Breaking: Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as Secretary of State

posted at 3:58 pm on December 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Did she fall on her own sword or did the White House hand her one?

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.

“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,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News…

In her letter to Obama, Rice took aim at her GOP critics.

“The position of secretary of state should never be politicized,” she wrote, adding, “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.”

NBC will have an interview with her tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Needless to say, this makes Kerry the prohibitive favorite at State; when Scott Brown told the Senate yesterday that he and they may “meet again,” he wasn’t kidding. How’s next year sound?

Updates are coming. Stand by.

Update: Obama’s reaction:

While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Obama said. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”

She’ll stay on as ambassador to the UN.

Update: Thought of the day:

https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/279328493307842560

Update: I don’t think it was Republican opposition to her over Benghazi that forced her out. Obama signaled repeatedly that he was prepared to stand by her on that; lefty media churned out plenty of “I don’t get what the big deal is!!!” pieces in her defense over the last month too. Liberals would have lined up behind her on Libya with plenty of demagoguery about racism and sexism to help push her through. I think it was the other stuff that convinced her or the White House or both that this wasn’t worth the headaches — the endless whispering about her undiplomatic temperament, the conflict-of-interest concerns about her investments in companies behind the Keystone pipeline, and the criticism of her alleged “sympathy” for some of Africa’s tyrants. If her confirmation had been a pure referendum on Benghazi, Senate Democrats probably would have gone to bat for her. But if it’s not a pure referendum, if it’s Benghazi plus three or four other weak spots, then maybe a handful would defect and suddenly O’s looking at a major humiliation to start his second term.

Update: The MSNBC spin is already set. Mitchell nods at it in passing, but the rest of the line-up will spend the rest of the day breathing heavily about it. Click the image to watch.

Update: So this explains the timing of the Hagel news this afternoon. Kerry had been touted as a possibility at State or Defense; once the White House knew (or decided) that Rice was out of contention, Kerry became the obvious pick at State and Hagel could then be put forth for the Pentagon.

I wonder if this now means Hagel’s confirmation hearing will be more contentious than thought. I figured Obama and the GOP would each be willing to spend political capital on one major clash over a cabinet nominee next year. Rice’s nomination would have been it; instead, Kerry will now sail through. Which means, if there’s to be a fight, it may be a fight over Hagel. Per James Antle, Obama might like that just fine.

https://twitter.com/jimantle/status/279332823251435520

https://twitter.com/jimantle/status/279333218577154048

Update: Jim Geraghty reminds us that the next Secretary of State is simply terrible on foreign policy.

Update: Sure is:

https://twitter.com/DrewMTips/status/279339289383432194

You can knock Rice for not being more skeptical and inquisitive when the White House was feeding her those ill-fated CIA talking points for her Sunday show appearances on Benghazi, but her big sin here is essentially being too much of a stooge for the White House — a far, far lesser sin than those committed by Hillary and the crack State diplomatic security team in leaving Chris Stevens unprotected. Rice was being an awfully good soldier to serve as that stooge back then and she’s being an awfully good soldier in helping Obama out of a jam by “withdrawing” now. I wonder how he’ll reward her. Michael Tomasky thinks she’ll probably end up as National Security Advisor, a post that doesn’t require Senate approval. Likely right.

Update: BuzzFeed accuses Obama of “weakness”:

“Susan Rice is essentially a repeat of Gitmo in 2009,” a former Obama Administration official emailed moments after Susan Rice withdrew her name for Secretary of State Thursday afternoon. “You have to give up on her because the politics are so bad that the White House thinks it can’t win. But the politics are so bad because they spent too long not fighting for it and instead just watching things get worse. Self-fulfilling.”

How did they not fight for her? Obama rose to Rice’s defense and explicitly challenged McCain and Graham at a press conference over their criticism of her. Democratic members of Congress held a separate presser to accuse Republicans of racism and sexism in criticizing her. As noted above, the left surely would have lined up for her if she was nominated, although whether that would have been enough to hold the line in the Senate is questionable. Obama didn’t show weakness in having her withdraw, he showed contempt for her back in September by making her the designated stooge for a dubious narrative about the attack that she had nothing whatsoever to do with. She might very well have been confirmed if not for her Benghazi TV appearances, and now her life’s ambition has been thwarted in part because O pushed her into the line of political fire needlessly. If you’re a liberal and want to be angry about something, be angry about that.

Update: Surprise:

https://twitter.com/RyanLizza/status/279344177916026880


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Racist.

The Count on December 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

aka Pulling a Harriet Myers

TxAnn56 on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A simple search of her career and associations at discoverthenetworks will illuminate why she was a horrible choice.

She is the genius intellectual elite that told Clinton not to kill Osama Bin Laden(at least on one of the four times that Osama was offered up).

tom daschle concerned on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

…she should be dog-catcher!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Obama was wise to back away from this one. When even Grahamnesty and McCain are threatening to go after her, you know she’ll be brutalized at the confirmation hearings.

Doughboy on December 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Predictably, CNN is currently running this as a boo-hoo-hoo story. (Evidently Mark Basseley Youssef could not be reached for comment…)

apostic on December 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Does this mean Senator Scott Brown might wind up back in the People’s Seat come January 2015?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Chaffetz is asking the right questions.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that he has been “thwarted” by the State Department from seeing any Americans who survived the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Many people forget that there were Americans who survived the Benghazi attack, some of whom were badly injured and are still recovering.

“My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how many there are,” Rep. Chaffetz said. “I don’t know who they are. I don’t know where they live. I don’t know what state they’re from. I don’t even know how many there are. It doesn’t seem right to me.”

“This is so patently different than any other experience I’ve had. Unfortunately, people have been killed and maimed and in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq and in points beyond. It’s typically been the case that they would release those names but in this case, they won’t. My challenge is to the media. You try and figure it out. They won’t let Congress know. They won’t seem to let the media know either.”

Keep the pressure on even if Rice is no longer being considered for SOS.

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Don’t worry comrades, Herr Ogabe will find a more committed commie with a less spotted record than Rice for the post.

Forward!

tom daschle concerned on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

So, Hillary skates from Benghazi unscathed, Rice gets some cushy WH position, Kerry gets State, and Obama gets to lament how so unfair the mean old GOP was to the black lady. Win all the way around for the Dems.

changer1701 on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

cyawouldntwannabeya

b!tch

Slade73 on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

She should still be made to answer for the lies she helped to propagate.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

“What the heck does this have to do with gender, or skin color, or anything else? This has to do with competency, and Susan Rice’s handling of Libya has been part and parcel of the Obama Administration’s handling of Libya, which has been appalling,”

renalin on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

who cares… another idiot anti-American will be the secretary of State…

mnjg on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The cow went to pasture.

What a relief to all the cows of the world.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Also, when will Hillary answer questions about Benghazi?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Should be quoted from Breitbart:

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that he has been “thwarted” by the State Department from seeing any Americans who survived the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Many people forget that there were Americans who survived the Benghazi attack, some of whom were badly injured and are still recovering.

“My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how many there are,” Rep. Chaffetz said. “I don’t know who they are. I don’t know where they live. I don’t know what state they’re from. I don’t even know how many there are. It doesn’t seem right to me.”

“This is so patently different than any other experience I’ve had. Unfortunately, people have been killed and maimed and in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq and in points beyond. It’s typically been the case that they would release those names but in this case, they won’t. My challenge is to the media. You try and figure it out. They won’t let Congress know. They won’t seem to let the media know either.”

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Quitter!

Pork-Chop on December 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Meh………. Lucy and Mac were more than happy to be called racists to front for their pal, Kerry. It’s a club.

More of the same old sh!t.

Cody1991 on December 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

who cares… another idiot anti-American will be the secretary of State…

mnjg on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Exactly. This is the emptiest “victory” ever. Anybody excited about John Kerry getting the spot instead? Or would that be even worse?

I’d rather win a fight on spending.

Caiwyn on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Benghazi. Obama can NOT afford the truth about Benghazi, even after the election. He and Hillary have blood on their hands.

Always ask this “Why was Amb. Stevens in Benghazi on 9/11, officially and unofficially?” – therein is the truth about what started all that ended in blood on O/C’s hands.

Also, when will Hillary answer questions about Benghazi?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Dec. 20, 2012.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

@JedediahBila: MSNBC talking about “a right-wing witch hunt” against Susan Rice. LMAO.

idesign on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Sen. Brown

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Whatever. The next one he chooses will be just as stupid or worse than Hillary. With Dems it’s difficult to find a true American with principles and some modicum of morality or even an IQ above room temperature. Their stable is full of losers and the ill-educated.

BetseyRoss on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as Secretary of State

She was never in it yo begin with, she was the distraction for John Kerry.

JPeterman on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Charles C. W. Cooke @charlescwcooke

If Susan Rice opposes Susan Rice becoming Secretary of State, does that maker her a racist?

Of course not. All Democrats are immune to allegations of racism, except if in opposition to a predetermined narrative in the course of a Democratic primary. Even then the cry of racism is not permitted to last more than two (2) media cycles and is to be forgotten in any instance that a Republican, conservative, or libertarian could conceivably benefit.

Section II – Race baiting and media trolling, subsection 18 b.

This is rookie stuff here.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Good.

Not that her replacement will likely be any better, but…good.

Bob's Kid on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Quitter!

Pork-Chop on December 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

.
Heh.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

…she should be dog-catcher!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

She should be caught by the dog catcher.

MikeinPRCA on December 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

What? Obama didn’t get something he wanted? Even something he doubled down to get?

Does this mean Obama is not a god? Is he really… just a man?

JellyToast on December 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1

Susan Rice will not be SOS due to the color of her skin. Rather, the content of her character.

kingsjester on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Bu-bye Harriet.

Logus on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Does this mean Senator Scott Brown might wind up back in the People’s Seat come January 2015?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Actually it means he could land in the Horsefaced Moocher’s seat by like June 2013.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Martin Bashir, Jonathan Alter, and Michael Eric Dyson screaming RACISM and SEXISM.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Did it help that The Daily Beast had a column today, in support, mind you, pointing out that she is a nasty piece of work, given to a foul mouth, a bad temperament, who belittles those that who cannot answer back and harangues others.

pat on December 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Breaking: Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as Secretary of State

To “spend more time with her family” I suppose?

UltimateBob on December 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Also, when will Hillary answer questions about Benghazi?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

She has to wash her hair first…… busy, busy, busy.

Why would anyone touch that beotch when they never have?

Anyway, there’s too much buzz about her 2016 candidacy. She’s untouchable….. but only because of BJ. What a disgusting couple.

Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick.

Cody1991 on December 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Also, when will Hillary answer questions about Benghazi?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

She probably won’t, but, even if she does, it’s not like she is going to tell the truth or anything, AND, she won’t be under oath.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/13/state_dept_clinton_may_not_testify_on_benghazi_1

Pork-Chop on December 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The producer of This Week/George Stephonopolous is her husband.

The incest in DC is rampant.

Hillary hates her – she is, along with Richardson, one of the first Benedict Arnolds, the ‘friends’ of Hillary who abandoned her for Oaf.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Buh bye…..loser

The Notorious G.O.P on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I guess she’ll just have to take comfort in Iranian oil investments and the knowledge she did nothing about the Rwanda genocide

Slade73 on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Actually it means he could land in the Horsefaced Moocher’s seat by like June 2013.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Deval Patrick’s not gonna name a Republican to fill the vacancy if Kerry’s appointed SoS.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Well, bye.

SD Tom on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

She’ll be great on MSNBC, bef./after Sharpton.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Obama was wise to back away from this one. When even Grahamnesty and McCain are threatening to go after her, you know she’ll be brutalized at the confirmation hearings.

Doughboy on December 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

but confirmed anyway

Joey24007 on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Obama will make her National Security ‘Advisor’.

The African potentates must be relieved. They won’t be exposed further now.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Poor Susan Rice. Poor Eric Holder. Those nasty, racist Rethuglikanz won’t look past their incompetence and malfeasance.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

send her to the Pub with Patrick Moran

Slade73 on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Well this seems to get bho’s worthless hind end out of a sling by saying he ‘stood by’ rice, doesn’t it? YOU do realize bho IS never wrong and someone will take the fall/blame for whatever happens! I have a feeling rice will be getting a nice job someplace with bho’s administration? jarrett will see to that!
L

letget on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Deval Patrick’s not gonna name a Republican to fill the vacancy if Kerry’s appointed SoS.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

They have to hold a special election within 160 days of the vacancy. Remember the rule that the Dems changed back in ’04 when they feared Kerry might win and Romney could appoint his successor.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

This was probably decided the minute John McCain went on the Foreign Relations Committee.

But the White House waited until today and will now be sure to orchestrate a massive media campaign to make Rice a martyr, just in time to present another Two Minutes Hate for the Republicans in Congress while they are trying to reach a last minute deal on the fiscal cliff.

rockmom on December 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

“The position of secretary of state should never be politicized,” she [Rice] wrote …

Wow, if that’s an actual grammatically-correct rendering of what she wrote, by virtue of her failure to simply capitalize the term “Secretary of State” she prima facie disqualifies herself as an even token, sycophantic candidate — both in lacking basic elementary school sophistication along with the inherent triviality of the office thus implied.

Of course, if Kerry is subsequently nominated and confirmed for the position, it maintains the precedent of modern day Secretaries of State being women [no offense intended to those of the fairer sex ... ;-) ].

ShainS on December 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

NBC will have an interview with her tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

NBC – Nothing but Pro-Obama Propaganda.

sentinelrules on December 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

They have to hold a special election within 160 days of the vacancy. Remember the rule that the Dems changed back in ’04 when they feared Kerry might win and Romney could appoint his successor.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Oh, yeah. How could I forget?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

haha

Kerry’s a girl

Slade73 on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Michael Eric Dyson: “How come no pictures of brothers on the wall?”

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

but confirmed anyway

Joey24007 on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

True, but at a huge cost. She would’ve embarrassed the administration in the process which is the last thing Obama needs going into a new term(especially if on top of that we go over the fiscal cliff).

Doughboy on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I just read, hill may not testify next week on benghazi? Gosh cya is in full mode here? The whole lying crooked bunch with bho will never be help accountable for four American’s killed?

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/13/state_dept_clinton_may_not_testify_on_benghazi_1
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letget on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

They have to hold a special election within 160 days of the vacancy. Remember the rule that the Dems changed back in ’04 when they feared Kerry might win and Romney could appoint his successor.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The thugs will just change the rules, like they did in NJ for Lautenberg.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The nice thing about this is that the Senate GOP doesn’t get much heat over this.

Now, they can hunker down and got to the mattresses over Obama’s SCOTUS appointments.

BuckeyeSam on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Their stable is full of losers and the ill-over-educated.

BetseyRoss on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

They learnt so much at Hahhhvard, they never learnt anything important at ‘tall.

Who is John Galt on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If her confirmation had been a pure referendum on Benghazi, Senate Democrats probably would have gone to bat for her. But if it’s not a pure referendum, if it’s Benghazi plus three or four other weak spots, then maybe a handful would defect and suddenly O’s looking at a major humiliation to start his second term.

With the possible exception of Lieberman, Senate Democrats would never have defected, no matter how much Rice started to stink.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

While I am directly responsible for all the tittle-tattle designed to undermine Susan Ricedeeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character her abject surrender, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first listen to Jarret,” Obama said. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country will be better served by the disgraceful blowhard Kerry, he of the Stolen Valor.”

CorporatePiggy on December 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Exactly. This is the emptiest “victory” ever. Anybody excited about John Kerry getting the spot instead? Or would that be even worse?

I’d rather win a fight on spending.

Caiwyn on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Far be it from me to stick up for the moribund GOP, but a win is a win, even a small one like this. That Obama couldn’t just ram Rice through is a sign of weakness on his part. Ultimately if the GOP position were as bad as we think, she should have gone through in a walk.

Doomberg on December 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Ya Hoo! John Kerry for State!……wait, what?

WisRich on December 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Bet this was part of the Fiscal Cliff deal being negotiated behind closed doors. Look for Boehner to cave soon.

xblade on December 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

BULL SHIITE-

She’s bowing out after it became public she is “rich as Rockefeller” and wallowing in oil investments. Those high minded criminals at the U.N. don’t like that so much.

Buh bye.

FlaMurph on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

@JedediahBila: MSNBC talking about “a right-wing witch hunt” against Susan Rice. LMAO.

idesign on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Why is an MSNBC personality calling the UN Sec a witch?

And personally I didn’t know it was witch season, I thought they came after moose season.

D-fusit on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Now, they can hunker down and got to the mattresses over Obama’s SCOTUS appointments.

BuckeyeSam on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Unilateral Amnesty first

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Do we know if she’s telling the truth this time?

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.

“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,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News…

QUITTER!!!

Oh, you mean she had good reasons to quit and according to her words she didn’t want to put everyone through the cost and hassle and is actually thinking of others?

NEVERMIND… QUITTER!!!1!!!1!!!

kim roy on December 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The producer of This Week/George Stephonopolous is her husband.

I wouldn’t believe George Stephonopolous were the husband of any ‘her’…

Dirty Creature on December 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Michael Eric Dyson: “How come no pictures of brothers on the wall?”

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

You want brothers on the wall? Get your own place you can do what you want to do.

The Notorious G.O.P on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Good lord Andrea Mitchell is a moron.

Captain Kirock on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice SARAH PALIN in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Obama said. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”

Fixed it for you. You’re welcome.

kim roy on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Note To GOP-> This stand down should not preclude her from testifying under oath regarding Bengazi.

Mr. Arrogant on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

ANDREA MITCHELL: I think this had become sort of an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed, that she realized that, the White House realized it as well. I think they know they are on good political solid ground, as you were just pointing out. This is not going to help Republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated.

These @sshats forget that Condi Rice was both a woman and a woman of color.

D-fusit on December 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Lurch will be SoS. Fabu.

Interestingly, Hillary is now backing off of her “acquiescence” to testify on Benghazi.

No Rice, no Hillary = No answers under oath from either = +1000 for Obama

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Susan Rice is “undiplomatic”? Who knew?

I’ve seen her give one speech, to a gradation at Stanford. She was speaking in the crowded football stadium, to the usual mix of grandparents, aunts, uncles little kids etc. You know, the old people who paid much or even all of the bills on behalf of the kids graduating.

Rice opened her speech with a story, as speakers are taught to do, and described having sex with her boyfriend on that very same field as an undergraduate, by way of explaining her strong emotional ties to Stanford. I kid you not. My wife turned to me and, laughing, asked “Is this true? Is this person really our ambassador to the UN?”

When said yes, she allowed as how she thought they were made for each other. And I agree.

MTF on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Which means, if there’s to be a fight, it may be a fight over Hagel.

Fight over someone you know is going to get nominated and most low information voters don’t give damn about? Won’t happen.

Save the fight for SCOTUS.

WisRich on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Oh, Lord, please put Andrea Mitchell out of my misery.

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Good lord Andrea Mitchell is a moron.

Captain Kirock Obvious on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

They have to hold a special election within 160 days of the vacancy. Remember the rule that the Dems changed back in ’04 when they feared Kerry might win and Romney could appoint his successor.

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The thugs will just change the rules, like they did in NJ for Lautenberg.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Schad, they did change the 2004 rules after Ted Kennedy died. Remember the shenanigans? And, yes, they’ll change them again if they can.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I wouldn’t believe George Stephonopolous were the husband of any ‘her’…

Dirty Creature on December 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Hey, it’s not Goerge who’s married to her…it’s his producer.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

My indefatigable friend, you are simply the best mind.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Sorry Ms. Rice, but I find that your support for the “mischief” of promoting the Arab Spring and your support for Islamists very much to be “an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.” We would like to live without the growth of the caliphate and creeping

Man, I wish the Republicans could words in the words distraction and when they refute or attack Dem talking points.

Susie, you need to check out YouTube more frequently to see what the muzzies are producing.

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

She’ll be great on MSNBC, bef./after Sharpton.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I don’t get it.
Or are you just being moronic?

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

She’s a martyr! A racist martyr, but a martyr nonetheless.

KS Rex on December 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

She and Obama are dictator lovers.

They didn’t want the hearings to focus on it.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I don’t get it.
Or are you just being moronic?

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

No, you just don’t get it, moron…but you are simpatico.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Oh, Lord, please put Andrea Mitchell out of my misery.

The Rogue Tomato on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

What? You don’t enjoy looking at a woman who’s face
appears to have been resting under a steaming Camel Pie??

ToddPA on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The Washington Musical Chairs continues. Music stopped, and Susan Rice didn’t find a chair.

portlandon on December 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

What? You don’t enjoy looking at a woman who’s face
appears to have been resting under a steaming Camel Pie??

ToddPA on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

…and who sleeps with a corpse…

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I am a bit surprised we get this news on Thursday, don’t we normally get this on the Friday dump?
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letget on December 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Also, when will Hillary answer questions about Benghazi?

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Supposedly December 20…when most of the DC bigwigs will have skipped town, and Hillary will have had a chance to dry out a little and see a hair stylist. Maybe even someone to choose her wardrobe. She’ll be practicing her well-modulated tones in the meantime and having no memory of any details. After all, September 11 was so long ago.

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

1. John F. Kerry is a known traitor, assisted the NVA and VC while still in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

2. Susan Rice knows to much and would have to commit perjury and or comtempt of Congress if she were to be under oath for the job.
She knows Obama allowed Ab. Stevens and the former Navy Seals to be killed.

3. All of them will be judged.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Heh, Susan should have known that the Senate Club always wins.

Punchenko on December 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

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