Use the recess appointment

I’m perfectly happy to call out the Obama administration when I think they deserve it, but this whole Susan Rice “controversy” is nothing but one in a long line of Republican faux outrages. What I find appalling is how this worthless, bootlicking American media helpfully blows this up and fans the flames when the Republican whack jobs roll out of their clown car:

WASHINGTON — Susan E. Rice may have hoped that paying a conciliatory call on three hostile Senate Republicans on Tuesday would smooth over a festering dispute about the deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and clear a roadblock to her nomination as secretary of state.

But the senators seemed anything but mollified, signaling instead that they would still oppose Ms. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, if she is nominated by President Obama, even after she conceded errors in the account of the assault she gave on Sunday morning television programs shortly after it occurred in September.

Two of the Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, said they would seek to block Ms. Rice, who according to administration officials remains Mr. Obama’s preferred choice to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The third Republican, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said on Fox that he would be “very hard-pressed” to support Ms. Rice.

“Bottom line, I’m more disturbed than I was before,” Mr. Graham said after the tense, closed-door meeting.

The continued criticism of Ms. Rice, 48, a diplomat with close ties to Mr. Obama, deepens an already bitter and unusually personal feud between the White House and Republicans over Libya. Responding to a question about criticism of Ms. Rice at a news conference two weeks ago, Mr. Obama said, “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.”

If Rice is who Obama wants as his Secretary of State, then he should make her a recess appointment and be done with it — you know, like Bush the elder did with Lawrence Eagleburger.

4 Responses to Use the recess appointment

  1. Adams November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Yeah, like he did with Dawn Johnsen. Profiles in courage.

    He’ll wilt like an orchid in the desert.

  2. imhotep November 28, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    The problem the Republicans have with Rice is that she’s not Hillary. Rice will follow Obama’s lead, unlike Hillary. She will do what she’s told, unlike Hillary. She’s not trying to become the next president, unlike Hillary. She has no political constituency, unlike Hillary. She will focus on her job without concerning herself with how it looks to this group or to that group, unlike Hillary. Unlike Hillary she will run the State Department in the way it was meant to be run. That’s why Obama wants her to be his Secretary of State and the Republicans do not. Look for Kerry to become the Secretary of Defense replacing Leon Trotsky, errrr Panetta. Won’t that be ironic when it happens?

  3. G3 November 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I would like to see Obama do recess appointment of some progressive person and stick it to the Repubs. Susan Rice, along with Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton, is a warmonger – “humanitarian” interventionist in liberal Newspeak.Those 3 pushed for war (yes, it is a war) on Libya. The real question reg Libya should be : whom did we and why did we arm Jihadists? Libya is royally blowing up in the face of the liberal class “humanitarian” interventionists including people like Juan Cole. Latest :

  4. Adams November 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    @G3: Agree with your assessment of S, S, & H, but the chances of O appointing a progressive to anything are remote at best. If not Susan, then probably Kerry. Which gives the voters of Mass. a chance to cancel out whatever Liz brings by electing Scotty. Which is what those clowns Lindsey & McCain are angling for.

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