Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has had issues with President Obama since 2008, when he was handily defeated. That much is obvious. So, his staunch opposition to anyone the President wants to appoint, highlights his bitterness, as it does his colleagues.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, McCain stated that the real problem with the Obama administration’s response to September’s terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has more to do with President Barack Obama than with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, despite McCain having spent weeks consistently attacking the ambassador, with Republicans along side him nipping at her heels.
Chris Wallace asked McCain whether he’d vote for Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State — which he has repeatedly said he would not do — and McCain declined to reiterate his staunch opposition — so we can safely conclude that he will not, even though he has no reason not to, with exception to an obvious grudge against the President.
Wallace then asked if there was anything Rice could do to win over McCain. “She can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took,” the senator replied. “I’ll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her.”
He continued: “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position, just as she said. But she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States who in a debate with Mitt Romney said that he had said it was a terrorist attack.”
Except that Susan Rice has previously offered her time, to discuss these issues, on several occasions. It’s hilarious to watch McCain on Sunday talk shows, after he admonished Susan Rice for the same. What’s disconcerting is to observe GOPers parading Susan Rice around as an inept choice, led by McCain as he bitterly reflects on his own defeat in 2008 — because we know that’s what this is about. In addition to McCain’s astounding public display, 97 House Republicans joined him by co-signing a letter warning President Obama that Rice’s public comments after the attack on the mission in Benghazi “caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world.”
Even though Congress typically plays little formal role in foreign affairs, a significant group of House Republicans have launched a campaign against Susan Rice.
The Monday letter was written by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of a House subcommittee on terrorism. Those that signed the letter are among the most conservative House Republicans, and at least 10 of them lost reelection bids this month.
Again, we are presented with a dilemma. When Sonya Sotomayor was scrutinized, the irony on display was mind boggling. Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, a KKK sympathizer, took issue with her ‘wise Latina’ remark, calling it racist. Republicans followed in lockstep, each one, taking issue with the ‘wise Latina’ remark, holding her up to public scrutiny, akin to a three ring circus.
Now we have another intelligent woman. Another woman of color. Another three ring circus.
I think we can safely call John McCain, ‘Goober’ now, without exaggeration.