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It is a cluster of double standards; much will be said, but those of us who are passionate about the equality of women will watch this whole story closely. In the end, the GOP should pay dearly for this, politically.

According to NBC news:

Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.

“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.

The Republicans win here, but please, let this be a temporary win. Please, let us remember this as we approach 2014.  

Women need to work together to eliminate the GOP men who are controlling the national conversation. We need to weed out those who made Rice the political fall girl. Condi Rice was able to get away with statements about weapons of national destruction and lies, lies and more lies were told about terrorism during the Bush administration.

Today a woman who would have served us well, intelligent, well-educated and with a sparkling resume - the woman who simply reported what she was told - now falls on her sword.  Whether she was told to withdraw, or did it of her own volition, it is another loss for women and win for the GOP.

Something for us to remember in 2014.

1:26 PM PT: Copy of Rice's letter from HP

Susan Rice Withdraws

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:59:12 PM PST

  •  My guess is that this was coordinated (1+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina

    She was not going to be selected, so she strategically withdrew her name as cover. She would have made an excellent Sec of State, bad investments not withstanding. She should be applauded for her top notch service to our country.

    Unfortunate win for the thugs.

    "Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others" Robert F. Kennedy

    by realwischeese on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:06:55 PM PST

  •  I'm pissed (4+ / 0-)

    It would be one thing if she really didn't want the job, but this says that she didn't want to be a "distraction".  Score one for the misogynists jerks in the Senate.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:06:59 PM PST

    •  thanks for that (0+ / 0-)

      and that is what we have to remember as we move towards 2014.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:09:42 PM PST

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  •  Not sure that she "fell on her sword". (3+ / 0-)

    Your title makes it sound as if the Obama Admin has done something wrong that needed to be washed.

    Susan Rice falls on her sword

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:09:09 PM PST

    •  defeat. (1+ / 0-)
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      realwischeese

      fall on one's sword
      1. Lit. to fall down and be penetrated by one's own sword, accidentally or on purpose. He tripped and fell on his sword.
      2. Fig. to accept defeat; to go to extremes to indicate one's defeat. (From the ancient practice of a military commander committing suicide this way rather than being captured.)

      ---
      to accept blame or responsibility and defeat.

      consider .... where she might not be directly accepting responsibility, her withdrawal essentially is a resignation, and she removes herself, not for committing a wrong-doing, but for being blamed for wrongdoing....

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:16:22 PM PST

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      •  OK. Using wiktionary I get the following (0+ / 0-)

        1.Used other than as an idiom: To commit suicide by allowing one’s body to drop onto the point of one’s sword.

        2.(idiomatic, by extension) To resign from a job or other position of responsibility, especially when pressured to do so.

        3.(idiomatic) To voluntarily take the blame for a situation.  

        Obviously not #1.

        #2 might fit, but the pressure wasn't from the boss (Obama).

        Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

        by ROGNM on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:26:25 PM PST

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        •  thanks (2+ / 0-)
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          ROGNM, realwischeese

          I see it as her making a sacrifice - giving a win to the GOP for the greater good- to deflect blame etc...
          and personally, it is a huge sacrifice for women over-all.

          Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

          by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:44:45 PM PST

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  •  What a travesty. (3+ / 0-)

    Even though he's qualified, I hope the President doesn't nominate Kerry to complete the win for the rethugs (they seem to be petitioning for Kerry for the position so they can run Scott Brown to replace him).  There has to be another woman who is equally qualified as Kerry and Rice who can do the job.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:10:34 PM PST

  •  She didn't fall on her sword she was (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, ROGNM

    thrown under the bus.  

    Romney is George W. Bush without brains.

    by thestructureguy on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:10:59 PM PST

    •  but she signed the letter..... (1+ / 0-)
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      nzanne

      for whatever reason. I hope another women is found to take this job. AS a MA resident, I need a break from Scott friggin Brown.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:18:30 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I worry that Kerry is the go to guy now. (0+ / 0-)

        I know he'd like the post, but weakening the Senate would be dreadful.

        "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

        by nzanne on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:19:59 PM PST

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  •  I understand the sentiment (5+ / 0-)

    of the diary, but I think the title is misleading. I don't think she fell on her sword. I think she displayed honor, integrity, and put the good of the country and what was good for the President above herself. Something that we'll never see from any Republican in the near or likely distant future.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:13:16 PM PST

  •  I think SoS Clinton should have some say (0+ / 0-)

    as to who is nominated.  I'm sure she has some excellent ideas - especially if Ambassador Rice was one of them.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:19:27 PM PST

  •  Doesn't seem like much of a 'win' to me. (4+ / 0-)

    She was never nominated, and, if anything, their concerted stupid attacks on her gave the President even more reason to do so, not less.

    So Republicans have now wasted months of media time screaming crankily about her (as if the country didn't need to be reminded that the GOP was the party of cranky old white guys bullying young black women).

    The only way it turns into a 'win' for them in any sense is if Kerry is tapped to fill the position and Scott Brown does manage to weasel his way back into a Senate seat.  What would be truly delicious is if he runs and loses such an attempt based on his numbers dropping off as a result of his displayed bigotry and bullying of Warren in the race he just lost.

    •  oye (0+ / 0-)

      It is going to mean a lot of work mounting and working on another campaign - regardless of runs in Kerry's seat - keeping brown out of office.
      Senator Centerfold ... we are tired, but we are ready.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:01:03 PM PST

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  •  Not necessarily a win for the Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    51percent

    Could make president Obama more resistant to Republicans. I am sure by now he knows the kind of sh%t he's dealing with now and choose to flush it every chance he gets.

  •  Not a good time to piss off the president. Did you (1+ / 0-)
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    51percent

    miss his obvious anger at the press conference where he defended Rice by telling them, " if you want to come after anyone, come after me". Obama is pissed off and this may have negative effects on any potential compromises now (cliff) and in the next 4 years. Don't underestimate the importance of this.

  •  Sorry but I don't see this as a sex issue (0+ / 0-)

    If Rice had been a man I think it would have played out the same way. The republicans put all of their eggs in the "Benghazi basket" at this election and when it blew up in their faces they were going to blame someone. Rice was most convenient.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:18:49 PM PST

    •  politics is still a man's sport, as is press (0+ / 0-)

      coverage.... she is an easier target.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:27:47 PM PST

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