… in essence that only a Punk President would make a move like appointing Susan “I’m lying about Benghazi being a spontaneous uprising over a video because that’s what my bosses want me to do” Rice to be the next National Security Adviser.
Kraushaar at National Journal:
In Scandal’s Wake, Obama’s Hardball Tactics Could Backfire
By appointing loyalists and dismissing GOP criticisms, the White House is cocooning itself — just as voters are growing critical.
By picking two loyal allies as national security adviser (Susan Rice) and ambassador to the UN (Samantha Power), Obama is taunting Republican critics who slammed Rice for her role in the Benghazi spin, derailing her prospects to become Secretary of State. While second terms often feature new faces and perspectives from the outside, the president has kept his inner circle tight. Combine that with his former top adviser trash-talking Republicans and media critics on Twitter, and the White House’s push to pressure Republicans to fill vacancies on the DC Circuit Court, you’d think the president has weathered the worst of the scandal storm.
But there are fresh signs from two new, well-respected polls, that while Obama has faced down the scrutiny for now, the White House would be wise to anticipate headwinds — and prepare accordingly.
You don’t get it, Josh. This is the Punk Presidency, whose motto is: “We do what we want. Bleeeeeeep you.” They don’t care what Republicans or Americans in general think. They’ve got the run of the place until January 20, 2017, and they’re going to milk it for all it’s worth, and take every opportunity — legal and extralegal — to impose their statist worldview on the country whether it likes it or not.
Carville at RealClearPolitics:
“My guess is that he wanted her to be Secretary of State and he felt like she kind of got railroaded there and this is kind of in your face appointment, but he obviously thinks a great deal of Ambassador Rice. Like I say, he wanted her to be Secretary of State. She’s not confirmable and it’s like a message that he’s going to stick by. He views her as a competent person and probably as a friend of his. You know, I think it’s an in your face appointment and he feels good about making it.”
It also should merit an “up yours” from House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I say it should, not that it will.
There is an alternative explanation, which is that Rice demanded the job as a precondition for keeping her mouth shut about what’s really going on inside the Obama administration cesspool.