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Does Rice’s fall make a Hagel nomination less likely?

posted at 11:01 am on December 18, 2012 by

With Susan Rice tossed aside for the Secretary of State opening, The Hill reported on Sunday that Barack Obama might come under more pressure to find women for Cabinet openings.  That may mean that Chuck Hagel won’t get a seat at the table:

Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid for secretary of State could give other women a second look at senior positions in President Obama’s second term cabinet.

The president is likely to want a cabinet that reflects the country’s diversity and is made up of more than just white men, who appear to be the frontrunners for the top jobs at the Pentagon, State and Treasury.

The decision by Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations to avoid a confirmation battle with Senate Republicans could prompt the White House to take a second look at officials such as former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, who has been mentioned as a candidate to be the first female secretary of Defense.

That thought occurred to me as well.  Hagel’s nomination won’t win him many accolades for bipartisanship, and the objections over some of Hagel’s past comments from Jewish Democrats might make his confirmation unexpectedly bumpy.  Why not choose Flournoy and get credit for a little bit of history at the same time?

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The reports of all the infighting and factions is pretty interesting.

Cindy Munford on December 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Does Rice’s fall make a Hagel nomination less likely? – title of thread

I don’t give a darn about the “fall” of Rice. I am so concerned about the health of Hillary. She is so, so ill. She has been so ill she has suffered from a fall and concussion that her doctors recommend that she not testify on Thursday./sarc

SC.Charlie on December 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM

SC.Charlie on December 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM

You forgot your #caring hashtag. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on December 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The reports of all the infighting and factions is pretty interesting.

Cindy Munford on December 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

They always squabble, as we do, they just united more under Obama than we did under Romney.

thebrokenrattle on December 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Uh, Rice didn’t “FALL”.

The entire Rice episode played out exactly as scripted – Rice was in on the scheme – and once again, she proved her loyalty to her “lord and savior”. The whole thing was a hoax.

Pork-Chop on December 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Anyone notice Obama only plays golf with guys …..

(stir pot) …. :)

BD57 on December 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM