Is it common for a re-elected president supposedly riding high to so quickly see a likely key cabinet nominee withdraw from the fray? Now that Susan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration as America’s next Secretary of State, a more interesting matter is why she will continue to serve as America’s — oops, make that President Obama’s — ambassador to the United Nations.
“As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests,” President Obama’s statement said in response to Rice’s withdrawal, before adding: “I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team…” Not so fast, one would think. Wouldn’t what disqualifies her as a successor to Secretary of State Clinton also disqualify her from representing America in any other forum?
Meanwhile, we now face the prospect of a Swiftboat Secretary of State. If you didn’t read Seth Lipsky on John Kerry last week in the Wall Street Journal, it’s not too late to read him now. Will we be missing Susan Rice before this is all over?