Now that President Obama and his staff have telegraphed Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State they’re stuck. Not picking her will look like they’re backing down to the GOP smear campaign, hastening the inevitable unraveling of a second term. This is how Washington sometimes works: Pick a phony fight with the president as a test of will. Even if you lose, the president is forced to waste time winning.
“If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. … When they go after the UN ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.” — President Obama on Rice debate (11/14)