Does anyone seriously believe that senators would be lining up to preemptively oppose @AmbassadorRice if she looked a little more like, say, Tom Donilon?
She is overwhelmingly qualified. The reasons for opposition to her--at least as I understand them--are nonsense.
So to all senators who are lining up to denounce her, I issue a challenge: articulate clearly why you think she is not an appropriate nominee. I'm open to persuasion here. Really. But if you're going to declare an overwhelmingly well-qualified black woman as DOA as a nominee... should able to make a clear case based on disqualifying facts, positions, or views.

So what is it?
And no, @AmbassadorRice and I are not close. She was a colleague at @BrookingsInst for a spell and we know each other slightly. This isn't DC insiders vouching for each other. I just don't understand the case against her and why it is distilling into Republican orthodoxy.
And yes, I am insinuating that race and gender are a factor here.

So there.
Also, I am not urging her appointment. Biden should appoint whomever he wants to be Secretary of State. My point is that there is something really off about the GOP herd mentality to preemptively oppose her--and nobody else--without articulating a coherent case.
That's all I got.

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