How is noted spotter of talent Senator John McCain responding to the White House’s exploratory sext of placing Susan Rice in Hillz’s sensible shoes at State?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice is “not qualified” to become secretary of state and he called her claim that the deadly attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration “not very bright.”

“She’s not qualified,” McCain said on CBS’s “This Morning.” “Anyone who goes on national television and in defiance of the facts, five days later — We’re all responsible for what we say and what we do. I’m responsible to my voters. She’s responsible to the Senate of the United States. We have our responsibility for advice and consent.”

We will outsource our response to Kevin Drum:

Rice was, in fact, properly cautious in her TV appearances. The transcripts here are crystal clear. On Face the Nation, for example, she carefully told Bob Schieffer that she couldn’t yet offer any “definitive conclusions,” but that “based on the best information we have to date” it appeared that there had been a spontaneous protest in Benghazi “as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where […] there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video.” She then immediately added: “But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.” When Schieffer pressed her on whether the attack had been preplanned, or whether al-Qaeda was involved, she said directly that we simply didn’t know yet.

But what does John McCain think about this complete obliteration of his crotcheting? Let us go back to Politico and find out!

CIA-supplied talking points backed up what Rice said on the Sunday shows after the attack, according to a Washington Post report. But McCain said that was irrelevant.

“Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said. “She told the American people on every major newscast in America. If a select committee, if appointed, clears her of any wrongdoing — besides not being very bright, because it was obvious this was not a, quote ‘flash mob.’ There was no demonstration.”

Fucking trollops, always being so “not bright” when they are in fact completely right in every detail of what they say. Also, troweling on makeup, and existing.

[Politico / Kevin Drum]

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  • Come here a minute

    Ambassador Rice should have stuck with the story that she could see Benghazi from her house.

  • Dr_Zoidberg

    Oh, Walnuts. What happened to you? You used to be fairly reasonable.

  • Goonemeritus

    Speaking of dashed hopes, butthurt and the like has anyone heard from Spanky 2 or any of his nom de plume?

    • qwerty42

      Yeah, I thought they'd want to drop by and tell us "oops, my bad" or something.

  • snowpointsecret

    “Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said.

    BREAKING: McCain calls Lincoln a terrible president.

    • IncenseDebate

      It's a little late to be dredging up Kent State.

    • A great President would have ducked!

  • sbj1964

    McCain's ability to pick women is only equal to my own.3 divorces,and still looking.

    • Goonemeritus

      Get a cat for fuck sake!

      • sbj1964

        I don't think that is legal.Except in Vermont maybe?It would have to be de-clawed that's for sure.

      • Lot_49

        And put a space after those periods.

        • I give my women lots of space around periods.

    • Terry

      0.3 divorces? Does that mean that your wife has annoyed you 1/3 of the way towards filing for divorce?

      • Esteev

        On the bright side, she only get 0.3 of the assets!

    • prommie

      Ha ha! I only have two and I got it right this time!

      • sbj1964

        From now on every 5 years I will just find a woman I hate,and buy her a house.Emotionally cheaper.

      • FakaktaSouth

        I swear to God til DEATH is gonna mean something this fucking time. NO ONE HERE gets out alive, and so forth. Love love.

        • prommie

          And forsaking all others. Love love love.

  • bureaucrap

    Bitter old man is bitter.

    • secanonymous

      You'd be too if you couldn't lift your arms above your waist.

      • MoeDeLawn

        So why doesn't he do Irish Dancing? Hennnngh?

  • FNMA

    "We're all responsible for what we say and what we do."

    And some people say Walnuts has no sense of humor.

    • bobbert

      Appears that he has no sense of irony.

    • Anne_Athema

      And to that little nugget, I add this ( hope I link this properly), since we are all so responsible for our actions and speech:

  • Ryy

    Romney got burned on Bengahzi, what like 3 times…. including one smack-down live on public airwaves. But did that stop them? No, they went on and on about it sure that America would quickly remove Obama based on all the damning innuendo coming out of rightwing blogs about Bengahzi. Then the GOP got their ass handed to them on a plate, and NO ONE cared about Bengahzi even a little.

    And yet, a week after the election, here is McCain still warbling on about it.

    It seems the GOP has nothing, and is still determined to run on it.

    • Stevola

      "I started with nothing, and I still have some of it left"

    • Kid_Charlemagne

      He should start harping about the Obamacopter again too.

    • anniegetyerfun

      Good, they can finally replace "Born in the USA" with "Running on Empty" at their rallies.

      • NorthStarSpanx

        Why not? It's as effective an outrage as Scott Brown's campaign against Elizabeth Warren's perceived heritage. And look how that turned out. : )

      • bobbert

        Wait. I like Running on Empty.

    • MegPasadena

      It's like the Kevin Bacon thing. To wingnuts, everything is eventually connected to Benghazi. I mean EVERYTHING!

      • Ryy

        Fast and Furious was due to Bengahzi, I hear

      • bobbert

        Six Degrees of Kevin Benghazi?

  • EatsBabyDingos

    I'd watch Susan Rice in a flash mob, regardless of what she was flashing.

    • HempDogbane

      "Flash mob": "What's a guy gotta do to get flashed around here?"

    • Tommy1733

      I thought flash mobs were gangs of modern dancers who arrange whimsical performances to the delighted surprise of the other subway riders? I don't think those terrorists even know how to dance.

  • John McCain's vetting qualifications are only second to his ability to land jet planes.

    • 1stNewtontheMoon

      McDonnell Douglas LIBEL!!1!!1!

      • CalvinsChoice

        He can land them. Just not always in the right place. And not always manned.

        • bobbert

          Yeah, they always come down eventually.

        • Negropolis

          If that's landing a plane, I could land a plane.

    • arduinohacker

      Now now, only the last three were jets.

  • coolhandnuke

    Is Walnuts even slightly aware that the election is over and he can stop with the uber-concern-trolling?

    • MegPasadena

      The election is never over for Walnut. He still can't get over the fact that Bamz beat him in '08.

  • le petit mort

    Talk about vegetable(s) on Rice.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Vegetables that were overdone in the first place and are now beginning to develop mold and other distasteful elements. Shut up, Walnuts! Just shut up!

  • Charles Keating
    Sarah Palin
    "I will suspend my campaign to save the economy which I know nothing about"
    "Hey, I'm going to make a low and slow pass over a heavily defended target we just bombed. It's not like I'm going to lose five and a half years of my life in a prison camp or something."

    • Blueb4sinrise

      Oughta be a law against putting so much FAIL in one comment.
      What's left?
      Don't know which house is which?

      • HogeyeGrex
      • Anne_Athema

        Gorilla rape jokes. Jesus, don't forget those.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    “Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said.

    How many dead sailors on the flight deck of the USS Forrestal?

    • lulzmonger


  • HRH_Maddie

    What's the difference between Susan Rice and a pitbull in lipstick? A Rhodes scholarship and an Oxford education.

    John McCain is a mean, bitter old man.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Why do people keep asking this irrelevant old creep what he thinks?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Because her Griftiness didn't answer the phone?

    • For the same reason they ask Bill O'Reily and Pat Robertson questions. For some absurd reason we peoples seem to think flatulent olde men must be smart. Maybe its a reptilian brain thingy, that to get to live to be an olde man, and not get squished by a mammoth or eaten by a saber toothed kitty, you had to be smart.

      / fluffs his gray horseshoe haircut, drools on his shirt, and heads off to chair a meeting with his fly at half-staff.

    • Lot_49

      Because he's always available for an interview. Because he can't stand being irrelevant and being on teevee gives him the illusion that he still is. Because Arizona is a special state where people can carry loaded weapons in the open without a permit and the sun fries peoples' brains. Because he doesn't really live there. Because he doesn't like the way he was portrayed by Ed Harris in "Game Change."

      • Wadisay

        Also, he spends his weekends in DC, because he and Cindy can't stand each other, and besides she is busy cougaring some guy who looks like Michael Bolton, pre-haircut. I also suspect no one will let him near an airplane any more, too.

    • Esteev

      That' what I keep asking about Gingrich.

      • Beowoof

        Newt showed up on the Today show yesterday to talk about Petreaus. I thought finally they got to a topic Newt knows well.

        • Esteev

          "When I cheated on my wife, I had a good reason: she had cancer," Gingrich didn't say.

      • Veritas78

        He was not ashamed of being the "go-to" guy for adultery stories—he was just happy for the attention.

  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    Sen. McWalnuts "View from the Flight Deck" : I see sheets of flame in my rearview mirror. Could be I set the deck on fire. Could be my campaign for president. Could be my reputation.

  • Katydid

    Today we are all not very bright ambassadors

  • BaldarTFlagass

    The right believes that the US has all that fancy tracking shit like in the Jason Bourne movies and Enemy of the State and that new Bond film. It's just movies, people.

  • NDeeeZ

    Asked which CIA briefings she read, Susan Rice responded, "All of them."

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Meh, I'm still chuckling about the Town Car I saw this morning with a "CLERGY" sticker in the rear window and a bumper sticker that said "Obama Nation? ABOMINATION!", like voting for Obama was like licking Dick Morris' sweaty, salt & vinegar-flavored toes

    • That preacher's camel may get stuck in the eyes with a needle, or something.

    • i_AM_ready

      A clergy sticker? Do they still have those? Like some cop is going to let you park by a fire hydrant because you're doing critically important mumbo-jumbo blessings on a sick person and don't have TIME to park legally?

      BTW I hope you keyed the car or something.

    • malsperanza

      That's OK, I saw a bumper sticker this morning that took care of your bumper sticker:

      Partnership for an Idiot Free America

      There was also an Obama sticker on the car. Sadly, no clergy sticker, though.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Has anyone told Walnuts that the GOP lost the election, and that Benghazi is no longer an issue outside of the Fucks Gnus echo chamber?

    • BadKitty904

      Also, Japan surrendered, the Kaiser has been deposed, etc., etc.

    • Esteev

      Why are they still blathering on about Benghazi!? Hasn't the esteemed car thief, Darrel Issa, done enough damage?

      But seriously, on, folks are pissed that we know more about the Petraeus affair than Benghazi. As if they are remotely equitable.

  • Lucidamente1

    Bonus points: Lindsey Graham is joining Walnuts in opposing a possible Susan Rice nomination. You know why that is?

    • freakishlywrong

      Lindsey wants it so bad. Why, however, is beyond me.

    • eggsacklywright

      Personally, I prefer Basmati rice.

    • 1stNewtontheMoon

      Lindsey's lifelong crusade against women?

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Because she's twice the man he'll ever be?

    • Anne_Athema

      Because Lindsey has long- lusted after Ol' Walnuts, and dreams that love will no longer be unrequited?

  • coolhandnuke

    If Walnuts doesn't shut his mushy cakehole, I'm going to tell his Jeep driving wife that he didn't vote in the election.

  • FiscalClifford

    Surprising, because I'd always heard Walnuts and Rice were pretty good together.

    • tessiee

      Upfisted for your screen name and avatar.

      • bobbert

        Indeed, although I await hearing from BSFD.

  • Lucidamente1

    But what does Joe Lieberman think about this?

    • Oblios_Cap

      And Miss Lindsey?

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    Wasn't he the first person to call Barry an American? Clearly his judgment is wanting.

  • smellypossum

    Palin 2016!

    Now THAT would be fun! Even more fun that Perry/Newt/Santorum/Mittens clusterfuckathon from 2012.

    (Sadly, I know people who STILL think Palin was a viable choice for VP and would likely vote for her as prez. Those people are in Texas… so, secede already!)

    • NorthStarSpanx

      You forgot Herb Cain.

  • freakishlywrong

    So do you think they'll even wait until after the Lame Duck to launch impeachment hearings?

    • WhatTheHolyHeck

      If by launch you mean "set on fire" and by "impeachment hearings" you mean "a cross on the White House lawn", then no. They'll start right away.

  • Lucidamente1

    Just tell Walnuts it's Condoleezza Rice; he'll never know the difference.

  • “Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said.

    Can somebody please remind me how many dead Americans it took for Condoleezza Rice to get the McCain stamp of approval in '05?

    • snowpointsecret

      All of them, Katrina.

      (Okay I just really wanted to use that line)

  • Lot_49

    Four dead Americans = FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALAN!

  • proudgrampa

    (proudgrampa takes a deep breath, lets it out slowly)

    Senator, thank you for your service to our country, but you need to retire because you are AN IRRELEVANT OLD FART!!!!!

    • And an upfisting hug from a fellow olde fart on that post!

  • Jeez Republicans, stop trying to make Benghazi happen. I haven't seen something fail to get this much traction since my Dad's AMC Matador going up Mt Washington.

    • mbatch

      Every time they talk about a "special commission" on Bengazi, they mention Watergate. Or Watergate and Iran/Contra. It's basically payback time for all that nastiness the Dems put the Rethugs through thirty years ago.

      • this is exactly what i think.

        the thing is, they don't have dem debacles to throw out as an example.

  • Tealiban

    Well gosh isn't that just like if *theoretically* Tagg Romney started a private equity firm with his dad's rich investor buddies that's sole purpose was to extract as much in government subsides as possible? Oh wait this is the Grifter Old Party after all…

  • docterry6973

    I wish some reporter would ask him that some time.

    'Wasn't it you, Sen. McCain, who judged that Sarah Palin would be an exemplary candidate for Vice-President?' Do you stand by that judgment?

    • BadKitty904

      "And why, exactly, do you have an onion on your belt?"

  • Sarah Palin never said "NO" to Rice.

    • 1stNewtontheMoon


    • nonbeliever7

      Brown Rice is better for you.

  • Oblios_Cap

    If I had married a beer hieress, I would doing my part to drink up the kids' inheritance. McCain's an idiot.

  • John McCain stares on Sarah Palin's Butt

    How is noted spotter of talent Senator John McCain…

    Did you there, see did I.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Oh, just shut up, old man.

  • bikerlaureate

    We’re all responsible for what we say and what we do.

    Okay, unleasher-of-the-Palin.

    Would that include doubling down on an inaccurate summary of what Rice actually said?

  • Here is hoping that Reid shows some balls next year and takes the Senate's filbertbluster rule out behind the Capitol and terminate it with extreme prejudice. Or at least make the Repelicans squawk 24/7 forever and ever with no potty breaks to do it.

    • GeorgiaBurning

      Effectively limiting filibusters to forty minutes, when you consider the age and gender of the typical Repub senator.

      • malsperanza

        I believe what we are seeing from the GOP – on Benghazi, Kenyan birth certificate, revenge voting, Muslim Rev. Bill Ayers, blue dress, terrorist fist bump, and so on – IS the GOP filibuster. They've been filbing for 4 solid years now, natternatternatter, and show no sign of losing steam. Hey, if it makes them happy I'm cool wif it, as long as they keep confusing Fox & Friends for the floor of the Senate.

  • not that Dewey

    In what respect, Johnny?

  • LibrarianX

    Is Walnuts producing Lou Sarah's new workout video?

    • jcinco

      you mean "How to get fit in two weeks tweaking and guzzling red bulls", that video?

  • rickmaci

    Fuck'em. Nominate Bill Clinton for SOS and dare them to make a stink.

    • Isyaignert

      Bill Clinton as SOS is a great idea! Everybody around the world luvs him.

  • Benghazi — hmm — is that the Benghazi where the GOP jumped on the Obama administration for doing something horribly wrong before they knew any of the facts and whenever any new information came out about it they would say it was further evidence of the Obama administration doing something horribly wrong regardless of whether the evidence advanced that story or not? And then when the facts became clear they accused the Obama administration of a coverup because they didn't know all the facts immediately? That Benghazi? Okay, then fuck you, John McCain.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    I suppose, in a sense, McCain has become an expert at recognizing incompetence.

    • Isyaignert

      I thought you first wrote "incontinent" and that reminded me of a joke – Reporter to Sen. McCain – "Boxers or briefs?" McCain – "Depends."

    • Wadisay

      This is good news for John McCain.

  • Don't fear the grifter, Wonketteers!
    You CAN watch the video!
    Julie Andrews (almost) drowns out the Palin!

  • elgin_pelican

    Fucker still has that football I accidentally kicked over the fence. It is NOT yours, you can't keep it!

  • TribecaMike

    "Benghazi? Oh, I thought you said Ben Casey. Why doesn't TV Land ever show that?"

  • “Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said.

    …says the man involved in the yet-fully-unexplained Forrestal fire…

  • calliecallie

    A flash mob? Was Howie Mandel in charge? This is all starting to make sense to me now.

  • BadKitty904

    That might be worth it, just to watch various heads explode.

  • nounverb911

    “Because it was four dead Americans,” McCain said.
    How many did you kill when you set the Forrestal on fire, John?

    • lulzmonger

      Benghazi + 130.

      Or 32.5 X Benghazi, if you prefer.

  • LibertyLover

    “Anyone who goes on national television and in defiance of the facts…."

    How many times has Sen. McCain gone on national television in defiance of the facts, again?

    • bobbert


  • BarackMyWorld

    To be fair, when has knowing what you were talking bout been a prerequisite for senators to make public statements?

  • DixvilleCrotch

    I love the fucking trollops they serve at Legal's, simply grilled, with a lemon wedge. That'll be my lunch stop today.

    Wait what were we talking about?

  • JustPixelz

    "Four Americans killed … not very bright."

    Not to mention 3000 killed on another 9/11.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    ♫ Old Man take a look at my life
    I ain't at all like you
    You need someone to quote you
    The whole day through.
    Ah, one look in your eyes
    And we can tell you're through ♪

  • Slim_Pickins

    Why didn't John McCain personally lead an air strike on Benghazi? Washington would have.

  • JustPixelz

    This reminds of the time Shirley Sherrod had to resign from the Agriculture Department after she gave a heartwarming speech about how she overcame an impulse to treat white farmers unfavorably because of past racism in the South. But Andrew Brietbart edited that down to "I hate whitey" or something like that. Oh the outrage on Fux News.

    Besides the identical faux outrage, both Sherrod and Rice are blah. Also female and not Mia Love.

  • McCain like all loyal republicans has left the reality-based paradigm. What Rice actually said is irrelevant. His gut feeling about her is much more important.

  • Pithaughn

    yes of course, one the few guests on Colbert that are his equal in the speaking english good dept. is not very bright. As per almost all old white guys, if you disagree with me you are dumb or maybe even dumberd.

  • MLite

    Someone has to say it: WALNUTS!

  • DahBoner

    four dead Americans

    Shit, that's nothing Johnnie.

    John McCain had the common sense to vote for FOUR THOUSAND DEAD AMERICANS back in Ought Two:

  • ttommyunger

    "…and believe me, I know 'not qualified' when I see it."

    • lulzmonger

      "…and believe me, I know 'not qualified' when I see try to put it a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch-codes."

      Fixed For Extra Fun!

      • ttommyunger


  • Naked_Bunny

    it was obvious this was not a, quote ‘flash mob.’

    To be fair, Republicans are experts on faux "grassroots" political movements.

  • Isyaignert

    My favorite version of that video –

  • mustangsavvy

    "McCain said that was irrelevant." – to describe his 2008 presidential bid and VP pick.

  • 69WideStance

    Several probably unrelated facts: Petraeus' last email leak was in March 2010, when he inadvertently disclosed his communications with neocon Max Boot about shoring up Petraeus' pro-Israel credentials. Under Clinton, Chris Stevens (later killed in Benghazi) led an effort to shore up U.S.-Iran relations. The release of the ridiculous Prophet video, and the Benghazi operation, occurred when Israel was looking for pre-election reason to force Obama to support a strike on Iran. The Prophet video that fomented the protests was supposedly created by Israeli Sam Bacile. Jill Kelley is Lebanese Maronite Christian.

    • Negropolis


  • Tommmcatt_Again

    John, it's called a rest home. They have cable TV and everything.

  • Joey_Blau

    again with the McCain!! make it stop mommy! make it stop!

  • MegPasadena

    Is "not very bright" some kind of dog whistle?
    The Repubs used it on President Obama a lot as well.

  • TheGyrus

    "Four dead Americans" is the new "five-and-half years".

  • NW_Pinko

    Finish the dang fence!

  • johnthorpe

    This is good news for John McCain

  • BZ1

    McCain said something relevant? hardly likely, he's just another blustering old fool on the backside of history.

  • cybermoe

    Please proceed McCain.

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