After nakedly political attacks made against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about a fictional scandal behind the Benghazi Attacks, she has now withdrawn her named from consideration to be nominated for the role of Secretary of State.
Ambassador Rice cited the following as reasoning for removal of her name from consideration:
“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you [President Obama] and to our most pressing national and international priorities…”
This is a tragic day for American politics. Not only does it show the detestable act of swift boating is still alive and well in politics, it brings no real reward for the right other than to politically harm the President of the United States by removing his ideal pick for Secretary of State off the field, and possible harming America by preventing the highly qualified official from taking office.
Many in the past have suggested, including myself, that one of the ulterior motives of these attacks was to instead have Senator John Kerry be nominated to the role of Secretary of State, opening up a Massachusetts Senate seat to outgoing Republican Senator Scott Brown who was just unseated by Senator Elect Elizabeth Warren.
Before all of this happened, it was likely Ambassador Rice would have become Secretary of State and Senator Kerry would have become the new National Security Advisor, a seat in government that requires no confirmation by the Senate. Now it is likely Kerry will become Secretary of State and Rice will become National Security Advisor, leaving an open Senate seat either way.
All that is really left to be said about these turn of events is how tragic it is that such political attacks would be made against such a person that the facts show truly didn’t deserve them. This witch hunt spearheaded by Senator John McCain is more proof to add to the pile of acts fueled by bitterness towards the President for winning the 2008 Election.