President Obama and Susan Rice surrender: Will the GOP finally learn?

Susan Rice withdrew from consideration as Secretary of State rather than face a brutal confirmation fight. The GOP must learn from this battle going forward. Photo: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, December 14, 2012 — On September 11, 2012, four brave Americans, including two Navy SEALs and United States Ambassador Chris Stevens, were murdered by Radical Islamists in Benghazi, Libya. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was sent on all five Sunday morning talk shows to offer the now discredited fairy tale about an anti-Islamic movie being to blame.

The film-maker is still imprisoned on questionable charges as global human rights advocates stay silent. President Obama promised to “get to the bottom” of the Benghazi debacle, but the media were all but forbidden from discussing the matter until he was reelected. The truth has not come out and most likely never will.

Ambassador Rice is seen by her critics as at best incompetent, and at worst corrupt. Only by application of the “Dilbert Principle” could Obama decide to promote her to Secretary of State. He didn’t nominate her, but her name was floated and, in the wake of her talk show performance, it drew heavy fire.

In keeping with Obama’s theme of civility, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats accused Rice’s GOP critics of sexism and racism, ignoring the fact that President George W. Bush appointed two individuals to Foggy Bottom who happened to be black. One of them was a black woman also named (Condoleeza) Rice. General Colin Powell and Dr. Condoleeza Rice had what the “other” Rice seems to lack: actual abilities and qualifications.

Obama could have backed Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for the job, and he still might nominate him. A white male might anger the race- and gender-obsessed left, but Kerry is enough of a guilty white liberal to pass muster. He is also perfect for the job. Secretary of State can be an important job, but presidents who decide to become strongly involved in foreign policy find it useful to make the position weak and rely instead on a powerful National Security Advisor, a job not subject to Senate confirmation.

To the State Department the president will then appoint a useless gasbag who babbles platitudes, does nothing important, and whose prime directive is to avoid embarrassing the president. They travel, sip tea, and engage in discussions that are ignored by everyone who knows that the secretary is only an ornament. The Secretary of State is like the Vice President, except without responsibilities or relevance. This is why Mr. Kerry wants (and Dr. Condoleeza Rice wanted) the Defense job instead.

President Obama acted as if he wanted Susan Rice in the job. The reason for this is simple. While Obama is not particularly interested in governing, he has skills in the political combat arena. He likes fighting. A fictional race and gender war got him reelected, so continuing that strategy is natural to him. Rice was a flawed nominee – even liberals and environmentalists objected to her coziness with Keystone oil pipeline advocates – but that was irrelevant.

Obama knew that advancing Rice meant more questions about Benghazi. The media would have a harder time ignoring confirmation hearings. This gets to the very heart of what Obama is about, and how the GOP could win battles going forward if they would just once look listen, and learn.

Obama’s religion is Barack Obama. His entire being is about preserving himself. The wheels under his campaign bus are jammed from all the bodies he has thrown under it. In other words, Obama has a glass jaw. He always backs down when enough pressure is applied. Even when liberals express frustration over this, Republicans for some reason are terrified to fight him.

The last two GOP presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney,  were good, decent men scared to death to be seen as mean. Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie do not seem to have this problem in a country where boldness is rewarded and timidity gets crushed. Too many Congressional Republicans are willing to cave and give Obama everything he wants over the silly and false notion that he would “fight for” his beliefs.

He is not a fighter. He is a talker, a runner, and a hider. He is the opposite of a fighter. Like any bully, he will flee from a fight at the slightest hint of force directed at him. He cannot even handle verbal jabs from an adoring media without lashing out.

The withdrawal of Susan Rice is not a compromise or a gesture to Senate Republicans, as the White House will try to spin it. They’ll suggest that because Obama decided to be accomodating with regard to Rice, the GOP should be accomodating in the fiscal cliff talks as a quid pro quo.

Wrong. The White House did not compromise. They surrendered. Rice was a looming disaster. Now that surrender must be unconditional, since that is exactly what Obama wants for the GOP. Just ask President George Herbert Walker Bush how surrender disguised as compromise works out in the long run.

The GOP should say “no” to everything Obama wants. They should be obstructionists. If they keep throwing haymakers, Obama will buckle. He always does. The only exception to the “no” rule would be if President Obama were (in a broken clock moment) actually right about something. Barring that, this man should not be rewarded for being completely wrong, doing wrong, and desiring to do more wrong. He needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into learning political ethics.

You don’t back unqualified individuals for high-visibility jobs and try to pass them off as superior based on minority status. When the blood of four dead Americans is unaccounted for, you don’t promote the woman who was the mouthpiece for a lie about it (even if it’s your lie). You absolutely don’t threaten to throw America over a fiscal cliff just to score political points.

All across America, despite the 2012 election, liberalism is on the run. Just ask labor unions in Wisconsin and Michigan. The 2014 election favors the GOP, and Republicans have to learn how to just shut up, stop being scared, hit back hard, and win.

The modern GOP hero is Ronald Reagan, but it is time Republicans remember the words of Nancy Reagan. From now on, every single time President Obama tries to bully, the GOP needs to loudly answer this paper tiger of a leader.

Just say no.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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