Sure, there's strong precedent for confirming presidential cabinet appointments and valuing competence and credentials. But McCain and Graham in their infinite wisdom are pointing to a way more entertaining path.
Susan Rice will continue to be a handy and cynical whipping person for the GOP to hector Obama. But the political reality is that the legislative business that Congress and the White House must do never has been shut down by any political squabble over a presidential appointee.
Others scratch their heads trying to come up with qualified names without falling back on the age-old habit of identifying a grey/white-haired lawyer, professor, banker man. The list does not go on and on and is pretty sparse at the moment. So why not try the purloined letter approach?
So, President Obama, you need a new Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton, but you don't like any of the choices sitting on your desk? How's an idea that maybe you haven't thought of: How about Dick Lugar?
There are legitimate questions and concerns that should be raised about the deaths of the four Americans at Benghazi. But to use that terrible event to discredit the legion of ground-breaking, successful foreign policy accomplishments of the Obama Administration is beyond unconscionable.
The senator has dedicated his life to public service, which is to be commended. He is therefore committing an unforced error on his legacy, and it would be a shame for him to tip the scales further toward pathetic rather than powerful.
Condi Rice stood out in a sea of White faces in the GOP, but she also gave flesh to Bush's successful drive to woo more minority voters. Obama is anxious to find new ways to legitimize himself to African Americans who wonder whether their steadfast support will be reciprocated.