***BREAKING*** SUSAN RICE WITHDRAWS HER NAME FROM CONSIDERATION FOR SOS
Will this cause a sell of rice futures? I know the rice queens aren't happy. I guess this will be a down day for the starches commodities. Many are mindful of brown rice never having been all that popular, and yet it is the fastest growing segment of the rice market.
We have a format for this, noob!
SUSAN RICE'S COLLAPSE IS COMPLETE!
They have found a viable candidate to run against Brown in Massachusettes. Kerry is a shoo-in. Good news.
This allows Obama to save face as opposed to withdrawing her himself or deal with the embarrassment of her not being confirmed.
It's too bad this happened, but the GOP wanted some Benghazi blood from the White House as revenge for the election loss, so Rice was a convenient fall-person.
Kerry should not be placed into consideration unless the Dems know damn well that his vacated seat won't wind up in a Republican's hands.
"Kerry should not be placed into consideration unless the Dems know damn well that his vacated seat won't wind up in a Republican's hands."
This x 10,000. The progressive community is infuriated that they would play with such an important seat.
I suspect there was a skeleton in the closet which, combined with McCain's whining, made her confirmation too much of a battle.
I despise the bitter, evil John McCain, he's no hero, he's a loser.
It's because she is married to a Canadian.
[quote]It's too bad this happened, but the GOP wanted some Benghazi blood from the White House as revenge for the election loss, so Rice was a convenient fall-person.
PLEASE DON'T KID YOURSELF. In reality, this had NOTHING to do with Benghazi and everything to do with getting Kerry out of the Senate race.
R12, you're crazy. And Scott Brown will win the Mass election.
don't be so sure...Brown isn't "loved" by the masses.
He may be cute, and open-minded, but he's not progressive enough.
Why is John Kerry the only other option? Is the bench of talent really so shallow that only Rice & Kerry are on the list? Kerry should stay where he is so we don't lose another Senate seat. There must be a lot of people out there who can be Secretary of State.
Like who R16 ?
Like anyone, R17. There should be a couple dozen people at any given time who can be Secretary of State.
Just pick a Democrat with foreign policy experience and good speaking skills - is that so hard?
You forgot part of the format, R2.
SUSAN RICE'S COLLAPSE IS COMPLETE!
She will never be president.
R18 name NAMES
Like who (NAMES!!)
I think the Collapse is Complete format is best used when the collapse is welcome news.
According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada angled for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries.
Rice's personal wealth is $25 million.
All would say no
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern extensively documented Rice's long record of cheering for US wars, including being an outspoken and aggressive advocate of the attack on Iraq, support that persisted for many years. In a New York Times Op-Ed, Eritrean-American journalist Salem Solomon condemned Rice's fondness for tyrants in Africa, while Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford argued - with ample documentation - that her supporters "care not a whit for Africa, whose rape and depopulation has been the focus of Rice's incredibly destructive career." A New York Times news article separately suggests that Rice's close ties to the ruling regime in Rwanda - that government "was her client when she worked at Intellibridge, a strategic analysis firm in Washington" - has led Washington to tacitly endorse its support for brutal rebels in the Congo.
Meanwhile, so-called "pro-Israel" groups have vocally supported her possible nomination due to her steadfast defense of Israel at the UN, hailing her as "an ardent defender of major Israeli positions in an unfriendly forum." It was recently discovered that Rice "holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline," and that "about a third of Rice's personal net worth is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy industries north of the 49th parallel -- including companies with poor environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil."
[quote]Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern
I stopped reading once I saw the word "CIA". That's all you need to know not to take it seriously. The CIA is not to be trusted.
This whole incident is just disgraceful.
Richard Lugar, it's a done deal. Moderate Republican, defeated by the Tea Party--appointing him SoS will be cheered by the moderates and serve as a giant fuck you to the freaks. He was McCain's first choice for the job if McCain had won in 2008, and he's best buddies with Obama.
It would be a complete waste of time to nominate Kerry as they'd shoot him down faster than they did Rice.
R29, first of all, don't the Republicans want Kerry to be chosen (eg. so they can run for the Senate seat in MA?), and secondly, what could they do against Kerry anyway? They don't have the votes to block him in the Senate.
R28, you are right that Richard Lugar worked well with Obama on nuclear treaties for disarmament when they were in the Senate together, but at 80 years old I'm not sure if Lugar has the stamina to be traveling all over the world as SOS.
Not only that, but if reports are true that Chuck Hagel may become Secretary of Defense, I don't think Obama can sell the idea to Democrats of having TWO Republicans in the Cabinet in high-profile positions.
I said it before when all this shit started...name JON HUNTSMAN to the position. It was wonderful as ambassador to China, he's as liberal a Republican as you can get so it make Obama look moderate, and he's a smooth, sophisticated statesman who can handle our allies and enemies with relative ease.
R32, Jon Hunstman is untrustworthy and is a political opportunist. Last time Obama appointed him for something he turned around afterwards and ran against him for President.
Now John Kerry can become Secretary and Scott Brown can win John Kerry's seat and the Dems will lose a safe seat.
Why is it that everything in MA revolves around Scott Brown?
[quote] I despise the bitter, evil John McCain, he's no hero, he's a loser.
You couldn't convince most people here of that until he ran against Obama. I remember I kept saying he's not a moderate, he just plays one on tv. It felt like arguing the point with Homer Simpson "the music says he's a good guy."
People give Massachusetts citizens less credit than they deserve. Why the assumption that Scott Brown would just sail right into another victory? The man lost to a relative newcomer who is far more liberal than Kerry is. Brown will lose again if the Democrats are smart and find someone eligible.
r36, the reason why that was the case is because of BushCo's treatment of him during the 2000 primaries. Karl Rove orchestrated one of the nastiest campaigns in modern history against him. They completely denigrated the man and this endeared him to moderates and liberals as a result.
Maybe it is time to retire the premise that the American Foreign Minister needs to be a woman or woman of color.
I think now is exactly the right time to beat Brown's ass a second time. Now, while he still has the loser stench about him, and now, while everyone remembers the horrible campaign he just ran.
R39 is right that there has certainly been a lot of diversity in the Secretary of State post since 1992. 3 women (Albright, Rice & Clinton) and 1 African American man (Powell).