McCain to reporter: ‘That’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.’

posted at 6:16 pm on November 14, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

At a morning press conference that set the standard for today’s testy responses, Sen. John McCain was calling for a select committee to investigate failures in the Benghazi attack when he was asked by a reporter whether he thought Gen. David Petraeus’ extramarital affair and resignation might have been a bigger national security threat than the Benghazi attack and its aftermath.

His response, with great respect, of course:

“Well, I say with great respect, that’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard. Okay? There’s four dead Americans. Four dead Americans. Not a socialite. I’m answering your question. Do you want me to answer your question or do you wanna interrupt? Which do you want? There’s four dead Americans. The lives of other Americans were put in jeopardy,” McCain said. “It’s certainly a national security issues, but it doesn’t rise to the level of four dead Americans.”

McCain was flanked by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who criticized the White House and Ambassador Susan Rice for their actions in Benghazi’s aftermath. Graham followed up on McCain’s response to the reporter, saying it would be part of the committee’s goal to separate the “weird” from the “national security risk.”

In calling for a special select committee to investigate the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said he is increasingly concerned about the potential fallout from the Petraeus affair and any national security implications, including ones linked to the Libya attack.

“The goal of this investigation is to have professional staff that hears everyone testify, the same set of senators who hears everyone testify so we can segregate out the weird from the national security,” Graham said. “And there is beginning to be a national security component to the human failing that I want to know about.”

I wonder why McCain, Graham, and Ayotte didn’t wait until after President Obama’s press conference to announce they’d ask for a select committee. Perhaps they thought they’d push the subject hard to ensure someone would ask about it at today’s presidential press conference, afraid a sycophantic press corps would let it lie. And, really, who can begrudge them that fear? But I might have let the president get pushed on it first before giving the press corps a chance to frame the issue as asking for a response to a Republican attack on Benghazi rather than just answering questions he should have already answered. ABC’s Jon Karl’s question started with “Republicans want to,” but Fox’s Ed Henry got straight down to the matter, riling the president.

A select committee is a special committee appointed usually to investigate a matter that crosses the jurisdictional lines of two or more standing committees. The three cautioned that traditional hearings would “stovepipe” information but a select committee would streamline the process. Congress held select committees to look into everything from pre-Iraq intelligence failures to oil company profits during the George W. Bush years, but McCain highlighted older and more famous examples like Iran Contra and Watergate select committees.

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist. Mother Jones signaled the beginning of this line of attack in October by calling criticism of her a “high-tech lynching,” and the president displayed perhaps more emotion than he’s ever showed in defending her today. You can bet that video is being sent to a micro-targeted list of women voters. Sen. Ayotte was a tad softer in her tone about Rice, while still calling her to account. Others in the party should model their responses on hers:

“You don’t end up on every single major Sunday show without affirmatively putting yourself out there of wanting to carry forward a message on behalf of the administration. I think that there’s a certain responsibility with the current position that she has to ask proper questions about what we did and didn’t know at that point before she affirmatively puts herself out there on every major network to communicate to the American people.”


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Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

guaranteed…every show on msdnc tomorrow will do just that…bash the gop big time…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Not that it really matters, but is it known which of the sycophants asked that stupid question?

And also… Bishop.

bofh on November 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM

wolfie liked ayotte’s response, and took a dig at mccain and graham for not being flexible….

forget petraeus’ testifying tomorrow, the lsm will focus on dear leader defending rice…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

Yes, of course.

Never mind the fact that the GOP under GWB had a black woman as Secretary of State for a 8 full years.

Norwegian on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

John McVain is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, his blustering will go nowhere, just like Fast and Furious went nowhere. 2 dead American LOE’s and 2000 dead Mexican Citizens is even a bigger issue than 4 dead State Department employes.

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I say full speed ahead. What have we got to lose?

ThePrez on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

It’s time the Pubs. started playing hardball with the idiots in the msm. Call them out at every question they ask. Time to play offense. Being nice has gotten our arse handed to us for the past 30 yrs.

they lie on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Political theater…..and by the way Senator McCain….you’re really, really, going to have to pole dance for the media after this one.

While we have this in the White House we’re treated to the prissy little back and forth, I’m offended crapola from two gigantic egos in American Politics (Obama, who is justified in the size of his and McCain who was just another RINO loser/accomplice for the Dems to solidify their power).

#ugh

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Let the obstruction begin!lol
Funny, can’t seem to remember McLaim and Lindsy’s outrage over Condi being nominated when she lied in 2005. “I can only conclude we’re doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness at the outcome of the elections” …said no one in particular at the time.

greataunty on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I’m holding up four broken, gnarly fingers. So which one of these thinks you’re a dope smoking jackass?

DumboTheAvenger on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I wonder why McCain, Graham, and Ayotte didn’t wait until after President Obama’s press conference to announce they’d ask for a select committee.

I wonder why McCain, Graham, and Ayotte didn’t ask for a select committee a month ago…

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

ThePrez on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

with ya there buddy…they’re going to bash anyway, may as well fight…tired of gop trying to be mr nice guy with the dems/lsm

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

What are the chances that Gen. Petraeus will fill in the blanks to a real life Tom Clancy double sooper seekrit plot twist as a double sooper seekrit CIA top spook in this weird tale of murder, sex, cover-up and inter-agency intrigue that brings down a president??

Hey. It could happen…

locomotivebreath1901 on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I thought women Democrats wanted to be treated equally, not sex objects?

Drill and Fill on November 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I wonder why McCain, Graham, and Ayotte didn’t ask for a select committee a month ago…

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

What the hell are you wondering that for? They weren’t about to threaten their master reelection chances, that’s why.

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Norwegian on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

she was national security advisor his first term…colin powell was sos then

but still she was the first black nsa i believe…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM

they lie on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

THIS x100

go for their jugular

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2314

God help us.

Seriously………GOD HELP US SURVIVE this.

Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.” He advised organizers and their disciples to quietly, subtly gain influence within the decision-making ranks of these institutions, and to introduce changes from that platform. This was precisely the tactic of “infiltration” advocated by Lenin and Stalin.[3] As Communist International General Secretary Georgi Dimitroff told the Seventh World Congress of the Comintern in 1935:

“Comrades, you remember the ancient tale of the capture of Troy. Troy was inaccessible to the armies attacking her, thanks to her impregnable walls. And the attacking army, after suffering many sacrifices, was unable to achieve victory until, with the aid of the famous Trojan horse, it managed to penetrate to the very heart of the enemy’s camp.”[4]

Alinsky’s revolution promised that by changing the structure of society’s institutions, it would rid the world of such vices as socio-pathology and criminality. Arguing that these vices were caused not by personal character flaws but rather by external societal influences, Alinsky’s worldview was thoroughly steeped in the socialist left’s collectivist, class-based doctrine of economic determinism. “The radical’s affection for people is not lessened,” said Alinsky, “… when masses of them demonstrate a capacity for brutality, selfishness, hate, greed, avarice, and disloyalty. It is not the people who must be judged but the circumstances that made them that way.”[5] Chief among these circumstances, he said, were “the larcenous pressures of a materialistic society.”[6]

To counter that materialism, Alinsky favored a socialist alternative. He characterized his noble radical (read: “revolutionary”) as a social reformer who “places human rights far above property rights”; who favors “universal, free public education”; who “insists on full employment for economic security” but stipulates also that people’s tasks should “be such as to satisfy the creative desires within all men”; who “will fight conservatives” everywhere; and who “will fight privilege and power, whether it be inherited or acquired,” and “whether it be political or financial or organized creed.”[7]

Alinsky maintained that radicals, finding themselves “adrift in the stormy sea of capitalism,”[8] sought “to advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization.”[9] “They hope for a future,” he said, “where the means of production will be owned by all of the people instead of just a comparative handful.”[10] In short, they wanted socialism.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Hey. It could happen…

locomotivebreath1901 on November 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yea… And Obama could also become a genuine God fearing patriotic American, convert to Christianity and resign his office tomorrow too. In fact… The odds are slightly better of Obama doing all that, then of Gen. Petraeus telling the truth about what really happened in Benghazi and the Whitehouse while it was happening.

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

the lsm is laser focused on the petraeus sex scandal…

geez, the new squirrel

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I thought women Democrats wanted to be treated equally, not sex objects?

Drill and Fill on November 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Obama treats the whole country as a sex object, why women Democrats should be an exception?

Archivarix on November 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

Big surprise, like they wouldn’t be doing that on some other issue if not this one. If they’re gonna sit around cowering because the scumbag party is gonna call them “raaaaacist” or “seeeeexist” every time they open their stinking mouths about something, they might as well give up now and stop wasting our time.

Marxism is for dummies on November 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

That’s a pretty easy smear to respond to. Just ask the Democrat/media complex if they think it’s ok to lie to mislead the country about a terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of 4 Americans, including an ambassador. If they answer yes with a straight face, smack them upside the head.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Never mind the fact that the GOP under GWB had a black woman as Secretary of State for a 8 full years.

You’re right, Colin Powell is a little girl.

But, the point is, that the SecState under Bush-41 was Black:
Colin Powell for four-years;
Condoleezza Rice for four-years.

And the Dems criticized them regularly, but that’s OK, because the Racist Rules don’t apply to Dems, as that party was the home of the KKK.

Another Drew on November 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Dumb answer. Petraeus engaging in conduct which made him susceptible to blackmail is in my opinion a greater threat to national security than 4 dead Americans.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I still love McCain for moments like that.

Little Boomer on November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

OT: I suggest everyone take a moment in their busy schedule each day to mock and burn Axelrod on Twitter.

nitzsche on November 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM

We have to stop parsing our questions and statements on “what the msm will do with them”! we are so far down in this political hellhole, that being polite isn’t going to help. Screw the msm, let them call us the racist, sexist party. Obama BANKS on us doing that- all he has to do is throw out some “outrage” and we all bow down. Really, what else is there to lose?

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

This is one of the most disgraceful chain of event to take place in the country. This president and his cronies should be in front of a judge, a federal one….

Just wait, Sandra Fluke will be taking Rice’s place at the UN.

Tilly on November 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

The twit from Maine, Susan Collins, has already weighed in on the subject of a select committee with her usual intellectual heft:

“I do not see the benefit of creating a brand new committee when we already have the Senate’s chief oversight committee, plus the Intelligence Committee, examining this very important matter.”

- tonight

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

exactamundo

it’s jugular time

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

She and this entire administration, not to mention Obama and Holder, are sexist and racist. The whole damn lot of them.

TXUS on November 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It took since the 2008 campaign to get McCain to full steam.

Swing away, John.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Norwegian on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Wasn’t it only 4 years? I thought Colon Bowell was SOS for 4 too.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Dumb answer. Petraeus engaging in conduct which made him susceptible to blackmail is in my opinion a greater threat to national security than 4 dead Americans.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

.
oh – puhleeze- Blackmail? by whom ? Vladimir? Your watching to many damn movies- starve Hollywood now !

Besides- look how well it turned out for Mr. Clinton and all his peckerdillos…..And besides, we just went through the GD Vagyna campaign – so loosen up a little!! Lay back and enjoy it.

Don’t be a prudy judy……..it not like it was mano y mano jungle sex.

FlaMurph on November 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

This is so off-topic I almost feel like reprimanding myself for it, but, in pondering the topic of Generals, I wondered:

Why is Wesley Clark a Democrat?

And, what’s he up to these days?

He should be over here, with the good guys. My daughter canvassed for him in New Hampshire back in the day and spoke glowingly of him, particularly after he entertained a group of them with an off-the-cuff song and stayed up into the wee hours discussing philosophy. Sort of discombobulated their image of a General, in a good way.

I know. What does this have to do with sex-scandals in the military? I have no idea.

IndieDogg on November 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Dumb answer. Petraeus engaging in conduct which made him susceptible to blackmail is in my opinion a greater threat to national security than 4 dead Americans.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You beclown yourself again, Basilbeast.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Susan Collins? ” No, I don’t see the benefit of creating a brand new committee, I need several weeks of torturing America with my grating, hideous voice, before we move on”.

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Oh look, serial propagandist BigLiar Susan Rice is a black woman who can’t be questioned… like Condi-Skeeza right?

DANEgerus on November 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

the president displayed perhaps more emotion than he’s ever showed in defending her today

Wow. So, he’ll get all choked up and macho defending poor widdle Ambassador Rice against the mean Wepublicans and press, but defending Ambassador Stevens and the Americans who lost their lives at the hands of terrorists-eh, not so much.

Wait, he didn’t realize being President meant making actual decisions and solving real problems and fighting mortal enemies who carried lethal weapons. He thought it was all parties and photo ops and cool planes and vacations.

talkingpoints on November 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Nice to see McCain getting feisty with reporters. But talk is cheap, even in these time. I’m going to wait and see just how far this “special committee” of his goes before I start applauding.

Socratease on November 14, 2012 at 6:52 PM

i thought mccain died? why are we posting about him.

Sarah just gave obama a kick in the behind and you guys keep trying to resuscitate mccain. jeepers.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

So that’s how Ogabe plans to get Rice into the State Department? By using the race card?

Hey … it’ll work for him!

GOP Ayatollahs run like hell from the race card!

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

No.1146 in a long list of stupid questions. Trade ‘em, Collect ‘em with your friends!

SMACKRUNNER on November 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Hmmmm…Fast and Furious? Never heard of it.

See, folks, it’s all working out for ‘em.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Republicans need to drop this Benghazi issue. All we’re doing is creating a wedge issue and giving the democrats a club to hit us over the head with.

/sarc

xblade on November 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

i thought mccain died? why are we posting about him.

Sarah just gave obama a kick in the behind and you guys keep trying to resuscitate mccain. jeepers.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

McRage died long ago – but they buried him a “pet cemetery” built on an old indian burial ground. He arose from the dead – but he looks like sh1t and he’s not “all there” if you catch my drift. ;)

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

oh – puhleeze- Blackmail? by whom ? Vladimir? Your watching to many damn movies- starve Hollywood now !

Besides- look how well it turned out for Mr. Clinton and all his peckerdillos…..And besides, we just went through the GD Vagyna campaign – so loosen up a little!! Lay back and enjoy it.

Don’t be a prudy judy……..it not like it was mano y mano jungle sex.

FlaMurph on November 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I was thinking by Obama. You guys need to read some de Bono.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Rice was all about the company line when it suited their purpose. When the truth of the “terrorist attack” came out poor Susan could only repeat what she’d been per-programmed to say.

This is all getting hot and testy. Time for Barry to invoke Executive Privilege. It worked so well in Fast and Furious.

GarandFan on November 14, 2012 at 7:02 PM

So Rice lies all over the place and when called on it wails like a little girl.

pat on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

i thought mccain died? why are we posting about him.

Sarah just gave obama a kick in the behind and you guys keep trying to resuscitate mccain. jeepers.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Unfortunately, she took a pass on defeating the greatest threat to this country since WWII.

She’s been marginalized by her opponents and herself.

But she makes a great read, FWIW.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

He should have been like that on the 08 campaign trail

Drunk Report on November 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

It’s time the Pubs. started playing hardball with the idiots in the msm. Call them out at every question they ask. Time to play offense. Being nice has gotten our arse handed to us for the past 30 yrs.

they lie on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

.
to a calculated degree, yes, and with the goal of exposing their Pravda double standard bias. But that discourse requires a complete grasp of the situation that is lacking most of the time with Rep elected officials.

Its the “having Israel’s back” kabuki,that goes unchallenged. Ya think Obastard releases an official WH statement on tensions and combat on Israel’s border today- a week after banana Republic 2.0 ? He’ll wait until the dust settles to pick a side.

But Barky has their backs.
Yes he does.

FlaMurph on November 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

So that’s how Ogabe plans to get Rice into the State Department? By using the race card?

Hey … it’ll work for him!

GOP Ayatollahs run like hell from the race card!

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Race and sex. He will wage a continuation of the stupid “Republican war on women” campaign assault. MSNBC will cry “Sexist!” 24/7 (well, 24 hours minus MSNBC’s daily allotment of Dateline shows about prisons) and the Capitol police will be arresting wimmenens in big, fuzzy, Code-Pink-pink vayjayjays everyday until the first blizzard comes along and snatches da feet from the snatches of perpetual victimhood.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

McCain needs to get a democrat senator on board. It’s the only way to keep it going. The democrats won’t care until it starts to affect them. He should target Diane Feinstein.

Also isn’t there one young, curious, Woodward type reporter out there? This is career-making stuff.

One democrat and one reporter to get the ball rolling.

monalisa on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The twit from Maine, Susan Collins, has already weighed in on the subject of a select committee with her usual intellectual heft:

“I do not see the benefit of creating a brand new committee when we already have the Senate’s chief oversight committee, plus the Intelligence Committee, examining this very important matter.”

– tonight

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Thanks for the transcription, because I don’t have eight minutes for her to get through that statement.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

she got shut down by the gope. but, i know what your saying. i felt that i had been let on and betrayed. but it wasn’t her time then. it may not be her time now. yet she remains the purest of all conservatives, with the largest following.

personally i think she should go 3rd party (especially after cantor hid the petraus affair).

i also think she’s planning on running. its her time now.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Neither you nor I know what went on with her family or what death threats, stalkers, etc., they’ve had to deal with. To say she took a pass is to align yourself with the media, Reps, and Dems who love to trash her. She was the only, the only, politician of national stature who took it to Obama for four years. Now we’ll see if McCain, Graham and Ayotte have the guts to stay the course. They may, because McCain and Graham do get riled up over national security. One thing we do know, based on her past record, is that Sarah Palin will keep on swinging. What usually happens to those on failed tickets? They go away. How much more would Barry have encroached during his first term if she hadn’t been there with her “death panels” and pointing out his many foibles and lies?

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist. Mother Jones signaled the beginning of this line of attack in October by calling criticism of her a “high-tech lynching,” and the president displayed perhaps more emotion than he’s ever showed in defending her today. You can bet that video is being sent to a micro-targeted list of women voters. Sen. Ayotte was a tad softer in her tone about Rice, while still calling her to account.

What’s inherently both sexist and corrupt in maligning criticism of Amb. S. Rice is: it’s sexist to WITHHOLD criticism of her statements, performance — “her” — as it is corrupt to AVOID doing so.

Leftwingers just never assume self responsibility for anything they’re responsible for as individuals. It’s always “the criticims” and “critics” OF them who are “bad”, it’s never their responsibility, no criticism is ever “valid.” Because it’s only COnservatives, Republicans, Christians, pro-lifers, people with guns, people who serve in the military, yaddayyaddayadda, it’s only THEM who are “wrong” and should be destroyed if not at least criticized.

IF Rice can’t handle criticism, she shouldn’t be employed. If she didn’t agree with what she was told to do by Obama, then she shouldn’t have done/said what she did/say.

By acting WITH the directives she accepted the directives.

And because she’s a woman is no cause to avoid cricitising her behavior, her actions, her performance, her complicity in deceit.

People on the Left hide behind these “type”castings: “I’m a woman, I’m gay, I’m Black, I’m a Native American, I’m a Hispanic, I’m poor, I’m a teacher, I’m…” to assume they can avoid being individually responsible for the deeds, statements, actions they engage in.

They aren’t without individual responsibility, no one is, regardless of what excuse they use to try to avoid acting responsibly or assuming responsibility when there’s failure.

Rice is responsible, Obama is responsible. I don’t see that Rice was held down and forced to say what she said, and with such “conviction” as she said it, and with what implied bitterness toward any who doubted her, that she did on broadcasts that went around the world. To NOT “criticise” her would be utterly, completely irresponsible.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

But she makes a great read, FWIW.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

She owes us nothing. The GOP, who gave us Romney four years too late, blocked and attacked her at every turn but you knew that.

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Here’s a weird thot. Meybbe the fbi reopened the investigation because rock creek park is a favorite drop point for the KGB. Remember Al Aimes and Robert Hansen (senior FBI agent)? Both double agents used rock creek to pass messages with the KGB. Et tu Paula? Just saying maybe the KGB wanted to get inside DP’s OODA and Paula was their ticket.

AH_C on November 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

she got shut down by the gope. but, i know what your saying. i felt that i had been let on and betrayed. but it wasn’t her time then. it may not be her time now. yet she remains the purest of all conservatives, with the largest following.

personally i think she should go 3rd party (especially after cantor hid the petraus affair).

i also think she’s planning on running. its her time now.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Palin withdrew shortly after a black former NBA basketball player claimed he had a one night stand with her. Sorry cultists, she’s not going to put her family through that.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

first thing on erin burnett’s show
the petraeus sex scandal…forget the actual attack…

cripe…it’s their squirrel for dear leader in spades

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

…and snatches da feet from the snatches of perpetual victimhood.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I see what you did there.

Corporal Tunnel on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I still love McCain for moments like that.

Little Boomer on November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Yep, he’s good for a few minutes a year. Tomorrow he’ll be back on amnesty.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

And, and THESE poor little ladies, nooo, don’t criticize them, it might hurt their feeelings.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Palin withdrew shortly after a black former NBA basketball player claimed he had a one night stand with her. Sorry cultists, she’s not going to put her family through that.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

So where is Mitt Romney on this? Huh? Is he going to come out and press Obama on this? Where was he for four years other than getting ready to run for President?

You can say what you like, but the fact is undeniable that for four years Sarah Palin was the Leader of the Opposition. And that is probably what she will be for the next four years, while the GOP jockeys on behalf of their political ambition.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

If Obama wants to save Rice he will have to throw someone else under the bus. And for all his babble about take it to him, he’ll find someone to blame. Of course he’ll pretend it’s difficult and sad but necessary. Yuck.

Deanna on November 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

2 dead American LOE’s and 2000 dead Mexican Citizens is even a bigger issue than 4 dead State Department employes.

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Jeezus, Mr. Walker. He is going to be instrumental in legalizing millions of our beloved southern neighbors. That other stuff is just not optimal to discuss. ;)

arnold ziffel on November 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Not that it really matters, but is it known which of the sycophants asked that stupid question?

And also… Bishop.

bofh

I would like to know the answer to this as well. my guess? Someone from NBC.

Zaggs on November 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sen. McCain’s response was perfect. He knows the press are pushing the Patreaus scandal as a red herring to protect their boyfriend. To hell with them. The president, vice president, defense secretary, national security director, Valerie Jarrot, and several others sat in the Situation Room and watched Amb Stevens and three others die on sept 11 2012. There is no bigger story right now. Let the hearings begin!

RobertE on November 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

MotherJones should consider this reality:

Why are more women being arrested and sentenced in 2011? One of the theories that has been forwarded is the ‘Masculinity Theory’.

It is generally accepted that men commit more crime than women; a statistic that has led many to look for an explanation for such disparity between the sexes. One explanation has proposed that masculinity and crime are inherently linked, and apparent increases in female offending in recent years has led some to conclude that this must be the result of women’s increased masculinity. Research aimed at identifying this increase has failed to yield consistent results. This study utilised a self-perception measure of masculinity and femininity to explore this idea with four groups of women. A total of ninety-seven violent female offenders, non-violent female offenders, full time mothers and professional women were questioned.

Results found that offenders perceived themselves as possessing significantly more masculine characteristics than non-offenders, and that violent offenders perceived themselves as the most masculine. Specifically, more offenders perceived themselves as glamorous, adventurous and rude, and more violent offenders thought of themselves as aggressive. Perceptions of a ‘typical women’ were also measured in an attempt to measure how different participants viewed themselves from other women. All of our women saw ‘the typical woman’ as more feminine and less masculine than themselves…

The “liberated woman” archtype has become increasingly a person with female gender who adopts male characteristics, which leads, of course, to male behaviors.

Which leads to more women among women acting more like more men among them along with engaging in the liabilities that males do.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

You can say what you like, but the fact is undeniable that for four years Sarah Palin was the Leader of the Opposition. And that is probably what she will be for the next four years, while the GOP jockeys on behalf of their political ambition.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Romney boy basilbad calling us cultists. Good one. We now know why Romney wasn’t out there all along. He just doesn’t have it in him to take it to the dems.

arnold ziffel on November 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

So where is Mitt Romney on this? Huh? Is he going to come out and press Obama on this? Where was he for four years other than getting ready to run for President?

You can say what you like, but the fact is undeniable that for four years Sarah Palin was the Leader of the Opposition. And that is probably what she will be for the next four years, while the GOP jockeys on behalf of their political ambition.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Mitt Romney is 65 years old. He won’t run again. We’ll have to make do without his genius. As I’ve said for 4 years, nobody skewers Obama as well Sarah Palin. That said, she knows she is toxic to the majority and that the corrupt media and the infantile entertainment industry would like nothing more than to go after her and her family. She won’t run again.

Palin showed dreadful judgment with her endorsement of Gingrich and her brain dead call for a brokered convention. Romney showed poor judgment when he did not defend Palin when she was blood libelled over the Phoenix killings. If he had done that and Palin had endorsed him early and then sat back we might be looking at a good man in the White House instead of a con man thug.

The GOP needs to find and new hero and rally around him or her.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

…and snatches da feet from the snatches of perpetual victimhood.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I see what you did there.

Corporal Tunnel on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

In hindsight, I think that it probably should have been:

…and snatches da feet from the snatches of perpetual “victims.”

lol

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

We’ve got to stop walking on egg shells whenever we respond to these fools. Furthermore, if the general population want to live under a Marxist dictatorship then screw them, let them have their wish.

rplat on November 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

MotherJones is also engaged in what they call “slut smearing” or something like that, as to Paula Broadwell.

Broadwell, as everyone by now knows, had an extra-marital affair with General Petraeus and vice-versa.

So MotherJones is blaming *some* women for blaming Broadwell, while some in that group are then blaming Broadwell for her actions and not blaming Petraeus for his.

BOTH Broadwell AND Petraeus are married and both of them, with one another, engaged in the cheat. Thus, they’re both responsible for their own, individual actions.

ONE THING THAT IS ALWAYS MISSED in these ongoing arguments about and among women IS THAT IT’S WOMEN WHO ARE THE “OTHER WOMAN”. IT’s always A WOMAN who is “the other woman” when there’s cheating involved with a married man.

They utterly miss the point that it’s women who have conceded to and engaged in an affair with a married man, no one to very few are ever FORCED into sleeping with married men or one of them. SOME woman at some time consented to such a relationship and in many cases, actually courts such a relationship, makes it known they’re available and willing.

So women DO bear a great responsibility in these issues of character, behavior, actions and who is responsible when their situations are revealed to be unethical, as in Broadwell’s case.

It’s not as if Broadwell never experienced some moment when she could decline the seshual relationship while also working to rearrange a growing emotional intimacy into one that worked ethically for all concerned.

SO she consented to an unethical relationship. SO DID PETRAEUS, yes, but society pretty well grants males LESS CONTROL OVER THEMSELVES in those situations than it expects of women.

I grow weary of hearing griping about “blaming women” when it is women who, just as with men, are responsible for their decisions and actions. But as to “the other woman” hatred shared by many women, they always forget that it’s A WOMAN, WOMEN IN NUMBERS, who consent to such relationships and engage in them.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

cripe…it’s their squirrel for dear leader in spades

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

and eric cantor said he didn’t want to “politicize it”. yeah, why would a politician want to “politicize” something. duh.

makes me sick how the gop has just laid down for obama.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Mitt Romney is 65 years old. He won’t run again. We’ll have to make do without his genius. As I’ve said for 4 years, nobody skewers Obama as well Sarah Palin. That said, she knows she is toxic to the majority and that the corrupt media and the infantile entertainment industry would like nothing more than to go after her and her family. She won’t run again.

Palin showed dreadful judgment with her endorsement of Gingrich and her brain dead call for a brokered convention. Romney showed poor judgment when he did not defend Palin when she was blood libelled over the Phoenix killings. If he had done that and Palin had endorsed him early and then sat back we might be looking at a good man in the White House instead of a con man thug.

The GOP needs to find and new hero and rally around him or her.

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Well said, Basil.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

I marvel at how much time we on the right waste worrying about stuff like this.

The worrywarts on our side need to get it through their skulls: no matter what we do, they will call us racist.

We might as well attack them.

Funny thing about negativity: as much as the left decries it, they use it, all the friggin time.

Why? Simple: IT WORKS.

Quit worrying. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. STOP IT!!!!!

Attack them. When you are on a mountaintop, and the enemy surrounds you, drop every rock, pebble, log and twig, and everything in between on them.

Dresden baby.

It worked for the Alinskyites. It’ll work for us.

avgjo on November 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

have you made your quota of idiotic posts tonite? geez dude, they just keep getting more and more brain dead.

Sarah got more votes than mitt. has that fact sunk in yet?

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

McCain and Graham are up to amnesty.

Which makes them near-rejectable in my view.

HOWEVER, this is one issue and one statement from McCain that I do support and that makes sense.

The clown, Susan Collins, sounds like she jus’ doan hab no strength to haul that there basket o’ washin’…

I mean, talk about refusal to be concerned and snap-to, Collins takes the cake. Or can’t walk to the cake, whatever.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Sarah got more votes than mitt. has that fact sunk in yet?

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

And Obama got more votes than Romney.

And Ellison got more votes than whoever he ran against.

And Rahm Emaneul got more votes than…

Do you see a pattern there?

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Well said, Basil.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

another idiot to the trough. romney a genius? dude, mccain and obama both kicked his butt.

he lost to a frickin community organizer, who will go down in history as the worst president this nation ever had.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

greataunty on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Wow. Not only do you hate Women but you hate Blacks too.

SparkPlug on November 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Do you see a pattern there?

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Sarah was never head of a presidential ticket. She would have won swimmingly except mccain kept tying lead weights around his feet.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

To expect this little from the first half black president, and his entire circus, is the the ultimate form of racism.

Sue me.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The twit from Maine, Susan Collins, has already weighed in on the subject of a select committee with her usual intellectual heft

Seems as if McCain and Graham have decided to dump Collins in favor of Kelly Ayotte as their 3rd musketeer….maybe she’s bitter.

Priscilla on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

‘Toon of the Day: I’m With Stupid

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Laurel and Hardy

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Basilsbest on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Whether or nor he runs again, that doesn’t preclude him speaking out against Obama. And where was he during the last four years, anyway?

Palin never endorsed Gingrich. She was exactly right to keep the primary going. That length of time pulled Romney to the right, and BTW it gave him more stump experience. As for the brokered convention call, only Romney people would call that brain dead.

Poor judgment? Is that what you call not defending Palin after Gabby Gifford was shot? He and all those GOP who didn’t defend her did should be ashamed. They were perfectly willing to let her twist in the wind. That’s not poor judgment. It’s acting in complete self-interest. It’s interesting that you frame it in terms that if he had done so, then he might have been in the WH. How about he should have done so because it was the RIGHT thing to do!!!

We don’t need a hero. We need a leader. We won’t have to “find” him or her either. Because leadership is self-evident.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

have you made your quota of idiotic posts tonite? geez dude, they just keep getting more and more brain dead.

Sarah got more votes than mitt. has that fact sunk in yet?

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

BasilBeast can get kind of “Out there”

Proof:

Mitt lost because of his own shortcomings.
portlandon on November 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Mitt didn’t lose. He’s been a winner his whole life. We lost because of people like you. Mitt did his job. He won Independents by 5%. The bigots and purists didn’t vote.

Basilsbest on November 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM

She is kind of a Romney Worshiper.

Mitt lost the Senate Run against Ted Kennedy

Mitt lost the Presidential Nomination in 2008 to John McCain & Mike Huckabee

Mitt Lost the 2012 Presidential Election.

So Mitt’s score card is: 1 win 3 Losses

Mitt has a 25% political success rate

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Mitt could have run in Utah and had a 100% success rate. Instead he took on “the lion of the Senate” in MA. Logic is not your strong suit.

Basilsbest on November 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Bwaaa haaa haaa!!!

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Call a spade a spade, John. If you’d done this a few years ago, you might be prez.

petefrt on November 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Mitt ran harder than we deserved. He left nothing on the table.

Basilsbest on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Bwaa haaaa haaaa!

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Oh, and everyone get ready for any criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice to be demagogued within an inch of its life as either sexist or racist.

guaranteed…every show on msdnc tomorrow will do just that…bash the gop big time…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Of course, And screw ‘em. Throw it right back in their faces. This crap is darn near worn out, and ripe to be turned back against them.

petefrt on November 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Do you see a pattern there?

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Sarah was never head of a presidential ticket. She would have won swimmingly except mccain kept tying lead weights around his feet.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Here’s the only thing people such as yourself accomplish:

You condemn and harass others on false, insulting claims of them being “bots” or “worshippers” of (at this time, it’s Romney, last few years it was “Bush”) while you engage in the same thing as to Palin.

If anyone here has so much as said one thing that even alluded to not being stone-cold drunk on Palin, you and others ripped them apart and kept at it to the point that it resulted in bad feelings, resentments, disorder, just bad results.

Palin — I believe — is a media personality and not a Presidential candidate. She accomplishes a great deal of EMOTIONAL FERVOR on the behalf of issues by agitating the media and keeping persons, especially, such as yourself, occupied with her as a personality if not icon.

That’s well and good. But I do think you should stop harassing other people for their views and opinions when they are generally where you are on issues as to the Right and are clearly not Liberals. Because as long as you continue USING “Palin” as your cause and icon, you simply generate bad feelings about her. Yes, you do that.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Do you see a pattern there?

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Sarah was never head of a presidential ticket. She would have won swimmingly except mccain kept tying lead weights around his feet.

renalin on November 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Here’s the only thing people such as yourself accomplish:

You condemn and harass others on false, insulting claims of them being “bots” or “worshippers” of (at this time, it’s Romney, last few years it was “Bush”) while you engage in the same thing as to Palin.

If anyone here has so much as said one thing that even alluded to not being stone-cold drunk on Palin, you and others ripped them apart and kept at it to the point that it resulted in bad feelings, resentments, disorder, just bad results.

Palin — I believe — is a media personality and not a Presidential candidate. She accomplishes a great deal of EMOTIONAL FERVOR on the behalf of issues by agitating the media and keeping persons, especially, such as yourself, occupied with her as a personality if not icon.

That’s well and good. But I do think you should stop harassing other people for their views and opinions when they are generally where you are on issues as to the Right and are clearly not Liberals. Because as long as you continue USING “Palin” as your cause and icon, you simply generate bad feelings about her. Yes, you do that.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Same goes for ‘portlandon’ and the handful of others who comment here from the “c-for-p” site and FP.

Keep your views, try to respect the views of others. Basilsbest is a decent person and comments in a polite fashion, does not merit being insulted by you all for any reason.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

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