At John Kerry’s somnolent confirmation hearing for Secretary of State on Thursday, Kerry showed up Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Galt’s Gulch), on the latter’s very serious public crusade to get to the bottom of the killing of the American Ambassador in Benghazi — revealing that Johnson himself didn’t attend the intelligence briefing. (SEE UPDATE BELOW.)
Perhaps he was busy at the press conference where Walnuts, Graham, and whatsername, WHERE’STHEGIRL, were complaining that they weren’t getting intelligence briefings, while the intelligence briefing was going on.
Johnson: Is there a reason that we wouldn’t have those Department of State officials, those security people, testifying before us, so we can find out: Who knew what? When? I mean, to actually get to the bottom of that?
Kerry: Well, there’s no reason down the road, I would assume. But for the moment, I know that there is an FBI investigation going on, because I personally called the FBI Director, and was debriefed by him, and was told that they’re making progress, and that some things may or may not be right to take place in the not too distant future.
Johnson: Okay. Will you work with me then, on an ongoing basis, so we can get that behind us, so we can find out what actually happened, and then we can move beyond that? I mean, can you just make that commitment to me?
Kerry: Well I think, Senator, in all fairness, we do know what happened. I think it is very clear — were you at the briefing with the tapes?
Kerry: Well, there was a briefing with tapes, which we all saw — those of us who went to it — which made it crystal clear. We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw all of the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.
After his confrontation Wednesday with Hillary Clinton, Johnson blasted her in the media — saying that she planned to get emotional so she could get out of trouble.
“It was theatrics,” Johnson told Milwaukee-area conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes. “Again, she didn’t want to answer questions so she makes a big show of it.”
“I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions,” Johnson told BuzzFeed on Wednesday. “It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me.”
By the next day, however, Johnson maybe realized that calling a woman manipulative for showing emotion was probably not a good idea in the year 2013.
“I did not accuse her of crying,” Johnson said Thursday morning on CNN.” “I was responding to a question, Soledad. I probably speculated and I shouldn’t have.”
Coming next week: Johnson demands and then plays hooky during a top-level briefing on ladies’ brain-parts.
UPDATE: Later in the day, a Johnson aide sent Wonkette a statement (with a very nice note).
“Senator Kerry [...] asked whether I had attended a specific classified briefing held last year, one that was made available to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I became a member of the Committee quite recently, and so was not invited to the briefing offered last year. I have participated in multiple classified briefings on Benghazi, and others that were unclassified. I attended briefings offered to all Senators, and to members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.”
Which leaves unanswered: If Ron Johnson was there for all those briefings, why is he asking such stupid questions?