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  •  Do they think he should have forced her into it? (12+ / 0-)

    I think her letter sounds quite sincere and she chose to stay in her current job, because she did not want to continue with the bullshit political/personal attacks. I can certainly understand her decision.

    I don't know why this is this being spun as President Obama being weak. These critics should be picking up on Rice's theme in her letter -- how wrong it is for the likes of John McCain to be making national security appointments into a political game. Why let them off the hook to go after Obama? As if it is his fault that these asshole senators made her not want the job under such hateful circumstances.

    •  Her letter may well be quite sincere... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...but let's be realistic about how such things are done at high levels. I'll wager that letter was vetted 20 ways to Sunday. Every word, every punctuation mark was discussed before it was publicly released. Not because (necessarily) any chicanery was going on, but because that's how things are done in Washington. This doesn't mean it wasn't ultimately her decision or one mutually agreed upon by Rice and the president. But the idea that she sat down and wrote that letter yesterday afternoon and submitted it sight unseen to the president and his advisers is laughable.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:03:42 PM PST

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      •  Agreed, she likely chose not to be considered any (1+ / 0-)
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        longer but there was certainly communications and planning about it for at least a couple days imo.

      •  Yes, I agree, and (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't think my comment in any suggested when she wrote the letter or that it was not carefully vetted. Of course it was, my point is that is seems sincere that it was her choice, not a case of President Obama 'caving in' to McCain and his cohorts. And that I think focusing criticism on Obama in this case is misguided... these senators and their ridiculous behavior should be the focus of criticism, as the letter strongly suggested.

        •  Your comment did not suggest that. And I ... (3+ / 0-)
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          ...wasn't trying to imply that you did. Sorry if it sounded that way.

          I was just responding at a convenient location in the thread to hints in various places throughout it that there was no careful planning involved here. Neither Obama nor Rice got where they are without first thoroughly gauging how people can be expected to react to some action they are thinking of taking. Such planning isn't always successful, but it is, most certainly, always done.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:35:21 PM PST

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      •  It's a great letter though (2+ / 0-)
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        It takes or gives her power right back to her, it is a letter with a servants heart.

    •  It wearies me that (7+ / 0-)

      some people are so eager to blame every dishonest, immoral, greedy, unAmerican action of the GOP on the President.  With friends like these, who needs enemies?

      “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ~ Yann Martel

      by SottoVoce on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:11:19 PM PST

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    •  I think both POVs (1+ / 0-)
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      are equally plausible here and T&R your point, while understanding why some would say it's a bitch move as well.

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