Whether or not they won reelection or were even running, Republican senators who lined up to oppose U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's potential nomination as secretary of State look increasingly like lame ducks.
Regardless of their stated reasons — which run the gamut from describing Rice as insufficiently candid in her description of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, to the contradictory opinion that she was too blunt on other occasions — it all comes down to obstructive behavior.
These senators are clearly trying to get in a few last licks before their numbers decline as a result of the 2012 election — conduct that is all too reminiscent of an army in retreat. Having lost the battle, it destroys everything in its path on the way out of town.