Friday, November 16, 2012

Observations from the Window 11.16

Age can be a tricky thing in politics. I remember when I first saw Willard's motto "real change" and thinking sure vote for the old rich white guy for real change. Yesterday I had the exact opposite feeling when Luke Russert was rude enough to ask Nancy Pelosi if not stepping aside as Democratic leader in the house was keeping the party from grooming new leaders. Pelosi, who is 72, said she found the question offensive and as much as I like Debbie Wassermann Schultz I would agree, what has age got to do with the job? Russert, who I also like, quieted down like a spanked puppy.

Now I give you Arizona Senator John McCain who at the age of 76 seems to have just lost it completely. First McCain trashed UN Ambassador Susan Rice over what she had said at the start of the Benghazi mess even though Rice was just passing on what the CIA had told her. Evidently CIA Director Petraeus was too busy screwing his biographer that day to appear himself. McCain's outburst prompted this from an obviously pissed off President Obama; "If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after someone they should go after me. When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me."

But it got even better yesterday when McCain held a press conference demanding more information on what happened in Benghazi. The thing is McCain gave his presser at the very same time the Senate Homeland Security committee was being given a classified briefing on that very subject. When questioned about it by a CNN reporter later in the day McCain went into a meltdown worthy of Fox News on election night. From the CNN article ....

"'I have no comment about my schedule and I'm not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media," McCain said. Asked why he wouldn't comment, McCain grew agitated: "Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?" When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, "I'm upset that you keep badgering me.'”

Where will McCain go next? Maybe, as The Daily Kos noted, he will demand a hearing into which hearings he should have attended while demanding more hearings.

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