After a disruptive campaign against her credibility to stand as America's leading diplomat, Susan Rice has officially withdrawn herself from seeking nomination for U.S. Secretary of State.
In a letter acquired by the AFP, Rice personally wrote to President Obama addressing the obstacles that would be in the way were she to be chosen to replace Hilary Clinton in her post.
“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,” Ms. Rice explained.
Rice has been under scrutiny for her mix-up in explaining the calculated terrorist attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Prominent Republicans like former Presidential candidate John McCain have made it their goal to crush her hopes based off of her contradictions of explanations about the attack in contrast to those of the White House.
“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...therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time," Rice wrote in her letter.
If Rice were to hold the position of Secretary of State, she would be responsible for approving the Keystone XL pipeline that crosses the Canada-U.S. border.
And as outlined in a previous article, Rice's extensive financial portfolio, which included an over $1 million stakes in multiple oil sands and pipeline companies, raised concerns about her ability to vote on a pipeline project that could financially benefit her.
Why not Rice?
And why are John McCain and the GOP so adamant on preventing Rice from taking the post?
Another former Presidential candidate and fellow Senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry, could be one of the keys to figuring out this reason. Kerry, a Democrat, has long been hopeful of taking the State position, and his Senate seat would be vacant as a result.
Leaving an open seat would bring Massachusetts to another Senate election -- one that the Republican Scott Brown would be quick to win (keeping in mind that he only lost by 6 points in the race against Elizabeth Warren). Increasing their power in the Senate is a clear goal of the GOP, and using John McCain, a close friend of Kerry, to bring this about, makes sense for their ambitions.
For more on Susan Rice, she will be conducting an interview with NBC's Brian Williams this week. The Obama Cabinet will be finalized by the time of his second inauguration, due for January 20, 2013.