Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice would be a “human lightning rod” if chosen to be Democrat Joe Biden’s vice president, a Washington Post columnist wrote on Friday.
Rice, who is said to be on Biden’s shrunken list of vice presidential candidates, has the advantage of a long-standing close relationship with the former vice president, unlike any of the other names on the list.
But Biden’s need for “familiarity and comfort” is a luxury the nation has no time for in this time of singular crisis, writes Post columnist Dana Milbank.
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Despite Rice’s impressive CV – Rhodes scholar, Oxford scholar, UN ambassador, national security adviser – she has serious Benghazi baggage and a polarizing ability to make quick enemies. She had to step down as secretary of state to former President Barack Obama because she was unlikely to get Senate confirmation votes, Milbank writes.
If she joined the Biden ticket, Milbank writes, she would be a distraction for Democrats at a time when voters want calm – and an easy target for Republicans.
“It would be a good move for Republicans,” agreed Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., last week. “I don’t think she will do well over time. “
History of rudeness
Milbank notes that Rice is known to be obnoxious in interpersonal situations.
“His F-bombs are legendary,” he writes, and has rarely refrained from using crass language or gestures to criticize political opponents.
She once called Graham a “sh- piece” on a popular podcast and once raised her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke, a former US diplomat who died in 2010, Milbank said.
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But the author says he was more concerned about Rice after hearing the hesitation to support her among his former colleagues in the Obama administration.
“It was the last reminder that Rice has a history of turning allies and adversaries into enemies,” he wrote.
Never ran for the office
Rice is also the only serious candidate for the post who did not run for office.
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Milbank concludes that Biden should benefit from his experience if he wins the White House – but not as a vice president.
“Biden’s biggest draw is the government’s hope of relief out of insult and rule out of rage,” he adds. “He shouldn’t waste it. ”
Biden said on Tuesday he would announce his running mate this week.
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Biden has pledged to choose a woman as his running mate and is examining several women of color as protests against racial injustice continue across the country.
Other women considered include the senses. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and Representative Karen Bass.