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The whole nomination process has descended into farce.

This time I am laying it at the door of the President, and his potential nominee and if you want to find out why, and a possible solution that will make heads explode, we need to go sub-squiggle

It's not often I lay the blame for political strife in this country at the door of the President.

The atmosphere he has had to work in is so toxic that it is quite unprecedented. He has little real legislative power, and when the opposition has only the agenda of stopping him rather than presenting an alternative view for America, it must be difficult to accomplish anything at all.

On this occasion I do feel that allowing two senile old gits to set the agenda is something that could have been avoided.

If the President wanted Susan Rice, then he should have appointed her as soon as Mr "Get Off My Lawn" opened his big fat gob on the subject. There, done it, go away!

I admire and respect Barack Obama for the manner in which he defended Susan Rice, but what happened next was ridiculous. We have had four years knowing that the rich. old and very dumb white guys will not stop. They blather on endlessly and care not one jot what comes out of their mouths if there is a Fox News microphone handy.

John McCain and Lindsay Graham are too busy damaging their own legacies to notice the harm they are doing to the country, and all because they are cowards. It's sad, but I ran out of compassion for them a long time ago.

So ... a solution.

My solution would be to stick my middle digit up and wave it in the general direction of Capitol Hill. If you don't want an eminently qualified candidate because she is black, or a woman, or appointing her will stop your little scheme to get a special election in Massachusetts, that is not doing the best thing for America, it is doing the best thing for the Republican Party.

So ... don't nominate a Secretary of State! None, nada, we can manage without.

But ... But ... But ... What about those important duties? The foreign policy, the security services the, the, the ... All that good stuff Hillary has been doing, and has been roundly praised for doing?

I hear you, we need someone doing those things so ....

Let Joe Biden do the job!

He is qualified, he doesn't need to be confirmed and his only real current job is one we really don't much need.

Give the job to Joe. He doesn't need a title because he already has a pretty decent one, and he doesn't need to be nominated. All he needs is to be given the nod.

There may be technical difficulties I am unaware of. What I do know is that such matters never stopped George Bush, so why break those habits now?

Give The Job to Joe!

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  •  Joe Biden (12+ / 0-)

    would be an excellent choice on any number of levels.

    Not least of which would be the howling like stupid whiny babies that we would hear from the Right.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:11:13 AM PST

  •  Brilliant idea! (7+ / 0-)

    I'd have posted the Guinness beer guys, but my computer's wonky this morning.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:22:06 AM PST

  •  And just to get a good jab in, PBO should nominate (6+ / 0-)

    Elizabeth Warren for Secretary of the Treasury and fight like hell to get her nominated.

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:25:50 AM PST

  •  But is it legal? (3+ / 0-)
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    palantir, commonmass, twigg

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:30:08 AM PST

  •  Uh? (6+ / 0-)
    If the President wanted Susan Rice, then he should have appointed her as soon as Mr "Get Off My Lawn" opened his big fat gob on the subject.
    The election had just happened! We were still counting votes.
    Had he done that - nominated her just as a preemptive strike against McCain - then we would have accused him of allowing that media whore to set the agenda.
    Problem is not with the president.
    The problem is with members of the GOP who would want to deny the president the right to choose his own cabinet members. Witness McCain calling John Kerry "Mr. Secretary."
    The problem is with the Republicans who wanted a scandal and was going to get one, by God!
    The problem is with the media who allowed the GOP to use the Benghazi issue to bludgeon Susan Rice because they need scandals to generate ratings. With Anderson Cooper and CNN who used breaking news banner to promote GOP talking points.
    That we are allowing this issue to define Susan Rice is troubling. That we are now hearing that she is "too blunt" by no less an outlet than NYT is beyond infuriating,

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:30:26 AM PST

    •  Then her name should never have surfaced (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      You can't have it both ways.

      If it was too soon, then why was her name floated?

      Once she was out there she should have been nominated.

      The longer names float around, the more mischief the Right will get up to.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:33:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Who first "floated" her name? (2+ / 0-)
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        commonmass, TheLizardKing

        The media.
        As soon as it was known that Hillary Clinton would not be serving a second term, the Chuck Todds began speculating.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:38:19 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  It would be unusual (0+ / 0-)

          for the media to simply pluck a name from the air and start talking about it because that is not how it works.

          If they do that it is very easy for the White House to simply deny such a rumour.

          Names are floated, quite deliberately and the media was talking about a "trial balloon". That is code for "The White House is seriously considering this, and we know this because well-placed officials have told us".

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          by twigg on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:43:43 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  This was not just any name. (0+ / 0-)

            This is the current UN Ambassador.
            This required no floating from the WH.

            Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

            by JoanMar on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:47:36 AM PST

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      •  By this standard... (2+ / 0-)
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        Once she was out there she should have been nominated.
        ...we would have had two nominees as John Kerry was also being mentioned.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:40:55 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Well, a quick look at Wikipedia shows: (5+ / 0-)
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    When there is a vacancy in the office of Secretary of State, the duties are exercised either by another member of the cabinet, or, in more recent times, by a high-ranking official of the State Department until the President appoints, and the United States Senate confirms, a new Secretary.
    Which I guess would suggest that technically speaking, the President can take all the time he wants in during any vacancy (if Sec. Clinton should not agree to stay on for an unspecified length of time) before nominating someone.

    So maybe we don't need a Sec. of State--at least not right this minute.

    Now, if he wants to appoint Kerry, I think he should do it now: Scott Brown has a lot less money in his war chest than likely challenger in a special election, Ed Markey, and the campaign slogan for Democrats in Massachusetts is easily written: "Brown: Wrong for Massachusetts in 2012, Wrong for Massachusetts in 2013". OR, the Commonwealth's legislature can re-write the rules and allow Gov. Patrick to appoint himself appoint an interim Senator (they changed the rule to require a special election to avoid a GOP appointed interim). Besides, one more GOP Senator is not going to do much to the balance of the Senate anyway.

    Frankly, I think he should wait until he figures out just whom he wants to appoint to avoid the embarrassment of hanging another prospective appointee out to dry. This was NOT the President's finest hour, to be sure.

    I am gay, and I'm getting married in the Episcopal Church, just like my great-grandmother did.

    by commonmass on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:34:25 AM PST

    •  Don't agree with your last line (3+ / 0-)
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      but do with everything else.
      Plus this gives me a chance to send some love and say congrats! :)

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:53:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  That raises possibilities (2+ / 0-)
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      When there is a vacancy in the office of Secretary of State, the duties are exercised either by another member of the cabinet, or, in more recent times, by a high-ranking official of the State Department...
      Do said "high-ranking officials" require Senate approval?  If not, he could just appoint her to a position in the State Dept, then let Clinton resign, and have Rice run the show - until such time as the cReeps shut the hell up.

      Alas, it won't happen.  This capitulation over Rice says to me that, with the election over, Campaign Obama is now replaced by Milquetoast Obama.  Next up, permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts and a continuation of the assault on Social Security and Medicare.  I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I'm not optimistic.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:36:36 AM PST

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      •  The role of the VP (1+ / 0-)
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        commonmass

        outwith the principle constitutional demands, is entirely a matter for the President.

        The President is free to task Joe Biden in pretty much any manner he sees fit.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        by twigg on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:13:46 AM PST

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  •  As POTUS, I would continue to poke GOP buttons (2+ / 0-)
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    twigg, tle

    President Obama should nominate someone who is both well-qualified and would drive the right crazy. NSCer Samantha Power is female, knows her genocide and the RWNJs would see her as a threat to Israel. If you preemptively shoot down Rice then you get someone whom you actually have a reason to dislike.

    My real point is that there are plenty of qualified candidates for SoS. Joe Biden is fantastic, but I wouldn't want him as our top diplomat. I like the idea of having someone who isn't an old, white male in that position. And I say that as an old, white male.

  •  So the President should just skip the appointment (0+ / 0-)

    of a cabinet Secretary and the fourth in line for Presidential succession just because a few whack jobs might object?  

    Fuck. That.

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:59:16 AM PST

  •  I like it. (0+ / 0-)

    I also thought he could just make a recess appointment of Rice.  Doing that after Rice withdrew would just blow their minds.  Instead, he chose to knuckle under to the despicable cReeps.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:04:03 AM PST

  •  Technically, he can do it and William Burns can (0+ / 0-)

    be an acting SoS for another 4 years. Burns becomes acting SoS automatically when Hillary resigns. Burns can certainly do the job. You could send Biden to all important meetings instead of SoS but it will look kinda weird and there is no real advantage gained from it.

    And the reason Kerry is getting the job is b/c he wants it. It's not that hard to find a good candidate who is not a Senator and wouldn't trigger special election.

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