Angry John Is at It Again, Only Worse

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    Except when he laughs nervously about bombing Iran, John McCain is an angry man. When isn’t he angry? And when don’t we know about it? God knows he’s been given enough platform to let Americans know about each and every McCain outrage. There’s hardly a microphone he doesn’t attach himself to.

    McCain is one of the most often-invited guests on the male and GOP-dominated Sunday morning talk show circuit. Since he lost in 2008 you’d think he’d be back-burnered as the irrelevant, bigoted, out of touch “white” man that he is.  But noooooooo.

    And now comes word that it’s happened again. Amazingly, McCain skipped a briefing on Benghazi to to claim that the White House wasn’t informing Congress sufficiently about it. Maybe he should have gone to the briefing.  But he didn’t. Instead…

    He expressed outrage about the supposed failures of Susan Rice, supposed because McCain’s version of Rice’s statements were ill-informed and just plain wrong. But when there’s a conclusion to jump to, Johhny is at the ready.

    John McCain claimed Susan Rice “isn’t that bright.” This from the man who nominated the imbecilic Sarah Palin for his Vice Presidential nominee. Rice, whose Ph.D is from Oxford University, is hardly stupid. Contrast that with McCain who graduated near the bottom of his class of over 800. And yet there is McCain questioning Dr. Susan Rice’s intelligence and fitness to serve at State.

    Hopefully, the voters of Arizona will finally give John McCain the boot.  He doesn’t believe in in actually serving them as their representative in Washington. He refuses to bring home the bacon (i.e., jobs). He’s been pretty damn stupid (i.e. not that bright) in the Senate, especially in the past four years. And he’s got “angry white dude” written all over him. (No literalists among his supporters, that is not to be taken literally.)

    • Venu

      Senator McCain sits on the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Homeland Security Committee, many of which were briefing on the same material and sometimes have scheduling conflicts.

      Why is it so hard for us to just admit that Benghazi was a flub? We lucked out that Romney and the Republicans were too incompetent and too fixed on their “trickle-down” economics of raising taxes on the poor to campaign on this issue, but it is a genuine failure of this Administration, nonetheless (Lack of preparedness, stand-down orders, etc.)

      And moreover, this blog post just reeks of intellectual laziness of not really caring what the Senator has to say in regards to Dr. Rice but that McCain (as evidenced by the picture you chose) must be an angry-white person whose views are the antithesis of whatever you feel you MUST stand for (though in this case he’s clearly right, which I will admit is strikingly rare for John McCain ever since he caved to the far-Right.)  

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

      More substantively, his hypocrisy and inconsistency know no bounds. For instance, where was McCain calling for a “Watergate-style hearing” in the aftermath of the horrendous, disastrous Beirut Marine barracks bombing in 1983? Oh, right, Ronald Reagan was president then, and Democrats certainly didn’t stoop to McCain’s level of wildly casting aspersions. Second, where was McCain during the leadup to the Iraq War, with supposed uranium in Niger, Saddam connections to 9/11, etc, etc?  And where was McCain when our occupation of Iraq turned disastrous, clearly because we went in with insufficient forces for the occupation, also without a plan to deal with any insurgents, “dead enders,” Sunni-Shiite hostilities, etc?  Oh yeah, again, a Republican was in the White House so McCain was silent. And now that a Democrat is in the White House, the same Democrat who BEAT McCain in 2008 for president? Whoa, Nellie, bar the door, John McCain is OUTRAGED I say! Whatever, just ignore this foaming-at-the-mouth wacko at this point. Oh, and GET OFF HIS LAWN!!! LOL

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

      here:

      As I’ve written before, McCain’s various self-reinventions as a politician are best understood as acts of sore loser-dom. A decade ago, for instance, he took up a sudden interest in closing the gun show loophole, enacting a patients’ bill of rights, and stopping tax cuts for the wealthy. Not at all coincidentally, this came just after he’d lost a bruising campaign against George W. Bush. Bush and his team had been rough – very, very rough – on McCain, and McCain had deemed them unworthy victors. His sudden cooperation with Democrats in 2001 was his version of payback, giving the new Bush White House fits.

      When he lost to Obama in 2008, McCain shifted in the other direction, becoming a more reliable Republican vote in the Senate and playing a leading role in the right’s attacks on the new president. At a 2010 White House summit on healthcare, McCain communicated something approaching contempt for Obama, and he threw himself into Romney’s campaign against the president this year. Nor is he giving up in the wake of the election. Along with Lindsey Graham, McCain is now the GOP’s point-man for going after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi incident. This week, McCain vowed to filibuster her nomination if Obama chooses her to run the State Department, a threat that prompted an unusually heated response from Obama at his Wednesday press conference.

      “When they go after the U.N. ambassador,” Obama said of McCain and Graham, “apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.”

      Obviously, McCain got under the president’s skin, which surely makes him happy. But this is probably short-sighted. For years, McCain was one of the most popular politicians in the country. His reputation took a hit in ’08, but he had an opportunity to restore it in defeat. Instead, he’s behaved like an embittered partisan warrior. And so far, it’s an example that Romney and Ryan are following.

    • commentator1

      McCain and Romney should form a old white guy’s Sore Loser’s Club.

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      which places this most recent McCain rant in even more self-serving context.  It’s not just the microphone McCain seeks.  It’s not just him fighting the current of his own distemper and irrelevancy.  Because of term limits he will lose his seat on the Armed Services Committee.  (Is this great news or what?!) Apparently in a bid to ward off his own fading into the woodwork, McCain wretched and spewed out the nasty stuff about Dr. Rice to get him a position, preferably chairperson, on a yet-to-be formed Select Committee to Investigate–SOMETHING.  Pathetic, really pathetic.  

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

      From 2008…Rice called McCain “confused,” said he had a “lack of understanding and lack of strategic depth,” etc. Something tells me McCain hasn’t forgotten that. Of course, this is politics at the highest level, and if you hold a grudge against everyone who’s ever said a bad thing about you, as McCain apparently does, I hate to think of what your blood pressure’s going to look like.

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

      Yes, he’s completely lost his mind.