It’s nice to see John McCain make non-sensationalist appearances. It seems the McCain we knew was mostly absent after his twin brother showed up totally focused on Benghazi. During a discussion on Sean Hannity’s show the old McCain did show up though amid all this noise to educate FOX on exactly how they have been misreporting Middle Eastern News.
John McCain recently took a jab at John Kerry calling him “Mr. Secretary.” It seems John McCain just can’t let go of the recent Susan Rice Behghazi hoopla he tried to stir up. Kerry wasn’t unarmed however and soon had his own opportunity to take a kick as a very recently purple John McCain teaching him the proverbial lesson. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
McCain just won’t stop. Benghazi is a dead issue. Other then it’s overt politicization Benghazi has never actually been an issue other then an opportunity by the GOP to exploit the attack for traction during their abysmal presidential campaign. I’m not the biggest Maddow fan but her response to McCain’s latest round of questions regarding Benghazi dismantles what this strategy by the Republicans is all about. First, she gives the answers which to this point are entirely public knowledge. Then she goes fourth to explain the motivations to keep Susan Rice out of the Secretary Of State position in order to clear a senate seat now held by John Kerry. To the point where in the same interviews GOP officials speak to John Kerry’s great aptitude for the job. But wait a minute: wasn’t John Kerry the wrong man for the job because of the international challenges in 2004? No, what we needed then according to these same people was George W Bush.
Ouch. FOX recently invited Military Expert Historian, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and Senior Fellow of the Center For A New American Security military think tank Thomas Ricks on the show. Two questions and less then a minute into the interview about GOP politicians backing off of Susan Rice critcisms (most notably John McCain) Ricks lets him know precisely why he thinks the story is hyped. But doesn’t stop there and continues to accuse FOX of “operating as a wing of the Republican party”. The awkwardness index goes up to about 100% and the interview is cut short. One sure fire way to tell when the pwnage is dropping is that those who get crushed will always try to limp away even though the damage is already done.
UPDATE: FOX later claimed that Ricks apologized after the show. He did not. And I’ve added his response here after the video in which he claims FOX’s reaction “is horse shit”. Tom Ricks, we salute you!