Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Attacking Rice For Brown's Sake

You might think that Republicans are attacking potential Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice without any good reason, and you'd be right, assuming that by "reason" you meant "sound justification grounded in what's best for America." See Michael Tomasky for more.

But if what you meant by reason was "means to advance their partisan interest", they have a perfectly good reason to attack her. The other big choice for the position is John Kerry, and they want his Senate seat to open up so that Scott Brown can try to win a special election again. Obama has the Senate majority he needs to confirm whoever he wants. If Rice faces a filibuster or a hold or some similar nonsense, Jeff Merkley and the Senate rules reformers should use that as motivation to eliminate that sort of nonsense in January. 

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