Fried Rice and John Kerry
After taking two to the chest and one to the head for the Obama 2012 election effort during the damage control phase of the post-Benghazi security debacle, the Susan Rice “brand” was irreparably damaged; fried, so to speak.
As such, it makes some sense that Senator John Kerry—according to Kerry—was the Administration’s number one Hillary-replacement all along. Still, the Kerry story is contrary to the implied story-line of Susan Rice having the full faith and backing of the Administration, even post-Benghazi:
At the time, Rice pulling out of the running for the top State Department job suggested that the position had simply fallen to Kerry, who had been in a neck-and-neck competition for the job. Now it seems that the White House allowed Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, to publicly save face by publicly withdrawing from a job that was never going to be offered to her in the first place.
Yes, the Administration’s posturing plot thickens.
Just what could the President to do to reward a loyal and high-profile, if inept, foot soldier? Well… how about this?
Pretend that she was in the running for Secretary of State. Manufacture faux outrage regarding her qualifications and bona fides. Villanize any who would choose to question her qualifications and credentials. Have the court stenographers take the proverbial Rice ball and run with it.
War on women and all that when—if what Kerry is saying is true (and consider earlier Kerry testimony)—Obama knew Rice was toast all along.
And shifting back to Kerry, a man who seems to need affirmation at any cost: how does he assess his performance in the Senate? Tragi-comically, it would seem.
“I accomplished a lot,” he said. “A lot more than people know.”
Yes, John, we all do.
I’ll send you an e-hug as soon as I get around to it.