U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (Spencer Platt/Getty Images News)
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Late Monday, another development emerged. The senator agreed to meet privately with Rice.
McCain's position, which a plethora of media outlets described as having "softened," can be credited to a number of factors. First, the vehemence with which the senator challenged Rice's qualifications strained credibility at best and was downright laughable at worst. The man who introduced Sarah Palin on the global stage labeled the ambassador "not qualified." As a result, he and other members of the GOP were accused of using coded racial language to target her.
Additionally, the same passion that the senator has used to lambaste Rice for potentially misleading statements came across as sounding awfully familiar. It was reminiscent of the passion he used to defend Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for misleading statements in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. As these contradictions mounted, so did the perception that the senator was being motivated by more than just ideological differences with Susan Rice. According to sources, the animus between them is personal.
Source: The Root | Keli Goff