Doyle McManus has an op-ed in today's L.A. Times about Susan Rice being targeted by Republicans until she felt she was becoming a distraction and withdrew her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State. She didn't want time and energy to be spent on a bitter confirmation battle at the expense of other priorities on the president's agenda, like immigration reform.
He goes on in some detail about John McCain's role, the Benghazi excuse, and more, but this is the part that caught my eye:
A Republican Senate aide spelled out the situation for me more clearly, on condition he not be identified. "Voting for higher taxes is a tough vote," he said. "Opposing Susan Rice is a way to score points, even though it's a sideshow."
And there you have it. A moment of truth and repugnance all rolled into one big, shameless, politicizing, obstructionist Ball of GOP.