After Tuesday’s election results, much of the country began hoping that the Republican obstructionism that defined the last session of Congress wouldn’t continue into President Barack Obama’s second term. Luckily, there are at least a few conservative politicians who are on board with the new spirit of compromise, so we might see a real push to finally get things done in this new session.
One thing we may not see compromise on, however, is President Obama’s appointment to lead the Department of State. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has already made it clear he won’t back anyone the President might appoint who was “associated with Benghazi” in any way.
As usual with conservative Republicans, however, Senator Graham has no evidence that the government acted in any way improperly during the Benghazi attacks. Although it’s been made clear now that the Obama administration did its job, this hasn’t stopped outrageous attacks on the President from conservatives everywhere. Even staunch Republican Condoleezza Rice believes the conservative outcry over Benghazi is unfounded, stating, “It’s not always easy to know what is really going on on the ground…it’s probably better to let the relevant bodies do their work.”
A favorite to lead the Department of State for President Obama is current U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. With respect to Ambassador Rice, specifically, Senator Graham again stated that he was “not entertaining promoting anybody” that he believed was involved in what he called “the Benghazi debacle.” Unfortunately, Senator Graham wouldn’t be alone in wishing to extend the obstructionism, as several conservative media outlets have already begun to foreshadow a second term of Republican obstinance.
Watch video of Senator Graham’s full interview below: