Susan Rice has pulled her name from contention as Secretary of State even though she was never nominated.
There are many reasons why Susan Rice cannot be the nominee and none of them have anything to do with the right wing, but the GOP, conservatives, talk radio, and Fox News are being blamed.
President Obama sent Susan Rice out to represent him on the Sunday shows and then attacked the GOP for criticizing her obvious misstatements on Benghazi since she had nothing to do with Benghazi. [Independent Sentinel]
When she was questioned about Benghazi behind closed doors, she raised more questions about Benghazi than she answered. [Independent Sentinel]
If she were the nominee, she would be grilled on Benghazi, a topic that Obama wants to die – he has covered it up and he is getting away with it. Jason Chaffetz has not even been allowed to speak to the Benghazi survivors as part of the Benghazi investigation.
Rice has been under attack from her own side for being close to African dictators while in the Clinton administration.[NY Times] Environmentalists complain she is too close to the Keystone pipeline.[NPR]
The left wing is going wild blaming the right wing for Susan Rice pulling her name out of contention as sexist, racist and unfair victimization by the right.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams, Rice said that she didn’t want her nomination to result in a “prolonged” and “politicized” confirmation process. [self-serving blather]
President Obama also blamed the GOP for their “unfair” attacks:
“I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] 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,” said President Obama in a statement released moments after the news was broken by NBC.
Democrat Barbara Lee tweeted that she was disappointed a woman of color would be denied a fair shot @ Sec State based on unfounded political attacks. [Republicans have appointed people of color and women so this makes no sense]
Andrea Mitchell said it will hurt the GOP because they forced a woman of color out:
NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir said that Rice was a victim of conservatives:
“It was all driven, in many cases, by some conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story….[which] never made a lot of sense. She sort of became a victim of this.”
He went on to blame conservatives for her situation:
I think it is too easy now in the way our media world is set up, the media landscape is set up, that if – you can become collateral damage in a hurry in just the way you can get piled on, whether it’s Twitter, whether it’s advocacy journalism, whatever you want to describe it, talk radio. And that’s what she was. Let’s not – make no mistake, she became political collateral damage and I think that that’s something that we’ve got a little introspection here.”
With Susan Rice out of the running, John Kerry is the leading contender for Secretary of State [ugh] and anti-Israeli RINO Chuck Hagel is allegedly being talked about for Secretary of Defense [ugh,ugh]
The National Jewish Defense Council outlined Hagel’s record on Israel during the Bush era:
- In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
- In October 2000, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.
- In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yasir Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.
- In December 2005, Hagel was one of only 27 who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.
- In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.
- And here’s what the anti-Israel group, CAIR wrote in praise of Hagel: “Potential presidential candidates for 2008, like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, were falling all over themselves to express their support for Israel. The only exception to that rule was Senator Chuck Hagel…” [Council on American-Islamic Relations, 8/28/06]
If Hagel becomes Obama’s choice, rather than being concerned, the NJDC will undoubtedly find ways to support the decision.