Is GOP Trying to Block Rice Nomination to Gain Senate Seat?

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No one, not Senate Republicans nor Democrats can question the diplomatic credentials of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. In the words of President Obama she is singularly qualified to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. So why is a simple briefing to the press over the September 11th Benghazi attack on the U.S. Embassy holding up the nomination of Ambassador Rice as the next Secretary of State?

The attack, as tragic as it was, resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and 3 other security and embassy personnel. Truly, this was a serious matter and the American people deserved an explanation as soon as the facts were known. Ambassador Rice, at the request of the Obama Administration, briefed the press on what was known about the attacks. The briefing occurred only after the CIA assessed whom or what organization(s) were behind the attacks had briefed her.

Subsequently, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have called Ambassador Rice a “partisan political player” and vowed that her “misinformation,” though given to her by the CIA, should disqualify her as the next Secretary of State. Really? John McCain’s opposition is almost laughable if it wasn’t for the fact that these Senators could place a “hold” on the Rice nomination. Without 60 votes to override the hold, the nomination would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate. Senator Ayotte, surprisingly, has eagerly taken up the protest banner against Ambassador Rice – and seems even more critical than McCain and Lindsey in the harshness of her words.

What is really driving the opposition to Ambassador Rice’s nomination?Could The opposition be due to internal Republican Senate Caucus politics? All three opposition Senators have publicly indicated that Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) nomination would “sail through the Senate.”  Now why would three Republican Senators be pushing for a Democrat to become the next Secretary of State?

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) was soundly defeated in his re-election effort in Massachusetts by Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). A Kerry nomination would call for a special election in Massachusetts where Scott Brown could be a potential candidate. Scott Brown would be the perfect Republican candidate with one Senate term already under his belt. Should Brown win that is one more seat the Republicans would control. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to speculate that Ambassador Rice may very well be a victim of some Senate Republicans’ political agenda.


  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    This post glosses over the established fact that Ms. Rice knowingly lied to the American people and the UN about Bengazhi. She had prior information from the intelligence community about the root cause of the attacks, yet chose to lie. The motivation for her lying may be in question, but not the fact that she lied. That is reason enough to deny her nomination.
    If you cannot trust your leaders, then whom can you trust?