It quite apparent that President Fifty Seven States, b/k/a Barack Obama want current Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice to become the next Secretary of State.    One Dana Milbank, Washington Post, thinks it is not going to happen:

Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, [Susan] Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies — on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. Particularly in comparison with the other person often mentioned for the job, Sen. John Kerry, she can be a most undiplomatic diplomat, and there likely aren’t enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her.

Obama has lost the liberal wing to the WaPo.

Addendum: How bad is it when Maureen Dowd takes you to the woodshed, from the New York Times:

An Africa expert, Rice should have realized that when a gang showed up with R.P.G.’s and mortars in a place known as a hotbed of Qaeda sympathizers and Islamic extremist training camps, it was not anger over a movie. She should have been savvy enough to wonder why the wily Hillary was avoiding the talk shows.

The president’s fierce defense of Rice had virile flare. But he might have been better off leaving it to aides, so he did not end up going mano a mano with his nemesis John McCain on an appointment he hasn’t even made (though now Obama might feel compelled to, just to prove that he can’t be pushed around), and so he could focus on fiscal cliff bipartisanship.

His argument that Rice “had nothing to do with Benghazi,” raises the question: Then why was she the point person?

Susan bend down and kiss your bun good bye.