The Amazing Comeback of Susan Rice

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 There have been plenty of second acts in politics, from former President Bill Clinton surviving a sex-turned-impeachment scandal, to former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry returning to public life from a crack and prostitute scandal. But rarely do political comebacks happen in the span of a few short months, And yet that appears to be the case for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. After her humiliating withdrawal from contention as a secretary of state nominee, Rice is said to be the Obama administration's front-runner for national security adviser.

For those wondering how a woman who had little chance of being confirmed as secretary of state can be confirmed as national security adviser, the answer is she doesn't have to be. National security adviser is not an official cabinet post and therefore does not require Senate confirmation; however, the post is one of the most influential within a presidential administration in terms of shaping high-level foreign policy.

Condoleezza Rice used the role as a stepping-stone to secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. Her tenure as national security adviser is remembered as one of the most influential in recent memory -- but not necessarily in a good way. It was in that role that Rice is credited (or, rather, blamed by many) with helping to justify the costly, and now largely viewed as misguided, war in Iraq. Read more here.