Thursday, November 15, 2012
Graham and McCain: The red, white and blue guys
Republican politicians - a couple of old white guys from red states taking out their GOP election blues on UN Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama. The woman at the left is Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire (these days Republicans are finding it prudent to have a woman in their photo-ops. It's a start, America. )
So McCain and Graham heigh-hoed to the TV cameras to angrily revive the McConnell Mambo in which Sen. Mitch McConnell pledged within nanoseconds of Obama's first election that he would do everything possible to make damn sure that Obama would be a one-term president. It was one of the few times that a Republican could be accused of thinking ahead.
Oh, the mambo? You might recall that in West Side Story there was the wild scene in which the mambo was vigorously expressed with shouts and harsh fingerpointing.
Now we witness McCain, still in a sulk over his own defeat by Obama in 2008, slamming Susan
Rice as the potential presidential nominee for secretary of state. "She's not qualified!'' growled McCain, growing more erratic by the day. "I don't trust her!" screeched Graham, McCain's buddy in all of those tours in Iraq when when they were still committed to proving the existence of weapons of mass destruction. Their tour-group included a hawkish third senator, Zelig Joe Lieberman who is finally leaving town in January. One out of three is still better than none out of three.
Susan Rice is being accused of messing up the facts in the ongoing probe of the Benghazi bombing, scripted for her by the CIA since she had no connection to any of it. The Washington Post's fact-checker gave the McCain-Graham hostility to Rice two Pinocchios for "mischaracterization" in the case. The two guys still haven't full explained how they so were charmed by Condoleezza Rice, who didn't deliver the goods in the lead-up to 9/ll. They never will.
But Obama brought his gauntlet this time: "If Senator McCain and Senator Graham want to go after somebody, they should go after me," Obama asserted at his own news conference. It was obvious from his tone that the nice guy was no longer at the podium.