Rice withdraws name from SecState consideration

| December 13, 2012

The Daily Caller reports that UN Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for the Secretary of State position as the successor of Hillary Clinton;

NBC News reports that Rice informed President Barack Obama of her decision in a letter, citing the strong opposition to her candidacy from Republicans on the Hill.

“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,” her letter said, according to NBC News.

But, see that’s probably not good news either, because Susan Collins, the Senator from Maine says that John Kerry would make an excellent Secretary of State. After meeting with him last month, she said;

“I think John Kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues,” she said.

Funny, I told the reporter from Human Events today that I predicted Kerry would be Secretary of State four years ago, and she said something about him being crowded out by Rice. Not so much now.

Well, Kerry will be the Defense Secretary or the Secretary of State either way.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden

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  1. FatCircles0311 says:

    “Well, Kerry will be the Defense Secretary or the Secretary of State either way.”

    Incoming safety stand down due to the overwhelming amount of service members blowing their brains out after hearing Kerry becoming SecDef.

  2. CI says:

    All things considered…I’d rather have Kerry at State than Defense…and I’d rather have Hagel at DoD as opposed to any number of window-lickers they could try to put there.

  3. Hondo says:

    CI: fully agree with you here. State’s pretty hopeless as it is, and has been for decades. I don’t see that Kerry can mess that up any worse.

  4. CI says:

    Foggy Bottom is more a mindset than a location!

  5. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    State used to be the home for lefties. Nowadays, any place is their home. Sure, why not Kerry? The peoples spoketh. By the way, Rice really needs to do something with her hair. It’s too late for the personality makeover.

  6. NHSparky says:

    Great–we go from a clueless mouthpiece to a backstabbing POS.

    Hell of a choice we’ve got there.

  7. NHSparky says:

    However, there is a silver lining to this cloud. Consider that Kerry is the senior Senator from MA (and a very senior one overall, at that.)

    Considering that Fauxcahontas is now the senior Senator (ha!) and a special election has to be held to replace the warm “People’s Seat”, how many people here think it’d be funnier than shit if Scott Brown ended up taking that seat?

    Yeah, I know not a lot of people are all that wild about Brown, but given the choice between him and Kerry, it’s not a tough decision to make.

  8. Old Tanker says:

    Sparky, at least the back stabbing POS won’t be SecDef!

  9. COB6 says:

    Obama will just appoint Rice as National Security Advisor (with no Senate approval needed) and she will indeed become the defacto SecState. Kerry will get the frequent flier milage but Rice will run the show.

  10. AW1 Tim says:

    COB6: I was speculating with a couple friends over what Obama offered Rice to withdraw her name. You just KNOW she had to get some plum job or assignment in order to keep her mouth shut. She knows where a lot of the bodies are buried, I reckon.

    There’s just no way in hell that Obama was going to let her walk away from this administration without some form of muzzle/leash.

  11. Bill R. says:

    “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,” her letter said, according to NBC News.

    That’s because she went on five different Sunday Talk News TV shows and lied through her teeth about Benghazi.

  12. Mok1edawg says:

    “Well, Kerry will be the Defense Secretary or the Secretary of State either way.”

    God help us either way!

  13. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @12. You do know who is president, right?

  14. Ben says:

    @NHSSparky: Brown will run. He may not win but he will run.

    If that seat opens up there will be yet another Senate election here in Mass starring Scott Brown. I wish I could vote for him but he’s just too liberal.

  15. Hondo says:

    Ben: compare him to the alternative (e.g., the other candidate). And remember that not voting or casting a protest vote has the same effect as voting for that other candidate.

    Moral: half a loaf is better than nothing.

  16. DaveO says:

    #15: Why won’t Patrick just get the law changed again, and appoint himself?

  17. Joe Williams says:

    If Rice went before the nonim. Senators, they could ask her questions that OBO does not want answeed HMMMM ? Joe

  18. MAJMike says:

    With Kerry as SecState and Rice as National Security Advisor, the clash of giant egos should be interesting. Both love the camera and the sound of their own voices.

    Does Kerry still have his magic hat?

  19. Common Sense says:

    Scuttlebutt is that Chuck Hagel will be Defense Secretary

  20. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    As long as obama is president and Joey Moron is vice president, what difference does it make who sits in what seat?

  21. Nik says:

    I think Rice was a sacrificial goat. “Let’s put someone they’re really mad at right now, and when they say no, slip Kerry in there. They’ll think, ‘Hey…it’s not the other guy, so ok” and we win.”

  22. Devtun says:

    Have to read between the lines and surmise that even many powerful Dems were privately giving luke warm endorsements (faint praise). When a northeastern liberal R’pub Sen Susan Collins is backing away from endorsing a Rice nomination…you might have problems. Rice’s recent private meeting w/ senior Republican Senators apparently was a big fail – she flubbed her interview. The writing is on the wall…she can’t stand up to the Senate confirmation hearings scrutiny.

    If your a R’pub…you want/pray Obama to nominate Rice. What better way to get Benghazi on the front pages than a Senate confirmation inquisition “what did you know and when”? The verbal gymnastics would have been interesting.

  23. USMCE8Ret says:

    @21 – I disagree. I don’t think Susan Rice was a sacrificial goat. I think she’s an opportunist and said the things she said on the 5 Sunday TV talk shows because Hillary stepped away, knowing how bad things were. Rice’s handlers told her what to say (although it was incorrect and inaccurate). IMO, she my have been better saying “We are still waiting for all the details to come in about Benghazi. We can’t assume anything at this point.” In any case, we STILL don’t know what’s going on about Benghazi, and it’s unlikely we never will.

  24. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Sparky, it appears my fellow citizens in Mass would rather have a proven liar than a RINO like Scott Brown…of course that should come as no surprise as I think we have set the record for most state speakers of the house indicted consecutively for criminal activity of any state in the nation.

    This government in Massachusetts is one of the most vile, corrupt organizations in the country, you would be more respected to tell people you shoplift for a living than you are a politician in Massachusetts….

  25. Nik says:


    I take your meaning. What I mean is she was a goat later on in the process. I don’t think she stood a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting the SoS slot.

  26. NHSparky says:

    VOV–true, but then if MA voters weren’t so brain-dead, and MA pols weren’t so corrupt, what would Howie Carr write about?

  27. USMCE8Ret says:

    @25 – I see your point. It’s funny how she didn’t see the situation for what it was, or how it could have risen to the point where it has now. Hillary must have (and I’m no Hillary or “Clinton” fan by any stretch of the imagination), as I wondered why the UN Ambassador was speaking about it and not the Secretary of State herself. It just seems to me she lept at an opportunity to give herself more exposure without thinking about the consequences. Barry threw her under the bus, then stepped in for her. Funny how they do things in the Beltway.

  28. Ex-PH2 says:

    VOV, are you saying that Massachusetts is worse than Illinois?

    How dare they? Who do those people think they are, bypassing the worst, nastiest, most corrupt state government in the country, smack dab in the middle of the country? If Dan Madigan ever dries up and blows away, the whole thing may collapse in on itself.

  29. Nik says:

    I just heard a clip of Andrea Mitchell saying it’s because she is a “woman of color”.

    I concur. Republicans would never put a person of color, nor a woman, and certainly not both(!) into such an important position.

    Oh. Excuse me Condi. Didn’t see you sitting there.

  30. Nik says:

    President Barack Obama today will nominate Sen. John Kerry, the former presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be the next secretary of State, a senior administration official tells CNN.

    The senior senator from Massachusetts is noted for the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed Hillary Clinton, the outgoing top U.S. diplomat.

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice had been seen as a frontrunner for the job, but she withdrew her name from consideration after Republicans said her comments on television about the killings of Americans in Libya were misleading.

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