NBC’s Andrea Mitchell commenting on the withdrawal of Susan Rice’s name in consideration for Secretary of State:
“This is not going to help Republicans at all–the fact that a woman, and a woman of color, has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated…
This was personal. This is where it gets back to the 2008 campaign and things that Susan Rice said as a combatant in that campaign on behalf of Barack Obama–about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and about his trip in 2007 to Iraq, and that did not go over well.
So they viewed her as a political person and not a diplomat despite the fact that she’s the UN Ambassador, was a powerful State Department figure, was in the NSC, had been in the previous Democratic administration, and is a Stanford-educated Rhodes scholar with graduate degrees from Oxford.”