Susan Rice Confirmation and Other Cabinet Openings

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ed O'Keefe, 2Chambers columnist for the Washington Post, will discuss the ongoing debate over Susan Rice's confirmation, and other open cabinet positions for Obama's second term.

Who'd be in your "fantasy cabinet." Nominate someone who you'd like to see Obama appoint for State, Defense, Education, or any other second-term post! Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.


Ed O'Keefe

Comments [23]

Louis Sena from Jersey Shore

Ed O'Keeffe stated it was a fact that the ambassador requested more security. I never heard anyone say that. Is a fact??

Nov. 30 2012 07:42 AM

Re: "Team of Rivals" Romney suggestion

Lincoln did bring in rivals, but they were rivals for the Republican nomination, not the general election. They had their disagreements, but they were all unified on the main issue for the Republican party of the day - stop the spread of slavery. Moreover, with his increased confidence and standing, Lincoln's second cabinet was a tamer sort, although we didn't get to see much of his second administration.

Both of Lincoln's northern general opponents were left out his administrations, Douglas dying of illness shortly into Lincoln's first term, McClelland stayed out of politics for over a decade; only 13 years later did he run for office (and win) for governor of NJ.

Lincoln brought his rivals into his administration to give him clout and legitimacy with the other various factions of the relatively new Republican Party, which was a coalition of various other dying parties united in their opposition to the spread of slavery. As the current Republican party has all but erased Romney's name from the party already, I doubt his being in the Obama administration would legitimize Obama in any way in the eyes of Republicans.

While there might be reasons to bring Romney into a cabinet position (though I would disagree), citing Lincoln's administration is poor justification for such an action.

Nov. 29 2012 10:55 AM

Dorothy hit the nail on the head. No Rice means the likelihood of Kerry instead, with the chance of turning the GNP deficit in the senate from 10 seats to 8. They're just thinking ahead to the midterms!

(Btw no typo, that's GNP as in Grover Norquist Party - until they can show some backbone and talk rationally about balancing a budget rather than just repeating over and over 12 year old Grover's first and final wet dream).

Nov. 29 2012 10:51 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Cannibas cures cancer? Tell that to Bob Marley.

Nov. 29 2012 10:51 AM
Jf from Ny

This is holding up the farce that republicans and democrats are on different sides, so we have the illusion of checks and balances. They dont believe anything they are saying. Obama is a right wing republican. Would he even create the epa like nixon? Obama made it illegal to grow food and share it. Cannnabis cures cancer. Fema concentration camps are real and ready for you all.

Nov. 29 2012 10:44 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Saddam Hussein never had WMD's?

Tell that to the Kurds of Halabja Iraq.

Halabja poison gas attack

Nov. 29 2012 10:35 AM

Why would anyone doubt that the pampered, finishing school, grandson of a bank executive will pick, for secretary of the treasury, someone similar to Timothy ("I-can't-pay-my-taxes") Geitner?

Nov. 29 2012 10:35 AM
dboy from nyc

What??? No more Geithner, Goldman and Sachs in the Whitehouse??

F•kn Kriminals®!!

Nov. 29 2012 10:29 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Joshua from Chappequa: NO WAY should Obama offer Romney a cabinet position. Susan Rice has impeccable credentials; Romney is anencephalic, like George W. Let's try to offer positions to people whose qualifications are unassailable, who are intelligent, who are honest, and who will do their job because they want to serve this country. Romney is none of the above. 'Nuff said.

Nov. 29 2012 10:28 AM
April from Manhattan

Paul Krugman for Secretary of Treasury!!!

Nov. 29 2012 10:28 AM

bet ya a dollar another Goldman Sachs guy in Treasury

Nov. 29 2012 10:27 AM
Truth from Maplewood

Where was all this outrage and investigations from McCain and the rest of them when Bush, Cheney and Powell came before the nation with "proof" of WMDs that led to a war and the death of thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. The same intelligence they receive the same Susan Rice received.

Nov. 29 2012 10:25 AM
elizabeth from Greenwood Hts, Brooklyn

From the NYTimes:
David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups.

ie: The CIA was trying not to tip off the perpetrators! Why is this still under discussion?

Nov. 29 2012 10:24 AM

Racism and sexism...jeezus are we really going there

Nov. 29 2012 10:23 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

She didn't write her statement. It's naive for everybody to assume she did. The Repubs want John Kerry to be SOS so that Scott Brown can get Kerry's Senate seat. Period.

Nov. 29 2012 10:23 AM
mwong from nyc

your guest is a journalist? just hearing the radio, before reading the website, his tone lead me to believe he's a rep for the GOP.

Nov. 29 2012 10:22 AM

What about the Republican hypocrisy? These are the same senators that lined up behind Colin Powell when he took deliberate misrepresentations to the UN and the wworld to justify the Iraq war. How can the speak now so critically with a straight face?

Nov. 29 2012 10:22 AM

Susan Rice was given talking points...confirmed or unconfirmed. She is a mouthpiece for someone else, not a leader. John Kerry is a political hack insider.

Nov. 29 2012 10:21 AM
Mike from Inwood

There was some confusion in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the Benghazi consulate regarding exactly what had happened and how organized the attack had been. Grasping for straws to save the Presidential campaign of Romney, Republicans attempted to paint this as a failure of Obama's foreign policy. No one bought this accusation except the people who had already decided to vote against Obama. Therefore, Obama had no reason to deny that organized terrorists were behind the attacks if that had been known to be the case. But it wasn't known at that time. The GOP is now overplaying their hand to create a diversion from the budget talks.

Nov. 29 2012 10:19 AM
dan k from Park Slope

I don't seem to remember McCain or Graham going after Powell, Cheney, or Rumsfeld, when they presented not only bad intelligence, but misleading intelligence, that launched a war. And then that same intelligence promised that we'd be met with roses on the streets of Baghdad..

Nov. 29 2012 10:19 AM
jenly from manhattan

You are insulting my intelligence. Is this the Susan Rice defense show? I know she has had critics for a long time and there are criticisms based on circumstances other than the fact she was appointed by the Obama administration. It would be nice if the show explored the those.

Nov. 29 2012 10:16 AM
antonio from whitehouse in the west wing universe

HHS Secretary: Howard Dean
Secretary of peace: Dennis Kucinich
Interior Secretary: Bernie Sanders (only if we can get another democratic socialist)
Labour Secretary: Robert Reich
US secretary of treasury: Paul Krugman

See a pattern forming?

Nov. 29 2012 10:15 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Secretary of State - John Bolton
Secretary of Defense - Senator John Kyle
National Security Advisor - Elliot Abrams
Secretary Of the Treasury - Glenn Hubbard
Federal Reserve - John Taylor
Attorney General - Miguel Estrada (and arrest Holder on the spot)
UN Ambassador - Cong. Allen West

Dimiss (and escort from the building) Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Napolitano, Koh, Sunstein and Jackson at EPA.

.....and impeach Obama.

Nov. 29 2012 09:45 AM

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