I hold no particular brief for Susan Rice. I think John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s pillorying of her over the Benghazi was so obnoxious and over-the-top that I’m sure Obama was tempted to nominate her for secretary of state just to spite them.
But a Dana Milbank column I recently ran stuck with me. He didn’t care about the Benghazi kerfuffle either, but he described Rice as a most undiplomatic diplomat, who flipped off Richard Holbrooke in a State Dept. meeting, undermined Hillary Clinton and basically doesn’t play well with others:
Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies – on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. Particularly in comparison to the other person often mentioned for the job, Sen. John Kerry, she can be a most undiplomatic diplomat, and there likely aren’t enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her.