It seems it is a day for nomination news.
EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice tells NBC News that she is officially withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State. Story to follow
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2012
“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,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.
“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.
…In her letter to Obama, Rice took aim at her GOP critics.
“The position of secretary of state should never be politicized,” she wrote, adding, “I’m saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.”
Her withdrawal leaves Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as a possible candidate for the job, and Republicans have said he would have a smoother run.
“I think John Kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues,” Collins said last month.
This is most likely to be seen a significant scalp-taking by Republicans, but there were some good reasons for the left to be unhappy about Rice’s nomination too.