December 14th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Rice, Obama and the politics of personality

Washington (CNN) - Now that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, her supporters are criticizing those who brought her down as well as President Barack Obama, a long-time friend, who they say left her twisting in the wind.

"I'm not just disappointed that President Obama didn't go forward (with the nomination). He accepted her resignation not to put her name forward," Donna Brazile, CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist, said on the Situation Room.


Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • President Obama • Susan Rice
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  1. anonoymous

    Who's to say Rice wont be sec of state in the future? But we know for sure McCain will never be president. That's his driving force. sad sad sad little bitter man.

    December 14, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |

    I don't like the president's decision to accept her withdrawal from consideration. But, it completely de-ligitimizes John McCain and Lindsey Graham. McCain will NEVER get another important job in the Senate and neither will Graham. The GOP think they can get MA senate seat back in the red column. Not gonna happen! The "other" Kerrey (Bob) would make a great Sec of State!!!

    December 14, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    this was one of those unfortunate situations where very few winners were going to come out of. Should Obama had done more to protect Rice? Perhaps but then that would have just added more fodder to places like FoxNews and the right wing talk shows. The GOP was after some sort of victory over this president since they could not seem to get many since the 2010 elections and McCain seems to still be bitter about not only 2008 but now 2012 as well. Graham like others of his ilk are afraid of the Tea Party so they have to try to look tough and I am not sure what the senator from NH issue was other than perhaps they needed a woman to go after Rice as well to make it look....well not so much like just men doing it. In the long run though I feel you reap just what you sow and the GOP has been reaping it now for the past two years....this ugly episode against Rice only made them look uglier and their approval ratings show it. I do wish though Obama had backed up his talk and put her name in the ring and not accepted her letter.

    December 14, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Nation needs strong prayer–not Benghazi politics.

    December 15, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  5. eavesdrop

    John McCain is an irrelevant relic from a desperate past under the now fragmented GOP !!
    And all his I am a war hero vetran ladi dah pontification does not hide his blatant personal attack on a woman who was doing an excellent job and was only giving information relayed by the military...
    If anyone is to be accountable that would be ms Rice boss Hilary but the detractors lead by has been McCain know fully well they cannot take on Hilary so they targeted Obama via Ms Rice and its sick!!
    I no longer have respect for the likes of McCain he lies too !!!

    December 15, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  6. Darryl

    John McCain and Linsey Grahm ? Mccain will never get over the loss he recieved for the POTUS 1st election. Grahm is a T–Party idiot and he's always on a Wich-Hunt on Foreign Policy with the Obama administration period. They have demonizied every Head Official in the administration there is. Anyway they can tear down the POTUS and his people they are absolutely going to do. They want FAILURE at any & all levels they can reach, weather is be truely questionable or false accusations.

    December 15, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Dennis Freeman

    Sen. McCain is an old, angry and bitter man whose time has passed.

    December 15, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |