Somebody Remind John McCain That He Lost in 2008

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This morning, I thought it might be fun to start with a little guessing game:  I call it Identify the Bitter Old Senatorial Bloviator.  Let’s go!

Guess who said this, and when:

__________________ is a great American success story. This is what America is all about. A young woman who grew up in a segregated part of America where Americans were not treated equally, to rise to the position of secretary of state. We should have been celebrating, I believe, this remarkable American success story.

Also, I thought that some of the remarks — and I’m not going to mention my colleagues’ names — some of the remarks aimed at her during the hearings challenged her integrity. We can disagree on policy and we disagree on a lot of things, but I think it is very clear that _______________ is a person of integrity. And yes, I see this, some lingering bitterness over a very tough campaign. I hope it dissipates soon.

I can only conclude we’re doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness at the outcome of the elections.

If you guessed Sen. John McCain, “Bingo!”  That was Senator McCain waxing all “America, Land of Opportunity” over the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice back in 2005.  McCain seemed quite impressed with the other Rice’s indisputable “integrity” despite the fact that, as National Security Advisor to George W. Bush, she lied through her teeth about Saddam Hussein’s WMDS, resulting in the deaths of thousands of American troops and countless Iraqi civilians over ten years in Iraq.

In light of those glowing accolades, as opposed to Sen. McCain’s current character assassination of Susan Rice, I can only conclude that he’s doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness at the outcome of the elections.

Here’s another one—who said this and when?

We need an ambassador who has the trust of the president and the secretary of State . . . elections have consequences, and one consequence of President ________ re-election is that he has the right to appoint officials of his choice. 

A president has a right to put into place the team that he believes will serve him best.

Wow! that McCain has a silver tongue, doesn’t he?  That was 2005 again, when McCain spoke up for Dubya’s nomination of John Bolton for Ambassador to the UN.  At the time, Bolton’s opponents said he was unfit for the job because, among other things, he allegedly tried to get a State Department analyst to change an intelligence finding to support his own world view.  But John McCain said “Fiddlesticks!”

Of course, McCain has had a terrible decade: he was beaten by a landslide by a black man who refuses to kiss McCain’s ring.  The little trolls in McCain’s head keep telling him “It should be ME! in that Oval Office, and commanding SEAL teams from the SitRoom!  And I have to stomach this “uppity pretender” strutting his stuff and being Friended all over FaceBook and, and IT. SHOULD. BE. ME! (and Caribou Barbie) running things.

If you think “hell hath no fury like a Senate Minority Leader scorned,” wait’ll you see how long McCain can hold his breath.

As Charles Pierce, of Esquire, so poetically put it:

Yes, because when you’re as concerned as McCain assures us he is that the foreign policy of the United States is coming unraveled, the best patriotic solution is to work as hard as you can to keep the State Department leaderless until the fires of your personal tantrum cool. It’s hard to believe Hank Paulson didn’t listen to him back in 2008.

It is eating Republicans alive that Benghazi didn’t “Watergate” Obama.  They have lost the presidential election, some of their heft in the House (202 Democrats - 234 Republicans), the fever dream of a Senate majority and a lot of their credibility as the go-to party for national security matters.

Now that Romeo Petraeus has testified and the whole Susan Rice incident is quickly shriveling up into a nothingness, Republicans are doing their version of political strategizing to keep the story alive (despite the fact that events in the Mid-East keep stealing their news cycles). 

Now McCain is demanding a public apology from Susan Rice to the American people for misleading them (ahhh! the Irony) and 97 House Republicans have signed a letter saying, among lots of other derogatory BS, that Rice is “widely viewed” as incompetent or dishonest, not only at home but “around the world.” 

Notice that more than half of House Republicans figure they have better things to do, especially since the House has no role in confirming presidential nominees.

As Michael Crowley, of Time Magazine’s “Swampland” blog points out:

Whether Rice would fail to win a hearing at, say, the Saudi king’s palace because of this one trip around the talk show circuit is hard enough to swallow. But when you think about it, the letter also entails a certain chutzpah. If being “widely viewed” as incompetent or dishonest is such a problem, shouldn’t most of the people who signed that letter, being members of Congress and all, themselves be out of a job?

But, in politics, there’s always a hidden agenda, isn’t there?  The hidden agenda here is that Republicans are guessing that if Obama doesn’t want to go through one of their signature fili-blustery confirmation hearings, he would nominate John Kerry (D-Mass), who would most likely cruise unimpeded into the SoS position.  BUT—that would mean vacating his Senate seat, setting up a special election for a Massachussetts senate seat that Scott Brown would almost certainly run for and win thus diminishing Democratic power in the Senate at a time when each of those seats were hard-won.

There you have it, business as usual.  Obviously, the GOP would rather lumber into a tar pit than change anything about their winning ways.  Meanwhile, if you care about Susan Rice’s career, hop on over to whitehouse.gov where I’ve put up a petition calling for John McCain to issue a public apology to her for defaming her character.

 

Posted by Bette Noir on 11/20/12 at 09:48 AM • Permalink

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They have lost the presidential election ...

Not so fast there, Ms. Noir. In an EXCLUSIVE for WorldNetDaily, Tea Party supremo Judson Phillips begs to disagree:

We have one last, final chance to save America. We have one last, final chance to stop Barack Obama. One final chance.

What is this final chance? Will the Republicans step up to the plate and do what is necessary?

Barack Obama has not yet been re-elected president.

Yes, the election is over – but remember, a presidential election in America is not by popular vote. We vote for the candidate, but what we are really doing is voting for the electors who will meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December.

That is when the actual re-election of the president occurs.

Is there a way to stop this?

Yes, there is.

And the best part – this is totally constitutional.

The 12th Amendment of the Constitution as well as Article II of the Constitution govern the Electoral College.

According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.

The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president.

Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president.
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So how do we do this?

Mitt Romney carried 24 states. We need to have conservative activists from all over the nation contact the electors, the Republican Party and the secretary of state in all of these states and tell them not to participate in the Electoral College when it meets on Dec. 17.

If we can get 17 of those states (just over one-third) to refuse to participate, the Electoral College will have no quorum. Then, as the Constitution directs, the election goes to the House of Representatives.

That is how we can still pull this election out and make Mitt Romney president in January.

Sadly, a few spoilsports have popped up in the comments there to point out that this “quorum” would only apply if no candidate got to 270 EVs. If those 17 states did refuse to participate, it would be an even bigger landslide for Obama. Oh well.

I seem to recall some spouse of a presidential candidate burbling on earlier in the year about “sore losers,” but her name escapes me.

@YAFB WND, Sir?  You certainly do make the rounds of some awfully seamy spots, even by intertoobz standards.

McCain’s hypocrisy runneth over.

Also, shouldn’t guy who considered Sarah Palin the best choice for vice president be automatically disqualified from voting on cabinet appointments?

Great post, Bette.

. . . shouldn’t guy who considered Sarah Palin the best choice for vice president be automatically disqualified from voting on cabinet appointments?

@J I think that’s a “capitol” suggestion, now that the Seanate has done away with the dunce cap . . .

Petition signed—let’s just say I’ve been *deeply troubled* by McCain’s antics and the Republican attempts to undermine this Administration’s ability to move forward with distractions, distortions and concern-trolling.  But also—I’ve been long disturbed by McCain’s seemingly Teflon “foreign policy cred”. As Rachel Maddow recently pointed out—he’s mostly always wrong. Really, you think by now more people in the Beltway would have caught on tothis. (Or they kinda know, but prefer the puppet show. It tickles my cynicism bone.)

oooh, neat.  As of right now, #ApologizeMcCain is a Twitter thing.

@Vixen they kinda know, but prefer the puppet show” gets my vote . . .

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