John McCain’s Blind Fury

john mccainWow, is it true that Senator John McCain, former presidential candidate John McCain — former presidential candidate John McCain who picked Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate — is criticizing President Obama for potentially appointing someone “not qualified” to be Secretary of State?

Takes a lot of gall, and a boatload of revisionist history, to go there.

John McCain has been spouting off on any talk show that will have him about the “incompetence” of the Obama Administration in its handling of the Benghazi attack (for a more complete timeline of McCain’s misplaced accusations, ThinkProgress has it here) – and, in particular, Susan Rice’s initial statements about the assault on our Embassy.  John McCain has been spouting off that “the American people deserve the truth.”  John McCain has been spouting off that Susan Rice is “not being very bright.”

McCain has become unstable and dangerous, and it all stems from his bitterness – and desperate desire for vengeance – because “that one” beat him in 2008, and beat another one just as unpalatable in 2012.  McCain has, apparently, shouldered the load for the entire, bitter, has-been Republican old guard and is acting out its collective hissy fit by viciously targeting Susan Rice and, by extension, the Obama Administration.

But if McCain wants to talk incompetence, we’ll be glad to have that conversation – it would seem that the definition of “incompetence” is choosing a running mate who bases her foreign policy expertise on her ability to lay her eyeballs on Russia from her house.  If he wants to talk about truth-telling, what the American people are entitled to know, he might have begun with the truth about his running mate’s lack of mastery of anything smacking of intellectual, her wacky religious beliefs, and her flirtation with the Alaska Secessionist Party.  If he wants to talk about intelligence, the bachelors degree his vice presidential running mate finally received after six years and five colleges pales in comparison to Susan Rice’s Phi Beta Kappa status at Stanford, and the fact that Rice was a Rhodes scholar, earning both a Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy at New College, Oxford.  The closest Sarah Palin has ever gotten to a philosophical thought is whether moose is better grilled or fried.

If John McCain were seriously concerned about Benghazi, and not just carrying the mantle of vengeance for the Republican Party, he would have attended the briefing on Benghazi instead of blowing it off to hold a press conference to smear President Obama and Susan Rice.  Stumbling, bumbling, and furious, he bears no resemblance to the war hero and statesman he’s been reputed to be; instead, he more closely resembles Mitt Romney in the wake of the 9/11 Benghazi attack.  Both Romney and McCain rushed to judgment; both Romney and McCain chose to push their own version of “facts” in advance of reality; both Romney and McCain found more comfort in smearing the President than treating the Benghazi attacks as something requiring careful consideration before issuing public statements.

John McCain has such a seething, white hot hatred of President Obama that he is willing to risk any credibility he has left to damage him.  McCain has apparently forgotten that he defended former Secretary of State Condi Rice against the same attacks he’s now leveling against Susan Rice.  As the noted (while awarding McCain two Pinocchios for his Rice accusations), “Given that McCain was so quick to excuse Condi Rice for making remarks of much greater import, it seems rather unsporting to quickly rush to judgment and mischaracterization in the case of Susan Rice.”

julie driscollThis isn’t the 2008 election, which Republicans lost, and this isn’t the 2012 election, which Republicans also lost.  There will be no impeachment of President Obama over Benghazi, no matter how cozy and thrilling the thought is to the right-wing establishment.  And what there also won’t be is any redemption for Republicans any time in the future if they continue to let this jaded old man, and others like him, be the standard-bearers for their party.

Look at John McCain today, and you’ll realize that blind fury is a very real thing.

Julie Driscoll
Smoking Hot Politics 

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2012


  1. Vietnam pilot says

    As a former Air Force pilot in Vietnam, I believe that John McCain is riding on a reputation that is mainly based on having been a prisoner of war. Apparently, his naval career included the crashing of four or five airplanes and being shot down on his first mission in Vietnam, where he broke flight protocols which exposed him to higher chances of being shot down. Which happened. He is known, by those who know, as a “hotdogger” for his naval flying performance and, as the son and grandson of admirals, he constantly exploited these relationships to enhance his reputation and to cover up his dubious flying career. None of this makes me feel comfortable or less anxious about the power he has as a senator and blowhard to do damage to this country.

  2. jmacmurray says

    Just a point: in January, McCain will lose his top-ranking seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee due to term limits. The only ranking Republican spot available to him next session will be on the Indian Affairs Committee. Unless he and Lindsey Graham can talk the Senate into creating a brand-new select committee.

  3. dusty says

    You shouldn’t be holding someone who is probably under the influence of alzheimers to any standard of honesty, decency, intelligence or honor. McCain, and I grew up in Arizona, has always been a wind bag, never a hero, and lives off the alcohol trade (maybe he does too much himself) through a distributorship owned by his significant other what.

  4. says

    McCain needs a a psychologist. If you do a search on his past, his “war hero” label doesn’t stick very well… especially when you read statements from families of Vietnam POWs who begged McCain to help them investigate. Just another rich boy who got into power because of Daddy’s influence.

  5. says

    I think you’ll also find that you don’t need even to mention Sarah Palin to prove that McCain is probably one of the least competent politicians in while some time. When it comes to foreign policy, McCain’s record is really one of the worst. In the lead up to the war in Iraq,
    He was telling people that Saddam was very near to building a nuclear weapon. After the invasion, he regularly (about every six months, in fact) assured the American public that things were going swimmingly over there. He lied about how safe things were when he toured the markets of Baghdad, hiding the fact he was under tight security the whole time.

    When I hear McCain spout off about the deaths of four consulate staffers, I cannot forget the role he played in the death of thousands of servicemen and women, as well as contractors. His bitterness no doubt comes from somebody who was always lacking in basic common sense and political skill and judgment who is now forced to watch every day the president doing a far better job than he could ever have done.

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