Susan Rice formally refuses Secretary of State nomination she was never offered
An exciting burst of what technically amounts to non-news, mixed with a heavy dose of sour grapes, is delivered by NBC News:
Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
“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, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.
“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,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.
Losing someone who races before the cameras to repeat dishonest propaganda from a nervous President isn’t much of a “trade-off.” Or are we still going with the silly excuse that Rice was the only person on Earth who actually believed there was a “spontaneous video protest” in Benghazi, because some still-mysterious agent of the CIA tricked her with bizarrely edited talking points? This despite her allegedly towering intellect and dazzling resume?
President Obama moved quickly to squeeze the last few political drops out of the scuttled non-nomination: “While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”
So instead, we’re probably going to end up with Secretary of State John Kerry. Not the most exciting consolation prize, but it is, at least, a small victory for the dead of Benghazi. Unless Obama manages to put the whole thing to bed now, by claiming that no one could want anything more than the professional scalp of Susan Rice.