Susan Rice reportedly out of the running for Secretary of State; Obama blames ‘unfair and misleading attacks’

http://twitter.com/#!/NickKristof/status/279326917918867456

Was a YouTube video to blame?

susan rice pulls her name from consideration for SecState in obama’s 2nd term. waiting for explanation it was youtube video’s fault. #hewitt

— Duane Patterson (@Radioblogger) December 13, 2012

Well I hope you’re real proud of yourselves, YouTube Video Makers.

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) December 13, 2012

No. She says confirmation fight would have been too difficult:

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly.” — Susan Rice….

— The Fix (@TheFix) December 13, 2012

Apparently, her meetings with GOP Senators went really poorly:

Susan rice meetings w/ senator-especially moderate repub susan collins – even worse than we reported real time. Pretty contentious, I’m told

— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) December 13, 2012

President Obama accepts Rice’s decision:

Pres Obama says he accepts Susan Rice’s decision “to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State.”

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 13, 2012

Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice dlvr.it/2dXFdb

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) December 13, 2012

Of course, the blame lies entirely with Republicans … not with the woman who falsely blamed four Benghazi murders on a YouTube video:

Obama says that he “regret the unfair and misleading attacks” on Susan Rice.

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 13, 2012

I am so appalled at Senator McCain, Graham and all others who led the war against @ambassadorrice. She deserved a fair hearing. Agree?

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) December 13, 2012

What she deserved was scrutiny. Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte were doing their jobs.

I am saddened that @ambassadorrice removed her name from contention from Secretary of State. Her treatment by @senjohnmccain was atrocious

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) December 13, 2012

Not to mention sexist and racist, according to lefties.

Rice will continue on in her current post as Ambassador to the United Nations:

President Obama says Susan Rice to continue as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) December 13, 2012

Most tweeters believe the Secretary of State position will go to Sen. John Kerry:

Amb. Rice’s withdrawal from Sec. State nomination paves the way for GOP-approved John Kerry: nyti.ms/VELGXX

— Andrew Katz (@katz) December 13, 2012

Picture it: the senior senator from Massachusetts in the Oval Office saying, “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty!”

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 13, 2012

Out: millionaire serial liar. In: billionaire self-admitted war criminal. #SecretaryofStateNomination

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 13, 2012

A Kerry appointment won’t make conservatives happy, but perhaps there is a silver lining:

nyt, nbc report Susan Rice withdraws as Sec. of state nominee.Hello John Kerry? Dust off placards Scott Brown?

— Robin Young (@hereandnowrobin) December 13, 2012

Susan Rice thing is great news for Scott Brown, if you assume Kerry goes to state now

— Simon vz-Wood (@svzwood) December 13, 2012

Somewhere, Scott Brown is smiling. #masen #rice #kerry #stoprush #p2 #topprog #forward

— Greta (@Viasmom) December 13, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/13/susan-rice-reportedly-out-of-the-running-for-secretary-of-state/

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