Susan Rice to meet with GOP critics on Capitol Hill tomorrow

posted at 9:16 pm on November 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Pure theater, but smart politics.

On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain says he’ll sit down face to face in a secure room at the Capital with Susan Rice, the woman he had previously vowed to oppose if she’s nominated as the next secretary of state. In an interview, McCain told The Daily Beast that Rice herself requested the meeting after McCain made several statements suggesting she misled the American people about the Benghazi attacks when she went on several Sunday talk shows on September 16, five days after the assault. On those shows, Rice said U.S. intelligence believed the Benghazi attack was not a planned act of terror, but instead a demonstration that got out of hand.

“If someone wants to come and see me, it would be improper for me to say, ‘No, I won’t meet with you,’” McCain said in an interview. “I will meet with you and hear your version of events why you went out and told the American people false information.’”

If McCain really did mean to block her nomination as Secretary of State rather than simply to hassle Obama, he sure picked a goofy way of doing it. O’s just been reelected, Democrats have picked up seats in the Senate, and here’s his old vanquished 2008 opponent practically daring him to nominate Rice? And Obama’s supposed to back down? C’mon. Even if he were inclined to retreat, at this point he’d get more of a fight from the left if he caved than from the GOP if he followed through. He thinks he can get Rice confirmed and I’m thinking Maverick thinks so too, which is why he toned things down a bit yesterday. (See below.) He doesn’t want to invest more political capital in strident opposition, especially with Rice now making a show of seeming reasonable and conciliatory by reaching out to him, Graham, and Ayotte, so he’s going to hear her out. Should be some meeting: Rice attacked him on foreign policy repeatedly during the ’08 campaign as a surrogate of O, which may or may not be fueling some of McCain’s antagonism now. But if he’s decided, whether independently or because McConnell’s leaning on him, that filibustering Rice’s nomination would backfire on the party, this may be the fig leaf he needs to avoid it. “I’m voting no, but because she was forthright in meeting with me, I won’t block her confirmation,” etc. He’ll enjoy his floor speech before the final vote, at least.

Actually, I’m more interested in seeing what comes of this. Exit quotation from Eli Lake’s piece linked above:

McCain isn’t the only Republican pursuing the Benghazi line. In a letter sent Monday and reviewed by The Daily Beast, Rep. Darryl Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on National Security, asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to explain why it took so long to send U.S. military assistance to Libya after the attacks began.


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Who ordered the “stand down”…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The soft bigotry of lower(ed) expectations.

McCain has really goofed here. I don’t think Rice is the real culpable party here. She was just following the White House line. Sure, you can hold her accountable for that – allowing herself to be used – but that misses the larger issues.

SteveMG on November 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain says he’ll sit down face to face in a secure room at the Capital with Susan Rice

Give me a break. Put her under oath in front of the panel holding the Benghazi hearings.

JPeterman on November 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

The first sign right there that over the ext 4 years the GOP will capitulate to EVERYTHING that Obama wants.

Warner Todd Huston on November 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Shock, McCain proves to be the left’s useful idiot for the millionth time.

John_Locke on November 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Will she lie under oath?
And McCain? He’s like salt Peter to any party growth.
And, you still let him speak for you. He’s your party’s Chuck Schumer. Loves the microphone.

BedBug on November 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

RIP HER TO SHREDS!!!

GhoulAid on November 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Gee, I hope the lying b*tch brings donuts.

Pork-Chop on November 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

No justice, no peace. Put her under oath.

Philly on November 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

In 2008, Susan Rice was the Stephanie Cutter in Obama’s campaign.
Sheiks loyal to Foxx’s Tin god.

BedBug on November 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

In 2008, Susan Rice was the Stephanie Cutter in Obama’s campaign.

BedBug on November 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

They are both professional liars.

JPeterman on November 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

They will, of course, be completely smitten with her by the end of the meeting and will be telling everyone they see no reason why she shouldn’t be immediately confirmed. No need to even vote on it.

CurtZHP on November 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

If Liar Rice is not confirmed as S.O.S., Meghan McCain has threatened to leave the Republican Party.

Pork-Chop on November 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Is anyone in the administration going to be held accountable for any of the American bodies that are piling up? Fast and Furious or Benghazi? Not only does nobody take responsibility but they openly mock the idea of it by elevating the symbols of the obstruction. Now I don’t know if it’s fair for her to take the blame but if not then we need to know who should before we promote her or anyone else in the administration. Why is this complicated?

MechanicalBill on November 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Meghan McCain has threatened to leave the Republican Party.

I’d probably open my home to illegal Mexicans if she would promise to just go away.

MechanicalBill on November 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Is there ANYONE, ANYONE that is not a liar in Washington, D.C.?

….ALL HAIL AMERICA’S RULING CLASS.

If you don’t think the gop is completely DEAD as a national party look who the republican ruling class is foisting upon the serfs in the party now as the “next in line”…….JEB BUSH for 2016.

DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.

Flee the corpse Hot Airians, it is NOT coming back to life. We now have one party rule in the United States. You wait until tens of millions more Americans get on that Federal teat called ObamaCare. You think they will EVER vote for a politician that threatens to take that candy away? We just saw a preview of it this past November 6th.

You honestly believe JEB BUSH is the answer to what ails the gop?

PappyD61 on November 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

GOP senate critic;

I’m not ging to vote for her for Sect. of state
I’m telling you I’m not going to vote for her for Sect. of state
I’m absolutely not voting for her for Sect of state

When’s the vote I have to vote for our new Sect. of State susan Rice!

Danielvito on November 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Meghan McCain has threatened to leave the Republican Party burn her stash of Twinkie boxes on live television.

GhoulAid on November 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Rice is either a pathological liar or very stupid as only an idiot would have believed it was all just a carried away protest over a video saying true things about the POS Mohammed, even if that’s what the dummy was told. McCain is just an exhibitionist and impotent.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Sen. John McCain

Leader of the Pole Dancing republican Caucus.

Gets on the pole for the media (slams anything truly conservative) and the media puts a $10 in his thong. If he were to blast someone that opposes Obama (like Bachmann when she was going after Huma Abedin and her ties to the Muzzie Brohood) they will put some $20′s in there. He knows what it takes to get the media to cheer and he is strutting with Benghazi as his theme music.

Senator Graham is on a pole just off center stage, and now Saxby Chambliss and Corker are on another side stage working to their “TAX pledge” tune. The media is howling their approval.

#ughfilthypolitics #nothingnew #sameresult #permanentminoritystatus
#gopdead

PappyD61 on November 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Jeb Bush, George H Bush, George W Bush, George P Bush, Prescott Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, Dorthy Bush, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, samuel Bush…

Can’t we just get along and vote for Susan Rice

Karl Rove to the bushie’s- I’ve poll tested it good move

DICK morris- Backing Rice is a good move for conservatives

Dana perino- I’ll give you the PR

Fox New- lead- in a move for bi partisanship the Bushie’s back rice

The conservatives, as usual left holding the bag

Danielvito on November 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

…the “next in line”……. JEB BUSH for 2016.

PappyD61 on November 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Yep. I can’t even believe that Jeb Bush’s name is being bandied about – the idea is revolting – and insulting.

Pork-Chop on November 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Hear her out. If she gets nominated, put her under oath and start asking lots of questions, and see what crawls out from under the rocks. Then kick it over to the House to ask some more questions relating to Benghazi.

Jill1066 on November 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I was going to ask what Utopia looks like but…

I think I already know..

Electrongod on November 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Then kick it over to the House to ask some more questions relating to Benghazi.

Jill1066 on November 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Only have to be confirmed by Senate, not the House. She will lie / not answer questions about Benghazi under oath … Dems will be in charge and cut off tough lines of questioning… if she makes it that far, she’s SOS… and she will be

Timin203 on November 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Besides Van Jones and Barack Obama, there’s not a bigger America-hater than Susan Rice, so a perfect fit she is. She is the walking wet dream of our foreign enemies and adversaries, a nightmare for our allies, so few they now be.

As the CIA and DOD were diminished under Hillary, the will be subsumed under Rice. She is Obama in a skirt and high heels, a clone.

At some point, God’s got to intervene in this mess …

TXUS on November 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Pure “Race” Theater as the dummy dems will say when it’s all said and done!
Here’s come Obama, the God, to the rescue!

Kini on November 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

So which Senator is going lay down the rose pestles and who will lay out the red carpet, when they come out of the meeting to do some royal butt kissing and prostrating before the future Secretary of State.

tjexcite on November 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

“If someone wants to come and see me, it would be improper for me to say, ‘No, I won’t meet with you,’” McCain said

It makes you feel powerful.

faraway on November 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Greta is interviewing Lindsey Graham about Benghazi and the Susan Rice meeting tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

Philly on November 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Just disband Congress and get it over with.

We only have a veneer of the Republic now as it is. Just do a Morsi and declare yourself President for Life, or Hells Bells, just declare yourself GOD and order the temple to be built in Jerusalem so you can be crowned king of the World. 99.9999% of the Black community will support it. 75% of Hispanics will probably support it. 80% of Democrats would go for it.

That only leaves a minority of whiners like us that wouldn’t go along with the media firestorm of those that didn’t bow down and allow Obama “to just do what needed to be done.”

All hail the new God of America. Above it all, standing there for us to shower him with praise. He is worthy, ever so worthy.

This is of course sarcasm, but it’s already headed in this direction.

#godhelpus

PappyD61 on November 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Susan Rice is not the Benghazi problem. Obama is the Benghazi problem. Focus on Obama.

petefrt on November 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I think you can save a lot of typing and just put “republicans cave” in all the posts from here on out, what a worthless bunch.

clearbluesky on November 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

“If someone wants to come and see me, it would be improper for me to say, ‘No, I won’t meet with you,’” McCain said

Well, Senator, I want to come see you. And, Sir, for all you have done to take this country into oblivion over the last 30 years, I will make Charlie, your former hoteliers, look like the characters on Sesame Street. I appreciate your service to our country while in uniform, but I detest you from the day you entered the Senate. You have done more damage to this country in your latter role than Charlie could possibly have done to us in your former one.

TXUS on November 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I think you can save a lot of typing and just put “republicans cave” in all the posts from here on out, what a worthless bunch.

clearbluesky on November 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Yep, I’ve tried to “moderate” for the last dozen years. Now I’ sick of it. It does not pay.

Go rogue. Let it burn.

petefrt on November 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Caving on all fronts. This country is over.

sbvft contributor on November 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Well, Senator, I want to come see you. And, Sir, for all you have done to take this country into oblivion over the last 30 years, I will make Charlie, your former hoteliers, look like the characters on Sesame Street. I appreciate your service to our country while in uniform, but I detest you from the day you entered the Senate. You have done more damage to this country in your latter role than Charlie could possibly have done to us in your former one.

TXUS on November 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Dude, my bad vibes went all the way to Texas. I’m cooking dinner, doing tasks and not more than twenty minutes ago was thinking that McCain is a threat to America in so many ways. He thinks he is so reasonable, a deep thinker. In reality he is a Type A-hole little prik.

arnold ziffel on November 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Look who else showed up on The Hill today.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/334085/jeb-bush-meets-former-aides-near-white-house-robert-costa

Philly on November 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Will someone please alert me when the GOP actually does something conservative? Thanks.

Mr. Arrogant on November 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Dude, my bad vibes went all the way to Texas. I’m cooking dinner, doing tasks and not more than twenty minutes ago was thinking that McCain is a threat to America in so many ways. He thinks he is so reasonable, a deep thinker. In reality he is a Type A-hole little prik.

arnold ziffel on November 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

No, not just a pri*k, but a guy who took an incredible personal story, including real courage and honor as a POW, and used (or pissed it away) to elevate himself, and only himself, the nation be damned. History is strewn with such characters, but McCain has taken self-adulation and personal retailing to a whole new level. And, the worse part, in so doing he dishonors the real heroes of our day, something that I’m sure never crosses his mind. A pathetic man anymore. Sad.

TXUS on November 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

But if he’s decided, whether independently or because McConnell’s leaning on him, that filibustering Rice’s nomination would backfire on the party, this may be the fig leaf he needs to avoid it. “I’m voting no, but because she was forthright in meeting with me, I won’t block her confirmation,” etc. He’ll enjoy his floor speech before the final vote, at least.

The only way to get to Obama is through Rice. The GOP has absolutely nothing to lose by grilling her over her lies and much to lose if they back down.

Benghazi is about as transparently open and black and white as a scandal can be. Obama should not be allowed to skate without a fight.

Basilsbest on November 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Meh. How is Susan Rice any worse a choice than, say, Jawn F’in Kerry (who served in Viet Nam)? It’s gonna be a BOHICA experience, regardless of who Barky picks. Elections have (bad) consequences.

bofh on November 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Susan Rice to meet with GOP critics on Capitol Hill tomorrow

…and they will cave!

KOOLAID2 on November 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM

The RNC is dead to me.

disa on November 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

You guys are funny :)

Benghazi Derangement Syndrome is alive and well at Hot Air.

bileduct on November 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM

The Ambassador to Libya died because the Administration betrayed and abandoned him.

No biggie.

Let’s chat.

America died because the GOP became slime-sucking eunuchs who are betraying and abandoning her.

profitsbeard on November 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM

McCain probably won’t pull away that football, again.

Kenosha Kid on November 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

The lesson is when Republicans get indignant about any issue expect total capitulation within a matter of days. I won’t be wasting my time on them or this crap anymore.

echosyst on November 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Since rice knew nothing about benghazi, as the pres claimed, how does mccain expect to get any straight (objectively true) answers?

AltTuning on November 27, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Don’t get sidetracked by the Susan Rice sideshow. Who told her to go out and say it. Why was Obama trying to lie to the American people about Benghazi. Susan Rice was not some low level flunky. She works directly for the President. Susan Rice herself has never been the issue. The issue is the Benghazi scandal and coverup.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM

You guys are funny :)

Benghazi Derangement Syndrome is alive and well at Hot Air.

bileduct on November 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM

You’re so cute.

Sure, nothing to see here.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

She’s a liar.

Nothing to talk about.

Misha I on November 27, 2012 at 2:31 AM

If Obama wants it he will get it: the RINOS are spineless.

Heck, Romney was spineless for that matter.

At least Rice maintains her physical appearance while Hillary forgot what shampoo looks like.

Get used to this crap, folks.

The voters have spoken.

Sherman1864 on November 27, 2012 at 6:57 AM

They were claiming Obama admitted it was terrorism in the Rose Garden but aren’t they now claiming that Obama had no reason to believe that it was terrorism at that point in the timeline because he wasn’t told anything except that it was a spontaneous attack by some people who were sore about a youtube video? Did they scrap that alibi, now?

Buddahpundit on November 27, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Is anyone in the administration going to be held accountable for any of the American bodies that are piling up?

MechanicalBill on November 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Nope.

justltl on November 27, 2012 at 7:29 AM

I’m really getting sick of the stupid party. They can get 100 members of the House to oppose a nomination they have nothing to do with, yet they can’t find a way to say there’s a lot they don’t know about the circumstances of the Ambassador lying to the American people without sounding like………….Republicans!!!

bflat879 on November 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM

This country is over.

sbvft contributor on November 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Yep.

justltl on November 27, 2012 at 7:42 AM

A tax cheat that is now the head of the Treasury.

Now Obama wants a Sec. State that not only lies to the American People but does it badly.

Notice the adults in charge? Me neither.

ajacksonian on November 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I figure that Baracko Obamalini will appoint OJ to some position of power before this is all over.

justltl on November 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM

You guys are funny :)

Benghazi Derangement Syndrome is alive and well at Hot Air.

bileduct on November 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Funny, you guys gave more press and urgency to Quayle misspelling potato/potatoe than to an Ambassador being killed…what a weir sense of priorities for liberals.

Misspelled word….dead Ambassador…gee, I wonder how Obama ever got elected.

right2bright on November 27, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Will someone please alert me when the GOP actually does something conservative? Thanks.

Mr. Arrogant on November 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Ok, but don’t hold your breath.

dogsoldier on November 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Can some one explain to me why we give a shit what this dumbass said on TV? Obama did nothing to save four Americans. THATS the story. Obama let four Americans die.

Everyone in his administration knew they were in danger. That day Stevens asked for help BEFORE the attack and when the attack happened Emperor Zero yawned and WENT.TO.BED.

Is Haridan Hillary actually qualified to be SoS? Not in your wildest imagination. The socialists have turned our country into a bad joke.

dogsoldier on November 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Repeat after me: Elections have consequences.

Back during the Bush administration, we argued that filibusters of judicial nominees were unconstitutional because the constitution does not require a supermajority for confirmation. We advocated the use of the ‘nuclear option,’ even preferring to refer to it as the ‘constitutional option.’ We called the Democrats obstructionist.

Well, guess what? We lost the election. Now Obama is president and he has a Democrat controlled Senate. And the constitution makes no mention of a supermajority being necessary to confirm cabinet appointments. Presidents get to choose the cabinet members they want, and unless there is something sufficiently bad about them to get members of both parties to come together in opposition, there’s not much that can be done about it.

Face it, folks, Rice is going to be the nominee and she’s going to be confirmed. And if Republicans start filibustering, Reid will do what the Republicans never had the guts to do when Bush was in office — change the rules to eliminate the filibuster.

Once again, folks on our side — “Gang of 14″ anyone? — said “no, let’s not be confrontational, let’s compromise and play nice with the Democrats.” And once again, as soon as the situation was reversed, the Democrats said, “the hell with you, we won, get out of our way.” The GOP will never learn.

Shump on November 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM

She’s flipping them the bird like she did Richard Holbrooke… which genocide will she oversee in the next 4 years like she did for Rwanda?

DANEgerus on November 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Have I missed something? Has President Obama already nominated her or something? With the Mideast basically erupting, I would think she already has important things to do at her present job. You know…US Ambassador to the UN?

Mitoch55 on November 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM