The Watering Hole, Monday, November 26th, 2012: Time to Go, Senator McCain

Wave Bye-Bye Now!


As Rachel Maddow so perfectly pointed out recently, John McCain’s regular – some might say ubiquitous – appearances on so many of the Sunday morning political talkfests only serve to show McCain’s desperation to remain relevant at any cost. Unfortunately, that ‘cost’ seems to be the remnants of McCain’s respectability along with the shards of his integrity.

McCain’s latest insanity is shown in his recent calls for a “Watergate-style” investigation of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice regarding the Benghazi, Libya, attack. McCain’s rabid and, IMHO, unfounded attacks on Ms. Rice (including calling her “not very bright”, and his vow to block her possible nomination as future Secretary of State) were supposedly tempered a trifle yesterday, if by ‘tempered’ one means asking for the same information from Ms. Rice, presumably sans the “Watergate-style” investigation. Regardless, McCain still will not say whether, even if he (undeservedly) receives the requested information from Ms. Rice, he would consider NOT blocking her possible future nomination for Secretary of State.

But in McCain’s interview on Fox Sunday, he shows his characteristic bungling of essential facts:

HOST: You say that you will do everything in your power to block Susan Rice’s nomination if the President decides to name her to be secretary of state . . . . Is there anything that Ambassador Rice can do to change your mind?
MCCAIN: Sure, she can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. And I’ll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. Why did she say that al Qaeda has been decimated in her statement here on this program? Al Qaeda hasn’t been decimated. They’re on the rise. They’re all over Iraq.

Yes, John, of course Al Qaeda is “all over” Iraq, sure they are…NOT.

In the same Fox News Sunday interview, on women’s issues, McCain had this to say:

McCAIN:… And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely. I don’t think anybody like me, I can state my position on abortion, but, to — other than that, leave the issue alone. When we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we’re in.

CHRIS WALLACE (HOST): When you say leave the issue alone, you would allow, you say, freedom of choice?

McCAIN: I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions and I’m proud of my pro-life position and record, but if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.

So, that would be a ‘NO’ to ‘freedom of choice”?

Since the 2008 Presidential election, when Senator McCain foisted Sarah Palin on us, it seems that his tenuous ties to reality, and his sense of decency and honor, have rapidly strained to the snapping point. I think that we all agree (and I wouldn’t be surprised if many in the Republican heirarchy agree, too), that it’s way past time for McCain to, shall we say, spend a lot more of his time at one of his seven -or was it eight? – homes.

This is our Open Thread. Feel free to discuss this topic, or anything else that comes to mind.

Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This Week“Gov. Bill Richardson talks ’08 and Iraq & Sec. Michael Leavitt and Gov. Jon Corzine debate SCHIP and Pres. Bush’s veto” … “On our ‘Roundtable,’ Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman and George Will.”

NBC’s Meet The Press – “Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) joins us exclusively this Sunday to talk about his race for the White House. Then, a political roundtable with David Brody, David Broder, Margaret Carlson & Ted Koppel. Plus, a special look back at the 50th anniversary of Sputnik with NBC’s veteran space correspondent, Jay Barbree.”

CBS’s Face The Nation – Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, Chairman, House Republican Conference; Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Roger Simon, Chief Political Columnist, Politico.com

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – “In her first interview on ‘FOX News Sunday’ since taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives a progress report.”

CNN’s Late Edition – President Jalal Talabani, Iraq; Lam Akol, Sudanese Foreign Minister; Susan Rice, Fmr. Asst. Secy. Of State, Brookings Institute; John Prendergast, Co-Chair, Enough; Alan Greenspan, Fmr. Federal Reserve Chairman

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