Nov 26, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
She’s out to make some magic, apologetically plead in innocence in the mystery of why she told that bogus story, charm and bullshit the pants off of ‘em. Look folks, she cut a deal: she risks her reputation by lying for Obama – he was very candid upfront with her, I assure you, no way he was gonna get away with giving her an ‘oops’ after she had ruined her reputation – in exchange for him ramming her through, one way or another, as Secretary of State. I’m sure they discussed the race card, the gender card, the optics of the mean old white men against both, the blaming the intel agencies, all of it, upfront. This is why he so passionately and almost bizarrely defended her in that press conference, why he is SO unwavering in his support for her; he has no choice, he has a CONTRACT with her, they struck a hardcore deal, she risked it all, and now he has to deliver. This is a 1000% scam that is a crucial element of the coverup. Let’s see if she pulls off her little part here today, let’s see if the mean old white men fall for it, or just end up too scared to fight the gender and race cards, or succumb to a little bit of both. Their statements after will be very telling.
Excerpted from The Hill: Susan Rice is meeting with senators on Capitol Hill this week in an effort to address lawmakers’ concerns about her role in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The ambassador to the United Nations is sitting down with at least a half dozen senators from both parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources. She will be accompanied by acting-CIA director Michael Morell.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) told The Hill that she, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are having a joint meeting with Rice at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. And Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to meet with Rice on Wednesday.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is in line to take the top Republican spot on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year, said Rice’s office reached out to him within the last week or two. He’s expected to meet with her Wednesday.
“Typically we like to meet with folks after they’re nominated,” he told The Hill. “Usually you don’t sit down with people who may be nominated.”
Rice’s visit has heightened speculation that President Obama will nominate her as secretary of State and thereby risk a tough fight with Republicans at the start of his second term.
Several prominent Republican senators vowed to oppose her if she gets the nod, but the president all but challenged her critics to oppose her during his press conference earlier this month. Rice is a close Obama ally who served as his senior foreign policy adviser in the 2008 campaign and is widely believed to have the inside track for the State Department job. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) is considered another favorite.
“Should I choose, if I think that she would be the best person to serve America in the capacity of the State Department, then I will nominate her,” Obama said. “That’s not a determination that I’ve made yet.”
Republicans’ ire against Rice has focused on her statements on national television five days after the Sept. 11 attack, in which she linked it to a peaceful protest that spun out of control. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack, which the administration has since called an act of terrorism.
Ayotte said that “one of the top questions is we want to know what she relied upon on going on each Sunday show.”
She noted that “I have said specifically that I would hold her nomination until we get sufficient answers and after getting the information then I would make a judgment.”
Republicans initially latched onto the attack as a potent symbol of what they described as Obama’s foreign policy shortcomings. Since the election, however, the issue has largely faded from view, as Congress refocuses its attention on the looming fiscal cliff.
Obama’s invitation to “blame me” for the Benghazi shortcomings — coupled with recent revelations that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence cut out references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from Rice’s talking points — has taken some of the heat off her.
McCain, who sparked Obama’s defiance when he called Rice “incompetent” and vowed to block her nomination earlier this month, appeared to acknowledge as much over the weekend when he promised her a fair hearing.
“I’d give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took,” McCain told Fox News Sunday when asked if he’d be open to reversing his position. “I’d be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her.”
The apparent shift didn’t escape the White House’s attention.
“I certainly saw those comments and appreciate them,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at Monday’s briefing. Carney said he had no new information to share about nominations, however.
McCain’s apparent reversal could signal an acknowledgement that picking a fight over a well-respected African-American woman at a time when Republicans are polling dismally with minorities could backfire. Party-line opposition to Rice will inevitably draw criticisms of racial bias, just like Democrats’ vote against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas did 20 years ago, and some Democrats have already begun laying the groundwork for those attacks.
“You know, these are code words,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN last week when asked directly if he thought Republican criticism of Rice as “incompetent” was racist or sexist. “These kinds of terms that those of us — especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South — we’ve been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them.”
And Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), another member of the foreign relations panel, on Monday backpedaled from his statement earlier this month that Rice would not be a “fitting replacement” for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He told reporters that it now looks Rice was “thrown under the bus” if she wasn’t given the full intelligence on Benghazi when she made her TV appearances.
“I’d feel a lot differently about it if that’s the case,” he told reporters. “But I don’t know that.”
Inhofe said he’d be “glad” to meet with her if she reaches out but she hasn’t so far.
Republican lawmakers, with the help of conservative media, have successfully tarnished Rice in the eyes of many Americans, however, making it difficult for them to shift their stance and vote for her nomination.
“Reporters who repeat the line that ‘McCain softens on Susan Rice’ are over-interpreting 1 line & under estimating millions of conservatives,” former Mitt Romney spokesman Richard Grenell warned on Twitter Monday.