Video: Ayotte pledges a hold on a Rice nomination

posted at 8:01 am on November 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Kelly Ayotte appears to have taken the lead on Republican efforts to stop President Obama from nominating Susan Rice to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Her colleagues Lindsey Graham and John McCain came out of the same meeting with Rice as Ayotte even more critical than before, but Ayotte went the farthest later in the evening. On CNN, she tells Wolf Blitzer that Rice “misled the American public,” and pledged to put a hold on Rice’s nomination if it came to the Senate, at least until all of the questions surrounding Benghazi have been answered:

The accusation of being misleading isn’t limited to Benghazi, either. On the same shows, Rice told viewers that al-Qaeda had been “decimated,” an absurd claim in the aftermath of that successful terrorist attack as well as their success in exploiting the vacuum of power in Libya — a vacuum left in large part to the actions of the US in decapitating the Qaddafi regime with no forces to control the outcome on the ground.

Ayotte demurs when asked by Blitzer whether this deception was deliberate.  “I don’t know that I am in a position to question her motives,” Ayotte answers, “but it’s deeply troubling[.]“  Rice by her own admission had seen other intelligence that pointed to the eventual truth of the matter, but chose not to offer that as a possibility on those news broadcasts. In fact, Rice at least once on September 16th explicitly stated that there was “no evidence” that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was a deliberate terrorist act.  That was definitely misleading, and certainly seems like a deliberate choice, too.

What happens with a hold?  The Senate can override a hold with a cloture vote, but that takes 60 votes to pass.  Democrats only have 55 votes in the next Senate.  It’s possible that Harry Reid’s attempts to curtail the filibuster might end up addressing holds as well, with Ayotte’s threat on the table, but that might lose him some support for his other “reforms” of the filibuster.  Senate Democrats face a tough 2014 cycle without having a presidential race to drive turnout, and any “reforms” might end up backfiring in a very short period of time.

That assumes that Obama still intends to nominate Rice for anything at all.  She can stay in her current position without any Senate approval, but clearly a nomination to run State will grind the Senate to a halt, for no particular benefit to Obama now that he’s won his last election.  He’d be better off putting John Kerry in Hillary’s place at this point, especially since his Senate position practically guarantees him a free ride and he had no role in pushing the White House line on Benghazi.


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He’ll double down and nominate rice just to save face within his party and his lsm

cmsinaz on November 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

What about the four dead American’s Ayotte?

Mr. Arrogant on November 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

He told us to go after him didn’t he?

Hey Obama, who ordered the stand down? and why?

DanMan on November 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Testing the water.
Some of the young’uns are beginning to show some frustration with the “Old Guard”

Jabberwock on November 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

oh great. What a wonderful huge bit of political capital we are spending on the messenger when the big question about what happened DURING the attack go stale.

ted c on November 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Curious citizens wonder why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi that night.

Naturally Curly on November 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

He’ll double down and nominate rice just to save face within his party and his lsm

cmsinaz on November 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Can’t say I blame him. He’s gotten away with pretty much everything else thus far and he probably thinks the Republicans are too gutless to fight him on this.

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Does this Senator actually believe she has a say so in this process?

reid and the fearless leader will do whatever they want.

Some people seem to think we actually live in a free country?

acyl72 on November 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Go after Obama.

That’s what he told us to do. Right?

Double down on stopping Rice’s nomination for State…then go after Kerry on the same score. If she lied over such a trivial matter as a video…on five different TV programs on the same day….

Was no accident.

Who directed her to do so?

By the way…Kerry lied to Congress a number of times already…and John, if you had evidence of US officers and soldiers acting in the manner of Genghis Khan, raping and killing, cutting off the ears of VC and such, as a commissioned officer at the time, why did you violate the UCMJ and refuse to report any of these crimes you witnessed to the proper court-martial convening authority?

You know, Senator, as a commissioned officer who refused to do so, you are as culpable as those who carried out these alleged crimes? There is no statute of limitation on war crimes.

Nail him.

(Could always ask Kerry about that tax he owes Massachusetts on hs yatch…still hasn’t been paid.)

Anyway…the point is, if the GOP even wants to consider being around after 2014, they’d all better grow a pair.

Seems Ayotte has more than all the rest combined, presently.

coldwarrior on November 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I’m going to take a wild guess and say Obama’s not going to take the same “go after me” protector-stance against Ayotte as he did against McCain and Graham.

eforhan on November 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

oh great. What a wonderful huge bit of political capital we are spending on the messenger when the big question about what happened DURING the attack go stale.

ted c on November 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Not at all. Hold is a good thing. If Obama goes ahead with Rice as SofS the hold will keep a highlight on Benghazi. It will be further examined.
To avoid such scrutiny, Obama can nominate Kerry. And he will sail through confirmation. This will indeed distract from Benghazi, but,
then a special election for Kerry’s Senate seat. S. Brown has an edge in that, if he chooses to run. Not so much a gain in the Senate for Republican’s, but rather a significant distraction leading into the mid-terms. Kind of a repeat of last mid-term.
A repeat of 2010 in 2014 would completly neuter Obama in his last two years.
Does he want to risk that ?
Who is his THIRD choice for SofS ?

Jabberwock on November 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Since Ayotte is the one making the moves can the dems claim the war on women meme?

docflash on November 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Y’all have heard the latest defense by the Dems, haven’t you? it’s the ol’ “I’m rubber, you’re glue” defense.Read this.

kingsjester on November 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Who is his THIRD choice for SofS ?

Jabberwock on November 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Malia? Sasha?

coldwarrior on November 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Rice by her own admission had seen other intelligence that pointed to the eventual truth of the matter, but chose not to offer that as a possibility on those news broadcasts. In fact, Rice at least once on September 16th explicitly stated that there was “no evidence” that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was a deliberate terrorist act. That was definitely misleading, and certainly seems like a deliberate choice, too.

Susan Rice’s choice was a deliberate deception, (approved by Obama, with Hillary’s and the rest of the administration’s blessing).

Had the Republicans sent anyone else out,(other than Kelly Ayotte), to point out Rice’s blatant lies to the American public, the lamestream media would jump all over the race and gender accusations—straight out of the liberal playbook.

ted c may be right about “taking our eyes off the reality of what happened in Benghazi”, but having Rice in the story, (with her lies), still keeps the story front page, so to speak. Four American patriots were slaughtered and we still don’t know why, thanks to the inept media and the Obama administration. And the truly sad part is…….they don’t care.

Rovin on November 28, 2012 at 8:37 AM

This better not be a ploy by McLame to play Ayotte so he can game the process and get his good friend JFK the nomination instead. Ayotte is new to DC and it’s strange that McLame and his other good friend, Grahmnesty, picked the newbie to be their partner in this dog and pony show.

Kissmygrits on November 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Yep doughboy

cmsinaz on November 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

What would be fun is Kerry smelling blood in the water and sabotaging Rice in some way so he gets the State slot. He would be a shoo-in if nominated, his past during Vietnam notwithstanding. He can claim being a ‘young idealogue’ and the MSM will poo-poo his actions with ‘do we want to relive Vietnam all over again’?

Otherwise, if Obama really wants Rice at State he’s going to have her, because Reid will twist arms to make sure it happens.

Liam on November 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I’ll say it again: the GOP, including Ayotte, Graham, and McCain are focusing on the wrong issue. While the changed talking points are important, why the Consulate was denied more security is much more important, and why 4 Americans were left to die is THE most important issue. They need to get their priorities straight.

William Teach on November 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

why is the only question being asked if Susan Rice lied? yes!!!!11

now can we talk about the four dead people please?

Slade73 on November 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

It’s moving slowly, but I think this story has legs. Rice has now admitted that she gave wrong information but Obama (and Hillary) said basically same thing at the UN and on all the chat shows (Letterman, View, Stewart). The story is really easy for even the low info American to understand. Put all the video clips together.

And where is the ACLU and the Paultards? A man is in jail because of this.

monalisa on November 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Since Ayotte is the one making the moves can the dems claim the war on women meme?

docflash on November 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

True. The Dems would never go after a female Republican.

Sincerely,
Sarah Palin(and her family)

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Rice “misled the American public,” …

Since when has that been an issue to anyone in this corrupt administration?

pilamaye on November 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I’m going to take a wild guess and say Obama’s not going to take the same “go after me” protector-stance against Ayotte as he did against McCain and Graham.

eforhan on November 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Probably not. It’s gotten to the point where McCain and Graham actually have to hide so the media can’t continue Obama’s strategy of ignoring Ayotte’s presence. I was beginning to think her name was “Senator And Others”

forest on November 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

LOLZ

Mr. Arrogant on November 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

What bothers me about this whole episode is

where the Hell are the other Republican Senators????

Hellooooooo, Maine Twins, how about Mike Lee, how
about Pat Toomey, how about Ron Johnson…]

Whenever the Dems see a controversy they crank up
the megaphone to 80,000 watts and blather endlessly
with 15 of them lined up to spew.

We’ve got 3 SENATORS on this vile woman and her LIES????

ToddPA on November 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

We’ve got 3 SENATORS on this vile woman and her LIES????

ToddPA on November 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

this is the way of the gope. get along at all costs with the other side. compromise, compromise.

betcha ayotte getting incvited to seem real cool parties in dc. may jay z will sing at her kids bday.

renalin on November 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Why would Barky and Reid back down?

They’ve gone hell for leather with their liberal agenda and have been richly rewarded for it this last election cycle. There really was no blow back aside from losing the house in 2010.

“I Won. Again. Suck it up AmeriKKKa!’

CorporatePiggy on November 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’ll say it again: the GOP, including Ayotte, Graham, and McCain are focusing on the wrong issue. While the changed talking points are important, why the Consulate was denied more security is much more important, and why 4 Americans were left to die is THE most important issue. They need to get their priorities straight.

William Teach on November 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

So you think allowing Rice to be Secretary of State, and only focus on the security of the embassy is a better strategy?

I think stopping Rice is a priority…doesn’t meant you forego all of the other investigations, but as “events” pop up, response is needed and the fact that Rice is being considered as Secretary of State, that has to be dealt with quickly…as they have.

right2bright on November 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

If I were a black or female professional I’d be really mad. The administration is expecting Rice to get a complete pass on her performance and her involvement in the Benghazi cover-up for no other reason than she’s an African-American woman.

Well, haven’t we come such a long way when it comes to becoming a color and gender-blind society. A Ivy League, Rhodes Scholar, career diplomat can’t be asked any legitimate or substantive question without somebody from Demoncrats calling out the question and questioner as racist and sexist.

Susan Rice- We are supposed to view your performance on a curve because you are black and female. Wow! You’ve come a long way baby! Too bad you can’t be held to the same standards as others in society because of your race or gender. But then, that’s probably how you accomplished everything in your life, right? You didn’t have to work as hard as your right colleagues because when the going gets tough you just pull out your race and/or gender card and get a pass. That about sum it up? Well, if not, then why are you allowing your supporters make this all about race and gender and not if you are really capable for the job.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Revenge (for the election) might be sweet but going after Rice is a loosing cause! Who cares? Let Barry have Rice as Sec-o-State and look at the grin on Putin’s face when it happens!

Across the board let them dems own it! Fiscal cliff to foreign policy!

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

So you think allowing Rice to be Secretary of State, and only focus on the security of the embassy is a better strategy?

I think stopping Rice is a priority…doesn’t meant you forego all of the other investigations, but as “events” pop up, response is needed and the fact that Rice is being considered as Secretary of State, that has to be dealt with quickly…as they have.

right2bright on November 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I’m coming to the conclusion that the rumors of her nomination, The pre-emptive charges of racism and sexism, the photo-op meeting with “critics,” and her recent spate of statements defending lying her ass off by throwing the intelligence community under the bus is testing the water to guage opposition.

- The threat of a Senator putting a hold on the nomination over Benghazi is real.

- The fact that her nomination will become a de facto inquiry into Benghazi.

- The political capital involved in pushing through Rice as SecState is pretty steep when there are other priorities and other indiviudals who would sail through the nomination process.

Bottom line, I suspect they’ll give her some non-confirmation job in the administration for a couple of years and let the dust settle. Much the same way I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Van Jones.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Revenge (for the election) might be sweet but going after Rice is a loosing cause! Who cares? Let Barry have Rice as Sec-o-State and look at the grin on Putin’s face when it happens!

Across the board let them dems own it! Fiscal cliff to foreign policy!

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

You really think that “revenge” is the reason why people are questioning Susan Rice’s possible nomination for the SecState job? Wow! You really are an idiot.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What about the four dead American’s Ayotte?

Mr. Arrogant on November 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Thank you! All this back and forth regarding Susan Rice is smoke and mirrors. These idiot senators will strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Those four dead Americans deserve an advocate and this administration needs to be held responsible.

JannyMc on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Send a woman out to attack a woman.

John the Libertarian on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Those four dead Americans deserve an advocate and this administration needs to be held responsible.

JannyMc on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

And that is, in part, what is going on with opposing Rice. She is clearly still not telling the whole story or why she would have gone out and lied her ass off on five Sunday talk shows if not told to do so by somebody in the administration. This public “spat” is one way of being that advocate. Or would you rather we wait until the State Department finally releases its “investigation” and see if there is anything untoward that should be investigated/prosecuted by the Attorney General?

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Wow! You really are an idiot.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Only an idiot would miss the the point! You Idiot (see it’s easy to call names — it’s hard to think).

You are focused on this silly debate — which is exactly what the establishment GOP wants you to do!

“Oh, we just blew the easiest election since Reagan beat Carter. But don’t worry, we;ll block the Rice nomination.”

It’s a distraction. It’s getting the “base” fired up. It’s a “revenge” debate. Idiot.

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Send a woman out to attack a woman.

John the Libertarian on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Why do you think that Ayotte is usually refered to as “others” when the enemy talks about criticism of Rice. There have only been the three Senators (all on the Armed Forces Committee) who have been vocal in their opposition but the enemy refers to criticism by McCain, Graham, and others.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

“Oh, we just blew the easiest election since Reagan beat Carter. But don’t worry, we;ll block the Rice nomination.”

It’s a distraction. It’s getting the “base” fired up. It’s a “revenge” debate. Idiot.

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

It was not the easiest election since Reagan beat Carter. The cover-up and Rice’s role in it are not distracting but a small part of many unanswered questions about the whole massacre. And the fact that Rice lied to the American public is only one of many reasons why her nomination is worthy of opposition.

Q.E.D. You are an idiot’s idiot if you really think that this is nothing more than getting back at the rat-eared wonder for winning.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Amb. Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith remain unavailable for comment.

kingsjester on November 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The cover-up and Rice’s role in it are not distracting but a small part of many unanswered questions about the whole massacre. And the fact that Rice lied to the American public is only one of many reasons why her nomination is worthy of opposition.

Q.E.D. You are an idiot’s idiot if you really think that this is nothing more than getting back at the rat-eared wonder for winning.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Look, Rice is a “sock-puppet!” (“But she lied!” So you think whatt comes out of Kermit’s sock-mouth started in Kermit’s stuffed head?) So what if they stop her nomination? Got any answers then? Barry had it right last week — they’re not really after Rice (an easy target) but him! BUT they just lost to him ( — a worse president than Jimmy — should have been an easy win — but I digress) — So they are going after BHO by going after Rice (either way they will loose). Even if this was a significant “massacre”– a CIA debacle — a tragedy of the first order — a cover-up of Watergate per portions stopping Rice gets them nowhere — gets the “American pubic” (and who are they? They just re-elected Barry and DON’T CARE about Benghazi!) some answers? Be real! Stoping the Rice nomination will NOT get some answers (which the “American pubic” dones’t really want anyway). Pointless.

This is a distraction! This is meaningless! This is meant to get a “pound of flesh” from BHO and get you to think the GOP is really going to “fight Barry’s agenda.” (“Look at us standing up to Barry!” They are posers and this is a distraction for the disappointed base to feel like we can “get back at therat-eared wonder.” Com’on don’t you wanna win one against the “rat-eared wonder.?) QED YOU are an idiot’s idiot’s idiot if YOU think otherwise. (Okay I’ve made my point about the name calling–you may get the last one if you want — I find it silly and, well, idiotic. Make your points — leave the name calling to MSNBC.)

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Even if this was a significant “massacre”– a CIA debacle — a tragedy of the first order — a cover-up of Watergate per portions stopping Rice gets them nowhere — gets the “American pubic” (and who are they? They just re-elected Barry and DON’T CARE about Benghazi!) some answers? Be real! Stoping the Rice nomination will NOT get some answers (which the “American pubic” dones’t really want anyway). Pointless.

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Even if is this was a massacre, a CIA debacle, a tragedy, or cover-up? It is all of the above! But you’d be one of the aforementioned morons who were out there during Watergate complaining that it was a mere distraction and a vendetta against Nixon since he won the election.

Sorry, but there is enough here that needs to be answered and I think you are dead wrong that the American public doesn’t care. The MSM made it their mission to hide the truth, the administration did cover-up the truth, and Susan Rice lied her ass off as a team player. That kind of behavior should not be rewarded. And the public, unlike you, can concentrate on more than one thing at a time. We shouldn’t let this go until the whole truth is known including the cover-up that you are so willing to ignore because you are afraid to fight the enemy.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

“He’d be better off putting John Kerry in Hillary’s place at this point, especially since his Senate position practically guarantees him a free ride and he had no role in pushing the White House line on Benghazi.” Yea, but he did have a role in destroying support for South Vietnam, revving up anti-military feelings, and cowardly avoiding continued frontline service by utilizing a little known provision that by having 3 Purple Hearts, regardless of their severity and how he managed to work the system to get them, you got out of combat. And, worse, while still an officer in the Navy, he illegally negotiated with the North Vietnamese.

As a veteran from that era, I have zero respect for Kerry. His birthing of his yacht in RI rather than MA to avoid taxes while being a Senator from MA reinforces my beliefs. And I am quite sure that our enemies have figured him out as also having a weak backbone. With Obama’s weakness and incompetence, we don’t need Kerry as SoS. He is just another political talking point front man.

amr on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

rant on rebuzz. u r wrong. it’s working….and bo is stupid for pusing rice because it keeps the spotlight on him. he is obviously the one who told the armies to stand down and he’s hoping that people will be resigned to rice and forget about it but we won’t. we are going to remember our 4 dead men and take our pound of flesh from the man responsible for it one way or another.

gracie on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Remember when the press and the left (BIRM) would fixate for months and even years on perceived lies and obfuscation from administration officials? Maybe it’s time for Republicans and conservatives to break out the paper mache Obama puppets, glitter bomb Progressive spokeswhores, and chase after Hillary with fake blood. We mock leftists for stupid publicity stunts but they wouldn’t do them if they didn’t work. Breitbart the crap out of them.

RobertE on November 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

and chase after Hillary with fake blood.

better yet let’s drag hillary by the short and curlies, too, right onto the the congressional carpet and ask her under oath why she didn’t do her job….she never liked rice and enjoying her being the scapegoat here..but not for long. go get hillary and watch the beans get spilled all over bo. he is as guilty as sin and we all know it. any way we can chisel away at his cover is good. keep going. cynicism is self-defeating. keep going until bo yells uncle, then put him under oath and impeach him for enabling the death of our men.

gracie on November 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

What about the four dead American’s Ayotte?

Mr. Arrogant on November 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Thank you! All this back and forth regarding Susan Rice is smoke and mirrors. These idiot senators will strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Those four dead Americans deserve an advocate and this administration needs to be held responsible.

JannyMc on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Patience, grasshoppers. You seem to be implying that Ayotte feels absolutely no empathy for the 4 victims. What evidence is that based on?

Ayotte is no shrinking violet; here in NH when she was with our Justice Department she successfully prosecuted a gruesome home invasion double murder ( “The Dartmouth Murders”) and later as our Attorney General she successfully prosecuted the killer of a Manchester cop, to the tune of getting him the death penalty. NH hasn’t executed anybody for decades.

Let’s stop Rice first. We have 4 years to investigate the deaths of the 4 Americans. And when we do stop Rice, I nominate Ms. Ayotte to lead said investigation.

Del Dolemonte on November 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

As a veteran from that era, I have zero respect for Kerry. His birthing of his yacht in RI rather than MA to avoid taxes while being a Senator from MA reinforces my beliefs. And I am quite sure that our enemies have figured him out as also having a weak backbone. With Obama’s weakness and incompetence, we don’t need Kerry as SoS. He is just another political talking point front man.

amr on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Um… I think you mean berthing. Kerry would need much more substantial loins to birth a yacht the size of the one he keeps in RI. But who knows, maybe not having a backbone provides enough flexibilty to make it possible! ;0

Seriously, Kerry would sail through the nomination process because he is a Senator and his anti-American actions after Vietnam have been largely ignored or glossed over. In truth, if he is willing to leave the Senate (a stupid move for any sitting Senator IMO), I would rather have him surrounded at State than destroying the DoD.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

We shouldn’t let this go until the whole truth is known including the cover-up that you are so willing to ignore because you are afraid to fight the enemy.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

we are going to remember our 4 dead men and take our pound of flesh from the man responsible for it one way or another.

gracie on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Happy–see that last quote to make my point — Revenge!

Okay, I’m wrong, you’re right — the public “cares” (really?) — we’ll “get Rice” (grrr . . . we’re tough!) . . . One thing, Happy, do me a favor and if by the 2nd Inauguration this is still “in the news” remind me and I’ll tell you again “You were right I was wrong.” BUT if this whole Rice nomination thingy is forgotten will you admit this was a distraction?

BTW my “Even if” is not a denial that the whole Benghazi thing was a debacle and a tragedy and that the honored dead don’t deserve better (they do!) . . . but both sides have made this political for their own reasons and when those reasons are not longer viable it will be dropped. But I could be wrong.

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

There is no fish in this administration that that is too small to not land in the creel of its opposition.

That opposition would be all posting in this thread as I am reading it.

Del Dolemonte on November 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Let’s stop Rice first.

>This.

1244 on November 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I think Kerry could easily be confirmed as Secretary of State. I would hope that any attempt to nominate him as Secretary of Defense would be stopped dead, since I seriously doubt he had an honorable discharge from the military.

He wasn’t fit to be commander in chief, and I see no reason why he would be fit to be just one level below that.

At least we expect lies and treachery from an ambassador…..

tom on November 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I understand the concern people have of making this all about Susan Rice, when it’s obvious that Susan Rice was not behind the Benghazi debacle.

But she’s the lever. I know I would be perfectly willing to drop all objections to her nomination if she would quit lying about what she said, and admit that she said it because Obama told her to.

But as long as she’s covering up for Obama, she’s unacceptable.

tom on November 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Don’t sell Sen Ayotte short, she was a damn fine Attorney General of NH before being elected. She is pretty tenatious and will take this to ground with the right support. I don’t believe this has anything to do with revenge (rebuzz) but a window into the whole fiasco that was/is Benghazi.

Rice first then move onto SoS and then ……….

D-fusit on November 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM