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I will have updates with additional information HERE. I wanted to get this out right away.

Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be Secretary of State. MSNBC reports that Mrs. Rice, a graduate of Stanford and a Rhodes Scholar submitted her letter to the president today.

Mrs. Rice states in her letter.

The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S Administrations, I am saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

Sadly for Mrs. Rice, this is a different era. Qualifications no longer matters on one side of the isle. Destructive politics now reigns. When the opposing party can simply threaten a filibuster on a made up scandal created by a so called news network that operates as their personal propaganda wing, it speaks poorly for the country’s future if this type of politics is not mitigated in the near future.

Mrs. Rice’s failure according to Senator McCain and a small sample of Republican Senators is that she misled the American public on Network TV on the embassy attacks in Benghazi; this even as she was given the specific talking points to use. This is more likely a vendetta on Susan Rice’s description of Senator McCain during the 2008 election where she referred to his policies as “reckless” and his trip to Iraq as “strolling around in a flak jacket”.

Susan Rice in her letter shows she is a self-less patriot as she puts country first. She writes,

However, 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. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

The disruptive Right has extracted their pound of flesh from this re-elected president. This short term victory will likely harden the president’s resolve to really fight for middle class issues. They have drawn blood from a close friend and a national hero.

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  •  I think this was the best move. (1+ / 0-)
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    She may have been confirmed but there would have been weeks of debate over what was known and a basic lack of trust of the organization that gave the talking points.  I think the CIA misled Rice and that was wrong.

    •  Best move for whom? (0+ / 0-)

      If she 'may have been confirmed', then the Administration should have shown some guts and pushed it through. Otherwise, this is a full capitulation for nothing.

      IF this opens the door for Obama to nominate Kerry, then game, set and match for the baggers and thugs. Surely Obama must not nominate Kerry to any other post right now.

      This all smells of a big time cave in . I hope I am wrong.

      I probably am, but I'm pissed now.

      "Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others" Robert F. Kennedy

      by realwischeese on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:58:19 PM PST

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      •  There may have been more to it. (0+ / 0-)

        Many Progressives--I am one--were strongly lobbying their Senators that Susan Rice, who has heavy holdings in Trans Canada and other companies that are associated with the Keystone Pipeline and tar sands development, and who has been quite hawkish on our "wars" (more so than Obama), was not the right person for this job.  Too many conflicts.  I think the fight could have been bipartisan, or at least would bring up these conflicts, and that is what he couldn't deal with and why he began to back off giving her full support.  Kerry really is way more qualified and, now, McCain, et al., will have to shut up.  Republicans will once again show themselves to hate people of color, women, and appear crazy to moderates in their party.  

        Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. George Orwell

        by 6079SmithW on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:40:42 PM PST

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  •  This and rejecting the (0+ / 0-)

    UN treaty on accessibility because of some whackjob right-wing CT theory that made its way into the senate is absolutely despicable.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:06:30 PM PST

  •  Sad news but (1+ / 0-)
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    maybe now that they have their little victory they will relax a little on their budget demands and let this process go forward before we hit the "cliff".

    "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government" -Thomas Jefferson

    by Phil In Denver on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:17:44 PM PST

    •  Don't think so.... (4+ / 0-)
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      Massconfusion, BlackSheep1, marzook, FG

      THIS president will get NO let up by the Rethugs. He is NOT ever going to be respected EVER. I expect a tough fight the next 4 years on everything this president proposes. My hope is that the American people PUNISH the Rethugs  in the voting booth over the next several years for their wretchedness and hatred against OF the President, them and this country.

  •  Very..... (3+ / 0-)

    SAD when 2 right-winged whack jobs get their way, and that Susan Rice won't get a hearing to possibly become US SOS. There's ALWAYS going to be some "push back" from the right on anything THIS POTUS does or says. Rice asking the POTUS to pull her name from a possible nomination of SOS will not end that. Horrible pattern. There's always going to be push back against THIS president because he's African-American. But then you look at those sham hearings conducted by Issa against Jeff Holder, who was later on cleared of ANY wrong-doing, and now Susan Rice who was an African-American female, was gone after by those right-winged losers McCain & Graham. I guess they thought she was too "uppity" to be SOS. Rice was benevolent in withdrawing her name, but this will NOT stop the disrespect against the POTUS from the right. As he is seen as a black man in THEIR White House.

  •  God help the US and Massachusetts (2+ / 0-)
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    mwm341, marzook

    If John Kerry gets nominated Scotty Brown will be the first to file papers to run for his seat...

    •  we need to keep every seat (1+ / 0-)
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      good god, there's got to be someone out there. is there someone we can get behind and push for that would be good and, as importantly, who doesn't lose us a congressional seat.? we need to shore up the senate and chip away at the house -- vote the gop gov's out...that's job one for 2016 and beyond.

      Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

      by marzook on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:17:44 PM PST

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      •  Mike Capuano a congressman from... (1+ / 0-)
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        Somerville will want this seat. He's a tough Liberal but, not with a lot of name recognition and that will be key in a special election. Brown has already won one of these so I hope Kerry and the President think long and hard before leaving this seat up for grabs...we just got rid of the creep for christ sakes!

  •  Her spirit of self-sacrifice tells me (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, mwm341, Tina1961

    that she was probably the best person for the job.  Power is always better in the hands of people who do not place their own advancement above the greater good.

    "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

    by quillsinister on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:53:31 PM PST

  •  I like the idea of Wes Clark or Samantha Power (1+ / 0-)
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    as alternatives. Unfortunately, we need John Kerry where he is.

    President Barack Obama. Good man in a storm.

    by mwm341 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:55:06 PM PST

  •  I think Wes Clark could do this job (2+ / 0-)
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    mwm341, Pluto

    I don't think there'd be traction for McCain/today's-RWNJ-whackadoodle to oppose him.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:17:06 PM PST

  •  William Burns for Secretary of State (1+ / 0-)
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    He is the current highest ranking foreign service officer.  Appointing him would return the Secretary of State to just another cabinet officer and allow President Obama to front for his own foreign policy.

    If the President wants to cause the GOP heartburn, he can appoint Rice as CIA Director or DNI.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:18:07 PM PST

  •  First rule of Secy of State: (0+ / 0-)

    Let's hope the President picks someone who didn't get rickrolled by the obvious Iraq war bullshit. No one in the world respects that.

    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:36:31 PM PST

  •  Ah yes... (0+ / 0-)

    if the Repubs ever, EVER think that I would vote for one of them, no matter how reasonable they may seem, this should essentially seal that coffin.

    "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."~Little Ricky Santorum

    by Dahankster on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:53:15 PM PST

  •  Obama, want to anger the Rs? Colin Powell. (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, he's got experience.

    "Marco Rubio es un pañuelo Rosa!" - Montgomery Burns

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:20:08 PM PST

  •  Interesting that Rice listed comprehensive (0+ / 0-)

    immigration reform at the top of four "core goals" of the Administration over the next 4 years that must be protected by her stepping aside.

    “I’m able to fly, do what I want, essentially. I guess that’s what freedom is — no limits.” Marybeth Onyeukwu -- Brooklyn DREAMer.

    by chuco35 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:45:48 PM PST

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