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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John McCain, will fly the flag for this commie traitor Kerry on this.

Done with making excusses for the old putz.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 13, 2012 at 4:49 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

My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!!

deadrody on December 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Michael Tomasky thinks she’ll probably end up as National Security Advisor, a post that doesn’t require Senate approval. Likely right.

And, a post where she can do far more damage than as SoS.

TXUS on December 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I don’t believe 0dumba ever seriously considered Rice for the position, so this was much ado about nothing.

Same goes for Kerry – I say that it will not be happening, ever.

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 4:51 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

Dittoes, my friend, dittoes!

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

State Dept: Clinton may NOT testify on Benghazi next week

The White House has prolly decided that it would be sooooo much better “for the country….and the chirrens” if neither Hill or Sue testify about Benghazi under oath. It’s time to move on…

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

And, a post where she can do far more damage than as SoS.

TXUS on December 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Very true – it c/b, however, that Valerie Jarrett will hate having another woman with power this close to the Boy in Chief.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

How about some prison time? 1 year or or so would be a wrist slap.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

When she agreed to tell lies to the American people she was falling on her sword for little Bammie. If she knew it then, nothing more needs to be said. If she didn’t know it then, she is be too stupid to serve as SoS.

slickwillie2001 on December 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Can Obama protect Hillary against subpoena by executive priviledge?

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

“and creeping sharia.”

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 4:59 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

Ouch!

ToddPA on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Very true – it c/b, however, that Valerie Jarrett will hate having another woman with power this close to the Boy in Chief.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

It could be that your gift for hyperbole is matched by your gift for inane conjecture.

It’s kind of sad and pathetic how much many of you have vested your passions in all things Rice.
Meanwhile…your President presides.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Not sure I’m buying this. Obama thinks she’s more valuable as a race stick than being SOS.

Hummer53 on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

There are only two tea leaves here…

1. She struck a book deal in which she’ll make the case for Barry on Rushmore.

2. Somebody much much worse has been tagged as ‘it’.

Limerick on December 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Can Obama protect Hillary against subpoena by executive priviledge?

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Not on everything, but a lot could probably be ring-fenced by invocation of EP. At this point, there is no allegation that there was actual law-breaking, which would severely hamper Obama’s attempt to invoke blanket EP (think Nixon). He can invoke EP on conversations, deliberations, advice, etc, involving himself and Hillary. Usually, it would also apply to those working in the WH and their interactions with her, as long as there is an argument that she was offering advice for the POTUS.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Protect who from what?

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE……the urbs got the power, folks. Pretend all you want but the gimme/you owe me/happy days folks RULE you.

Limerick on December 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Is it not unusual that a cabinet level person (Susan Rice) also reports to the Sec of State..?

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Meanwhile…your President presides.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Pretty shocking how getting caught in a baldface lie about a terrorist attack prevents you from an Obama cabinet position if being a tax cheat didn’t disqualify Geithner running the Treasury.

So we can only imagine what else is in her closet.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Thanks.

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

your President presides.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Eternally the simpatico fool, your president pretends to do anything. He is no more than a boy king.

Meh, on what you surmize about me or anyone else. I just love to be schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Don’t go away mad – just go away.

And take your Rosetta Stone CDs.

jangle12 on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Is it not unusual that a cabinet level person (Susan Rice) also reports to the Sec of State..?

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

She doesn’t. She reports to the Kenyan.

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Welcome to the undercarriage, Susie.

RebeccaH on December 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

So we can only imagine what else is in her closet.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It’s very simple – African and MEern dictators.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

00 was a razors edge, 04 almost the same, 08 we fell off, 12 we chose to continue the fall, even if we can’t see the bottom approaching. So let’s do the same old thing and win!

Spits on sidewalk.

Limerick on December 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Michelle must be freaking out. Barack must be getting an earful right now, or worse.

EddieC on December 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Welcome to the undercarriage, Susie.

RebeccaH on December 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

She’s already been there once thanks to Hillary’s cowardice. Now BO is throwing the bus in reverse to finish the job.

forest on December 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Michelle must be freaking out. Barack must be getting an earful right now, or worse.

EddieC on December 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Heh, the abrasive witch might be very close to him now, not to the liking of the two biggest witches, her and Val. Makes for good fun.

Rice doesn’t like them.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

turned on wolfie he sure was sad about it…

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I can’t remember another time when the: White House, Democratic Leadership and the Media fought so hard to knock down a news story (Benghazi). If this can’t peak a journalist’s interest, then they are truly dead. This is not about Susan Rice, She was always dead on arrival and this coming from the Democrats.

DDay on December 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

hypocrites

upset with attacks on rice, but had no problem attacking any gop nominees

mr filibustered alito senator obama

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Obama couldn’t have wished for more than the right getting and keeping it’s panties all a’twist over Rice.
And now they’ll move onto some equally insignificant (in the grand scheme of things) and rage about that.
(Wait, I think it’s the “Union thugs!!”.)
John McCain’s transformation into a cranky and erratic gadfly and his obsession with Rice (and NOT Benghazi) is an apt metaphor for what’s happened to conservatism in general.
Many of you confused your (still) all consuming hatred for Obama with what you think is your ‘concern’ for your country.
Many of you will find your way back, but for some of you…this now who you are, cranky and bitter McCains.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Heh, the abrasive witch might be very close to him now, not to the liking of the two biggest witches, her and Val. Makes for good fun.

Rice doesn’t like them.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I anticipate Michelle and Val will have the Kenyan microchipped so they can moniter his every move….but, how do they moniter his every word? Pay off a Secret Service guy?

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

and hillary will be going to the hill on the 20th to speak on benghazi…

grill baby grill

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

“The position of secretary of state should never be politicized”

lol — really? Really?

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

tingles and the rest of msdnc
a bunch of racist women hating gop caused this to happen…

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

and hillary will be going to the hill on the 20th to speak on benghazi…

grill baby grill

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

No mas…read above, in the thread.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Eternally simpatico and moronic, and so is McCain.

Babble on. You’re fun.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Hmmm, didn’t think that looked right.

moniter

s/b monitor

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Very true – it c/b, however, that Valerie Jarrett will hate having another woman with power this close to the Boy in Chief.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

According to The Amateur, Val and Mooch nixed the idea of Hill as Vice-President. Too many hens or something…

slickwillie2001 on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Too many hens or something…

slickwillie2001 on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Not hens…sharia

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

cripe

getting away with murder….

I really hate this administration….

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Many of you confused your (still) all consuming hatred for Obama with what you think is your ‘concern’ for your country.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The problem is you Obama cultists have no concern for what Obama is doing to the country. If it’s not worrying you, you need to educate yourself a little more.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

slickwillie2001 on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This may have potential as a reality show.

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The problem is you Obama cultists have no concern for what Obama is doing to the country. If it’s not worrying you, you need to educate yourself a little more.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Shhh, Obama wants them uneducated, unenlightened, in modern day plantations, just shouting “…phone…Obama…phone…”.

These are ‘happy’ bondaged morons.

Starve the Looters who live like the Obamas and keep these people in bondage, ignorant beyond imagination.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It’s kind of sad and pathetic how much many of you have vested your passions in all things Rice.
Meanwhile…your President presides.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hey, let’s talk about Susan Rice’s relationships with Rwanda and OBL, shall we? :)

Obama couldn’t have wished for more than the right getting and keeping it’s panties all a’twist over Rice.
And now they’ll move onto some equally insignificant (in the grand scheme of things) and rage about that.
(Wait, I think it’s the “Union thugs!!”.)
John McCain’s transformation into a cranky and erratic gadfly and his obsession with Rice (and NOT Benghazi) is an apt metaphor for what’s happened to conservatism in general.
Many of you confused your (still) all consuming hatred for Obama with what you think is your ‘concern’ for your country.
Many of you will find your way back, but for some of you…this now who you are, cranky and bitter McCains.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

You don’t realize how hilariously dull and pompous you are, do you?

You are an delusional, self-important idiot, who probably confuses being laughed at with good comedy like your fellow dolt, sesquipedalian.

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

ayotte response….paraphrasing…this is not about one individual, still deeply troubled about the attacks and the lack of cooperation by the white house and the state department

cmsinaz on December 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Well, bye.

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

heh heh, vague movie quote – Tombstone.

Well done.

44Magnum on December 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

She is a sacrificial lamb for Obama, that was the plan from day one.
Expendable.
The Dems throw a black female under the bus and blame the GOP.
Did Rice realize this or did she trust Obama’s promises?
“I got your back Susan”
Just like he said to House Democrats in 2010
All are to be sacrificed to protect the One
The GOP should grill Hillary and take this all the way to the White House if they can.

breffnian on December 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

It’s kind of sad and pathetic how much many of you have vested your passions in all things Rice.
Meanwhile…your President presides.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hey, let’s talk about Susan Rice’s relationships with Rwanda and OBL, shall we? :)

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Well thanks for proving that point.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Many of you will find your way back, but for some of you…this now who you are, cranky and bitter McCains.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Maybe if I get a tan, I can be a cranky and racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

sentinelrules on December 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Something very peculiar about all this. Maybe the president has suddenly decided to nominate qualified individuals to these posts instead of giving them out of pity or paybacks. Yea right. It’s more likely that there’s more to come out about little Miss Rice that’s unfavorable than he was aware of in the beginning.

scalleywag on December 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Of some note:

B. Obama is just the commie msm made baby washing himself in the blood red commie democrat bath water.

One time that the old saying is wrong on both points.

Fresh Water.

New Baby.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

ps

McCain is not a conservative, he is the made man of RINO enableing of the commie democrat party evil.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

5 big fat lies

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Many of you confused your (still) all consuming hatred for Obama with what you think is your ‘concern’ for your country.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The problem is you Obama cultists have no concern for what Obama is doing to the country. If it’s not worrying you, you need to educate yourself a little more.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

No.
The problem is the GOP getting smacked around by their own.
So to please, they have accepted doing nothing to the country…and nothing for.
(Which I think for some of you is success?)

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

It’s more likely that there’s more to come out about little Miss Rice that’s unfavorable than he was aware of in the beginning.

scalleywag on December 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Google her name and Rawanda

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Well thanks for proving that point.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You are guilty of confirmation bias, and you’re stupid to understand or care why I say that, you boring, self-important douchebag.

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Ooops. That would be Rwanda.

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM

It’s interesting that the very people who “politicized” her nomination aren’t the ones who put her up to lying to the American people about what happened in Benghazi. It was the administration that told her what to say. McCain and company just demanded the truth. But whatever, Mr. President. Divide and blame, divide and blame. Rinse and repeat.

scalleywag on December 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

and you’re too stupid to – fixed

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

excuse me

aren’tARE the ones

scalleywag on December 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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.

I’m sure a lot of that is true, but I think it misses the big picture. Obama does not want more scrutiny on Benghazi, and the Susan Rice confirmation hearings would have been guaranteed to bring it.

So you won’t see anyone involved in Benghazi being up for confirmation hearings. If Obama can put in place a new Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and chief of CIA while the old ones quietly fade away, then it can all go straight down the memory hole.

Count on a new Secretary of State being up for confirmation long before Hillary ever appears before a Congressional Committee. Then the new SoS will be able to plead ignorance, and the old SoS will be able to say, “Sorry boys. I’m retired now.”

Betcha the Congressional Committees won’t have the nerve to subpoena Hillary Clinton when she’s no longer Secretary of State.

tom on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

You don’t realize how hilariously dull and pompous you are, do you?

You are an delusional, self-important idiot, who probably confuses being laughed at with good comedy like your fellow dolt, sesquipedalian.

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You’re giving verbaloon more credit than it deserves, as it’s not even in the same Dolt League as sesqui, who is legendary for that attribute.

Del Dolemonte on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Well that’s a nice little win. Nice to see a Leftist thwarted. SHame she’s still our UN ambassador.

rayra on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

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

That may be the most consistency Obama has ever had in foreign policy…..

tom on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

You are guilty of confirmation bias, and you’re stupid to understand or care why I say that, you boring, self-important douchebag.

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You keep telling yourself that.
(Ha! I do hope you get that.)

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Also…

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM
“…you’re stupid to understand or care why I say that…”
followed by…
you self-important douchebag.”

That is just so awesome.
You’re gonna have to prove your ‘smarts’ in other ways, methinks.
Or I guess you could stick with calling people douchebags…

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.”

Is a bunch of American killing al qaeda Benghazi terrorists on the loose a pressing issue? I’m not seeing a lot of action in bringing them to justice. In fact, I think Rice and Obama will do everything in their power to ensure that none of them ever steps foot in this country as a prisoner.

Buddahpundit on December 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

You keep telling yourself that.
(Ha! I do hope you get that.)

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So, instead of explaining why I was wrong, you try to make the topic about me. Did you think that I might not ever have seen that tactic before?

You are guilty as I charged, and you are helpless to refute me – otherwise, you would have. Get it? You’re dismissed – bye now!

You’re giving verbaloon more credit than it deserves, as it’s not even in the same Dolt League as sesqui, who is legendary for that attribute.

Del Dolemonte on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I wasn’t sure that you were correct, but then, verbaluser quickly came right along to prove you right! lol good call, Del! :)

Anti-Control on December 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

“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.”

Don’t go away mad, Susan.

Just go away.

Red Cloud on December 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Don’t go away mad, Susan.

Just go away.

Red Cloud on December 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Amen..:)

Dire Straits on December 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wonder what the Obama offered her in return for that letter.

Maybe Texas?

petefrt on December 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

We deserve better trolls . My goodness the likes of Verbafeces are just so lame. Their snark isn’t even of a decent quality. I think the DU and HuffPo told them to go packing.

CW on December 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

She can blame republicans but I am pretty sure this is because of her joint investments with her husband. Conflicts of interest, include that her husband has been executive producer of ABC’s ”This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” And her Keystone Pipeline investments.

Fleuries on December 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Obama couldn’t have wished for more than the right getting and keeping it’s panties all a’twist over Rice.
And now they’ll move onto some equally insignificant (in the grand scheme of things) and rage about that.
(Wait, I think it’s the “Union thugs!!”.)
John McCain’s transformation into a cranky and erratic gadfly and his obsession with Rice (and NOT Benghazi) is an apt metaphor for what’s happened to conservatism in general.
Many of you confused your (still) all consuming hatred for Obama with what you think is your ‘concern’ for your country.
Many of you will find your way back, but for some of you…this now who you are, cranky and bitter McCains.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

In other words, having an ambassador murdered on Obama’s watch is no biggie so let’s move on, people.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Time to dust off my copy of:

Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry by John E. O’Neill and Jerome Corsi

http://www.amazon.com/Unfit-For-Command-Veterans-ebook/dp/B001WAK8HC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355441058&sr=8-2&keywords=unfit+for+command

So I can brush up on the many, many reasons that John F. Kerry is just as unfit to be our Secretary of State as he was unfit to be our President.

wren on December 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Jenjis Khan. Jenjis. Jenjis. Jenjis.

steebo77 on December 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Don’t go away mad, Susan.

Just go away.

Red Cloud on December 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Exactly. I don’t give a damn about Susan Rice despite my opinion of her. She played a game badly and deserves to stay where she is or to quietly move into the lower recesses of public service….. mopping floors in the men’s rooms of the Senate perhaps?

That aside, I don’t give a rat’s ass about this flunkie.

Millions of better Americans deserve far more.

Screw her.

Cody1991 on December 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

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

Terrible? I’d call that the understatement of the day.

This n’er-do-well gigilo will transform State into the Department of Appeasement, Grovel and Surrender, then make it a subsidiary of the United Nations.

petefrt on December 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I hate you racists.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Rice was never a serious candidate for the job. They tossed her out there to make the GOP look like a bunch of troglodytes for opposing an accomplished black woman. McCain got to make a few gaseous noises, and collect a pointless scalp. Kerry and Hagel, both members of the “club”, will sail through.

God, the GOP is pathetic.

Mr. Arkadin on December 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM

No.
The problem is the GOP getting smacked around by their own.
So to please, they have accepted doing nothing to the country…and nothing for.
(Which I think for some of you is success?)

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

You can say with a straight face that Obama’s policies are successful?

We’ll be cleaning up after this man for decades.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Remember this when FOX is attacked.

The “white Hispanic” Zimmerman is going to sue NBC. You may recall that a security guard who was railroaded in public opinion after finding explosives at the Atlanta Olympics, collected an estimated half million from the same loose and grandstanding source.

Separately, I have been told that the Obama administration is the most inclusive, understanding and honest bunch of folks you could hope to find on the left — if compared with some of the examples of humanity running around some newsrooms.

And we got endless news about hacking phone messages and other accusations against Keith Rupert Murdoch who is supposed to be the king of media lies and destruction.

BTW, I never did hear anything from our POTUS in the way of an attempt to straighten out all the grossly misleading info.

In other words, having an ambassador murdered on Obama’s watch is no biggie so let’s move on, people.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

How does Andrea Mitchell sleep at night? Is she nuts?

Cranky, well, lets just be racially divisive over some woman not making it to be Sec’y of State after spouting things she couldn’t explain on FIVE Sunday talk shows..good thing MSNBC has such a bitter and stupid audience.

IlikedAUH2O on December 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Those dems love the Clintons. No way she was going to fall.

LaughterJones on December 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Thanks for playing now GTFO

WisCon on December 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I hate you racists.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Are you writing to the people who post here, Andrea and/or the MSNBC gang or do you make some metaphysical attempt to curse some people or just nature in the abstract?

Wjatever makes you feel better.

I can recommend some real white supremacist or other racist sites if you are lost.

IlikedAUH2O on December 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

C’mon Bishop…you can handle that set up at humor!

IlikedAUH2O on December 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Bye, liar.

Philly on December 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Republican opposition on any subject does not cause Obama to back down; it causes him to fight all the harder for what he wants–even if it means going to extreme and absurd lengths to vilify those opposing him. So for President Revenge to back down on Susan Rice strikes me as very, very odd–even given her pipeline connection and personality “flaws” (I just seriously doubt anything like that would be enough to cause Obama to swallow his pride and accept that what irritates Republicans will not happen).

It inclines me to believe that even our worst speculations on what happened in Benghazi might not be bad enough, and it inclines me to hope that Obama might be more vulnerable on the subject than we think. (Given all the other stuff he’s pulled during his presidency, for him to think he wouldn’t be able to weather the storm a close look at Benghazi might raise, even with the protection of the press, is rather telling.)

butterflies and puppies on December 13, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Chuck Schick

The only thing you’ll be cleaning up are the cheeto crumbs off your key board, fat ass.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Bye, liar.

Philly on December 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

+ 1

Now the media continue the poison of lies, with creating black resentment over what was an apparently foul attempt to change the appearance of the deaths of four people.

What would be even and fair?

FOX should do a show “The Horrible Death of Four WHITE MALE Patriots” at the hands of Obama!

IlikedAUH2O on December 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

The only thing you’ll be cleaning up are the cheeto crumbs off your key board, fat ass.

lostmotherland on December 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Sweet retort.

Chuck Schick on December 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

when Scott Brown told the Senate yesterday that he and they may “meet again,” he wasn’t kidding. How’s next year sound?

As if. Dem gov’t in MA will change the law to allow Deval Patrick to appoint a replacement. No way they let it go to Scott Brown.

bofh on December 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

How does Andrea Mitchell sleep at night? Is she nuts?

IlikedAUH2O on December 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Considering who she’s sleeping with, I’d guess with a bunch of pills and/or a headache. Actually, the headache is probably optional.

bofh on December 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Few things are more amusing than Liberal-Human-Sacrifice.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya….you lying liar who lies.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Bless her heart…

Wonder what she got as a consolation prize?

I hear NSA Chief.

Even better, no repsonsibility to congress what-so-ever.

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 8:25 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.

Um….. That is what we call vetting. More troubling to me is the fact that a gal who can not become SecState can keep her job our representative to the United Nations. How about sending Susan Rice to Tripoli. From the news, I understand that there is an opening there.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Hey Rice and Obama, you lied to the American people. F%%k both of you.

WannabeAnglican on December 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

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