New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-Granite This) has staked out a position to the right of Rush Limbaugh in her opposition to the potential nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice – or any other Obama nominee – as the new Secretary of State.
From Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal:
Senator Vows to Block Any Clinton Successor
After Meeting With Potential Secretary of State Nominee, Republicans Demand More Answers on Fatal Attack in Libya
WASHINGTON—Ambassador Susan Rice’s attempt to repair her standing with Senate Republicans fell short Tuesday, as a trio of GOP senators emerged from a meeting with her even more harshly critical of the comments she made following the U.S. consulate attack in Libya.
One of the senators, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, said she would try to block the confirmation of Ms. Rice or another nominee to succeed departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “My view is we should hold on this until we get sufficient information,” she said.
What “sufficient” means is anyone’s guess.
Kelly Ayotte, rising star of the Republican party, the one that lost the Senate and presidency because they didn’t get their message out effectively. This is who they choose to be the face of their new, thoughtful group. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Ok, John, tell us what Biden’s “Recovery Summer” meant…
I suspect that Ayote’s definition of “sufficient” is a lot more recognizable than “Recovery Summer” was.
You might want to wait and see how it plays out.
My guess is that Obama will pass on Rice and give Kerry the job…
…Then, Warren would be the senior Senator from Massachusetts and the state will have next to no say in what goes on, as if any senator except two or three do anyway.
Fighting for the nomination of Rice could well derail Obama’s second term much the way Obamacare derailed his first, and he still needs a lot of bi-partisan support to save his legacy.