BREAKING NEWS: Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration for US Secretary of State, cites partisan rancor as a reason for her decision.

BREAKING NEWS:  Ambassador Susan Rice withdraws her name from consideration for US Secretary of State. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have prevailed in a round about way. In a letter to President Obama, she expressed sadness that the process had become tainted by partisan politics.

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.

President Obama issued a statement saying he accepts Susan Rice’s decision to remove her name from consideration for the position.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

JANET SHAN
Leave a replyComments (19)
  1. slamfu December 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    They already decided this awhile ago. Remember last week when McCain referred to Kerry as SecState? That wasn’t just a senior moment on McCain’s part.

  2. The_Ohioan December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    McCarthyism is alive and well in the United States Senate. Will they never learn?

  3. The_Ohioan December 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    On the other hand, Ms. Rice may have chance at the President or VP slot on the 2016 ticket.

  4. JANET SHAN December 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The Ohioan — I think donkeys will fly before Susan Rice becomes the vice presidential pick for the Democrats in 2016. Not gonna happen!

  5. ShannonLeee December 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Lol, it looks like progressives and McCain have found common ground.

  6. dduck December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Ohio, LOL.

  7. The_Ohioan December 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    You laugh now, but stranger things have happened – remember the GOP ticket 2008. :-)

  8. sheknows December 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    OHIO…LOL.

  9. SteveK December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Kerry is needed in the Senate.

    Colin Powell or Charlie Crist anyone?

  10. dduck December 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Ohio, LOL, or the 2008 Dem lineup with Edwards and Sharpton.

  11. The_Ohioan December 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    dd

    Yeah, but neither made to the nomination, thank goodness. Edwards was a close call!!! Made Free Willy look like a choir boy. Sort of.

    After Palin, and she got 48 million votes remember, anything is possible even a Clinton/Rice ticket.

  12. Momzworld December 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Oh please! Not Charlie Crist!

  13. zephyr December 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    A couple bitter old white, male partisans got their way. So much for them to be proud about.

  14. dduck December 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Z, if it were only those two, then Obama would not have told her to drop out. Any doubt about that?

  15. cjjack December 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I don’t really have an opinion one way or another about whether Rice would have made a good Secretary of State, because she hadn’t even been nominated yet.

    And that’s the thing that really bothers me.

    The administration indicated that Rice might be the nominee, and was at least on the short list, but a couple of Senators indicated that IF that was the case, they were ready to do anything in their power to stop the confirmation of the nominee.

    What’s in their power? The filibuster.

    As it stands now, all a Senator needs to do in order to block a piece of legislation or a nominee is to state that they’re going to filibuster the thing in question when it comes to the floor of the Senate.

    But this is another layer of absurdity. Before a nominee is even chosen…long before it reaches the Senate floor, a couple of determined Senators can stop it by merely expressing a desire to eventually filibuster.

    Essentially, they’re saying that the only nominees that can be debated on the Senate floor are those which everyone agrees upon already.

  16. KP December 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

    dduck’s got it right. There were enough signs on the left a Rice nomination wasn’t going to fly. Clinton made it pretty clear she wants Kerry. The hardest hitting review of Rice’s character came from the left in the form of Dana Millbank (WaPo) and Maureen Dowd (NYT). As well, the over reaching claims of racism or the war on women from the old boys club on the right was misplaced. Rice would have been the 5th non white male Sec State. Remember Larry Eagleburger?! That was 20 years ago.

  17. zephyr December 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Sure dd, there were more than two. So what? Rice was mostly the victim of a partisan witch hunt. There is nothing to feel good about in that. She did the right thing by bowing out, but she was put into that position by people who should be ashamed of themselves.

  18. KP December 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Rice was put in an untenable position and has been used for cover. For that, I feel badly for her. She has also been used by the right to put the screws to Obama and Clinton. Again, very unfortunate and political hardball at it’s worst/best.

    I wonder if her name withdrawl is tied in anyway to Clinton’s scheduled testimony next week. It’s going to go something like this if it goes at all: “I can’t discuss that due to the fact that it is part of an ongoing police investigation.”

  19. dduck December 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Rice was put in the pressure cooker for too long. A schmoo for the politicians to setup for cover and ultimately sacrificed on the altar of the “it’s for the best”.