This demonstrates why Obama picked Rice in the first place. He believed that she would be inoculated from criticism because of her sex and race. He was ready to criticize the criticizers as angry old white men. And, this demonstration is an excellent reason not to confirm her for SoS. If she gets the post, she can never be criticized by Republicans. This is why affirmative action hiring is dangerous. Once hired, their performance can never be criticized, nor can they be terminated for lack of it. Consider Barack Obama. You criticize his policies, you are racist. You criticize Rice, you are a sexist and racist. Double down.