Susan Rice begins her letter to that president saying: “I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I’m fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role,” she wrote. “However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”
I have mixed feelings about this. I read her resume, and unlike many of the men and women of the Republican party who opposed her, she was a very qualified candidate.
But I am certain that John Kerry will be the President’s nominee at this point. He would have been an excellent President, much better than the man he ran against, and he is more than qualified to serve in the President’s cabinet.
I am sorry that she was another outstanding person who had to be slandered by the right. But it’s what they do best. Just ask John Kerry.