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  •  This is my favorite part: (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Denise Oliver Velez
    Marcia Fudge 11th District of Ohio:

    I know when you lose you get angry.  I know that when you lose you are disappointed …but don’t take it out on someone who didn’t have anything to do with your loss – blame yourself.

    How do you say that a person with Susan Rices’ background is not qualified? I wonder what your qualifications are for your job? Where did you finish in your class (murmurs of agreement in the background of umm hum)…I know one of them finished in the bottom of their class. Susan Rice was a Rhodes scholar.  

    How do you say a person like Susan Rice is not qualified?  You may not like her, you may not like the administration, but don’t say she’s not qualified. She is the most qualified person that I’m sure any of you know, that these Senators know…I am confused. I really am…cause none of it makes any sense. To just throw out things..Susan Rice’s comments didn’t send us to Iraq and Afghanistan..(sounds of laughter and agreement) somebody else’s did but you’re not angry with them.  

    Anytime something goes wrong they pick on women and minorities (come on now)  I have a real issue with that.  I’m probably not the most educated person in this house (you are an attorney)..but I’m close.  These people really don’t understand what we do here.  We’re here to represent the United sates, to move this country forward, not to tear it down. We are not here to make life difficult for people who work hard everyday to the do the job that this country has entrusted them to do. So for you who are ‘haters’, as the young people say, your hate is going nowhere. Just go on and hate on, but look in the mirror and hate yourself, not the people who do this work – thank you.

    Thank you for posting this, and I am so glad that so many people are speaking up to defend Susan Rice and challenging McCain for his despicable dishonest disingenuous actions and words, because it would be an egregious sin if Susan Rice's future and her service to our nation were denied to her and to us all, due to the vindictive whim of the likes of these Republican power-hungry cronies. It is, as Rep. Terri Sewell said, offensive and unpatriotic.

    SOS Clinton has been brilliant as our SOS, from what I have seen, and we need someone equally brilliant to follow in Clinton's footsteps, most especially in this critical time, and to sabotage someone who is highly qualified for superficial partisan reasons is just plain wrong and damaging to our National Security. Now, I know very little about Susan Rice, but when I hear of her today from this video, and the more I hear about her, the more profoundly appalled I am at McCain's remarks:

    Terri Sewell, Alabama

    I stand with my colleagues ..these recent attacks are nothing short of offensive Leading the charge are Senators who profess to want to block any potential nomination of this overly qualified public servant and I for one, like all of us cannot sit back and not say this is wrong. It’s not only wrong, its actually unpatriotic  To be clear the attack on in Benghazi should be investigated …finding and bringing the real culprits to justice.

    To suggest that Ambassador Rice would knowingly and purposely mislead the American people is simply not true. This tragic incident should not be fodder for political and personal gain. I am outraged that these Republicans would even suggest that this admin and this chief diplomat would be complicitous in this tragedy.  It’s offensive and unpatriotic.

    ….Senator McCain's egregious comments that Ambassador Rice is unqualified and not very bright are not only vitriolic but woefully untrue.

    •  She is unquestionably brilliant (1+ / 0-)
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      and she has areas of international expertise, especially with terrorism

      She has special expertise in the problems posed by weak and failed states, global poverty and transnational security threats.

      Ms. Rice also has had experience with Al Qaeda — she was the top diplomat for African issues during the 1998 terrorist bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

      If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:34:27 PM PST

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      •  It is especially offensive when they seek to (0+ / 0-)

        sabotage and undermine a powerful woman, at a time when this world needs more powerful wise women to balance the patriarchy that has wrought so much damage. She sounds like a brilliant choice for SOS. I do hope Obama chooses her and if the Republicans attempt to block her, let us raise a storm of epic proportions.

      •  I read that NYT article, thank you. (0+ / 0-)

        The more I learn of her, the more perfectly suited for the job she seems. The Republicans have really pissed me off with this one. It is time we put them in their place. They have crossed the line in attacking her.

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