A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers' comments were racist and sexist.
"It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities," Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation's top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two vowed to block any Senate confirmation if she is nominated.
The House women, a majority of them Africa-American, lashed out at McCain and Graham and demanded that they retract their criticism.
One fact is indisputable – namely that UN Ambassador Susan Rice misled the American public on the nature of the Benghazi attack and its causes when she appeared on various news shows the weekend after that debacle.
And based upon what we know about what the Obama Administration knew about that incident, there are only two explanations for this:
The problem is that either of these two explanations makes it clear that she is not a credible candidate for any high position in this administration. Either she is a brazen liar or the administration considers her integrity and reputation expendable. How can she be taken seriously by anyone – especially foreign leaders?