This is a fight we picked. Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte held a news conference making very clear they would filibusters any nomination of Susan Rice … and now we’ve abandoned the field to the other side.

At the risk of being obvious, here’s a handy guide of what we need to start doing on the Rice debate and pretty much everything else:

1. The GOP needs to get organized so they’re ready for the media’s talking points. What happened this morning on Soledad O’Brien can’t keep happening.

2. Once organized, the GOP needs to flood the media with happy warrior Republicans who are prepared to push back and get our message out there.

3. Oh, and when it comes to anything the media deems racialist or genderific, can we find someone other than old white guys to lay out our case? Why isn’t Condi Rice making the case against Susan Rice? Where’s Susana Martinez? The GOP is flush with women and minorities. Let’s get them prepped for battle and get them out there. We can kill these racist/sexist memes simply by showing up. Optics do matter.