Susan Rice

While the rumor mill buzzes with reports that President Barack Obama will name Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry to be the nation’s next Secretary of State, United Nations ambassador Susan Rice’s team appears to be taking one last shot at Rice’s detractors – and angling to keep her in the mix for another top gig at the National Security Council (NSC).

Bruce Jones of the Brookings Institution, the husband of close Rice ally Elizabeth Cousens, took a shot at Kerry and Rice’s GOP detractors on Monday. Cousens is an ambassador who reports to Rice, serving as the U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly. Before Cousens took up her current gig, she was one of Rice’s top personal advisers.

“Rice at NSC, Donillon at State a strong move. Also, McCain and co just got a scalp; why reward them with Kerry’s seat?” Jones tweeted on Monday.

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