It is a strange world in which a person is compelled to announce her withdrawal from consideration for a position for which she has not been nominated.
Strange and, more to the point, ugly. I know Susan Rice only a bit. I have no strong view about whether she would have been a good secretary of state. But I do believe that the lengthy public twisting-in-the-wind process of her non-nomination reflects badly on nearly everyone involved — on Republicans, most obviously, but also on the president.
I’ve had my say, previously, about the Republican piece of the Rice debacle. The preemptive attack on her was unfair. The Benghazi scandal is not about whether Rice, or the intelligence reports on which she based her Sunday TV show appearances, correctly stated the nature of the attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. It’s about whether the security for them was adequate in the first place. The venom of the assault on Rice was way disproportionate to her alleged crime.