After facing constant questions over her handling of the post-Benghazi narrative, UN Ambassador Susan Rice took her name out of contention yesterday to succeed Hillary Clinton as the next Secretary of State:
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Thursday withdrew her name from consideration to be appointed secretary of state by President Barack Obama.
“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 the president. “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.”
Rice’s chances were damaged after her Sept. 16 appearances on Sunday morning TV shows defending the administration’s handling of the attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
“The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized,” Rice wrote to Obama. “As someone who grew up in the 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.”
While she’s blaming he atmosphere in Washington, Rice really has no one to criticize but herself. Rice met with some Republican Senators last month, but she did little to help her cause, leaving them with more questions than answers on the Obama Administration’s post-Benghazi narrative.
It’s likely that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is next in line for the appointment, which would sail through the Senate with little, if any, opposition. That would open the door for Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who lost re-election last month to Elizabeth Warren, to run for the open seat.