November 26, 2012
Asked directly whether she believes President Barack Obama will select Rice to replace Clinton, Powers said bluntly: “I don’t know, though I think if he does, that kind of arrogance — which is what I think it would be — could be his undoing.”
She explained further: “If she is put under oath and forced to go through and answer all these questions about Benghazi, I think it’s going to put the administration in a really bad position.”
Powers also contested the notion that Rice was ever the frontrunner for Clinton’s position, saying that from “everything I’d heard, it was that she was in the running but it was leaning more towards John Kerry. And then we have this press conference where the president just kind of went off about Susan Rice, and it’s now become almost a sense of pride.”
“You think he cornered himself in that press conference?” host Chris Wallace asked. “Now if he doesn’t name her, he looks like he’s caving?”
“I think he did,” Powers responded. “I don’t know that it was intentional. And I know that he went a little overboard.” . . . In recent months, Powers has been one of the few Democrats to be openly critical of President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi attacks, and recently called his press conference defense of Rice to be “sexist” and “silly.”
Pride goeth before a fall.