabinet positions.

    Condi and Colin should have been prosecuted for their comments to the un

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Dec 14, 2012 3:08:49 AM


  19. Once again, the Republicans go out of their way to be hypocrites. For the 8 years (7.5 too many) that Bush "43" was president... they constantly lied to us(weapons of mass destruction,mission accomplished,where "43" Army Reserve records were)from the White House and U.N.! The only thing they ever prove right, is that the Right Wing of their party is constantly Wrong! John Mc Pain in the Ass should be ashamed to have led the fight against Ms. Rice, and we should be thankful he never became the President.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 14, 2012 7:43:52 AM


  20. Both the Repugs and liberals are twisting themselves into pretzels not to say this pure racism. If there wasn't a Black man in the white house we would not have gone through this nor would we be going through this budget stalemate. White doesn't want to lose to Black.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 14, 2012 8:31:12 AM


  21. Good riddance Susan Rice, now she can sift through the corporate job offers that her connections will enrich her even further.

    http://tinyurl.com/d274y4u

    It was recently discovered that Rice "holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline"

    That's just the beginning. She sure likes brutal dictators, doesn't she?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 14, 2012 10:22:46 AM


  22. I get your point, Andrew. But yesterday I was just talkin' stuff. Today, I say, why not Barney Frank? He wouldn't be starting a senate career. He'd just be filling out John Kerry's term (which is what? Four more years?)

    I'm sure they have other well-liked Democrats in Massachusetts, but like I said, Scott Brown already has a machine in place, and that's probably what McCain, Graham, and what's her name, had in mind. Their attack on Ambassador Rice was pure bulls.t.

    Yes, Henry Holland, there are rich Democrats. I was suprised to find out that Ambassador Rice was wealthy and had stocks in the possible Keystone Pipeland. Well, guess what? I hope she loses money on those pipeline stocks. I hope it never gets built.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 14, 2012 12:20:30 PM


  23. Just shows that the Republicans have absolutely no concern for the country they claim to represent or love. They willingly damn it to hell as long as they score their political points. These people are plain despicable. And they keep getting elected to Congress and the Senate?? Wow, just part of the "American Family" I guess. Gotta go for every possible human prejudice to get ahead. Pretty lame.

    Posted by: ray broggini | Dec 14, 2012 1:36:23 PM


  24. "Yes, Henry Holland, there are rich Democrats"

    Wow, thanks for that bit of news! *rolls eyes*

    It has nothing to do with being a "rich Democrat" or else I'd never have voted for Kerry or Feinstein or any of a number of people, it's that Rice is a torture apologist, has supported some truly vile leaders in Africa and has investments in ecological disasters waiting to happen, issues that she would have had influence over as Secretary of State. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 14, 2012 7:24:50 PM


  25. @Henry Holland: Boehner also has a financial interest in the same project.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/as-deadline-nears-friends-and-foes-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-step-up-campaigns/2012/01/13/gIQAyd7IzP_story_1.html

    @Derrick from Philly: You can blame it on Mittens. When he was governor, the Democratic state legislature instituted the special election provision so that he couldn't appoint a Republican for the full remaining term.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 15, 2012 4:13:52 AM


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