Via the Washington Post:
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has pulled her name out of consideration for nomination as the next secretary of state.
“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 first obtained by NBC News. “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.”
President Obama responded in a statement of his own, saying that he is “grateful” that Rice will continue to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and as a “key member” of his national security team.
This was as predictable as the sun rising in the east. There’s no way Obama and others in his administration — 2016 presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton comes to mind — wanted Rice to go before a Senate committee and publicly answer questions about the Administration’s handling of Benghazi. By virtue of Rice withdrawing her name, Obama wins on two counts. First, he continues to keep the Libya-Benghazi scandal swept safely under the rug (with the aid of the media, of course). Second, he won’t be forced to justify nominating someone other than Rice to his kook liberal base, who’ve made it clear to Obama that they want him to nominate her if for no other reason than they don’t want Obama to capitulate to those evil Republicans who, naturally, only oppose Rice because she’s black. So I guess that makes John Kerry, who (I’m told) served in Vietnam, the frontrunner now.