Video: “Do you care, David? Do you care, David?”

posted at 8:31 am on February 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If I had tried to guess on Saturday which Sunday talk show would get the most contentious, the pairing of John McCain with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet the Press would have come in last on my most-likely list.  After all, this clip starts off by discussing the confirmation of Chuck Hagel, which McCain has already said should take place.  McCain threw a wrench in the plans last week by supporting a hold/filibuster on his former friend and Senate colleague, though, and Gregory wants to know why.  That’s when the fireworks began, as McCain alleged a “massive cover-up” about the White House handling of the Benghazi attack, and Gregory acted as though it was the first time he’s heard of such a claim:

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Gregory then pressed McCain on what the Arizona senator meant by “a massive cover-up.”

“I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?” McCain said. “And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”

“Well, what you said was the cover-up–a cover-up of what?” Gregory asked.

“Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans,” McCain replied. “The information has not been forthcoming. You obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including ‘What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?’”

McCain continued: “Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not? Is it because it interfered with the line ‘Al Qaeda has [been] decimated’?

And ‘everything’s fine in that in that part of the world’? Maybe. We don’t know. But we need the answers. Then we’ll reach conclusions. But we have not received the answers. And that’s a fact.”

The answers we have received haven’t exactly cleared things up, either.  Leon Panetta testified that no one in the White House, from the President down, bothered to keep in touch with him on the night of the attack after an initial briefing at its start.  Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Martin Dempsey knew of the warnings from murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens about the vulnerability of the consulate, and pronounced himself surprised that Hillary Clinton was unaware of them.  The White House hasn’t even offered to make the survivors available for the intelligence committees to get answers.

All of this sounds like a stonewall operation to cover up massive incompetence, which usually would tend to interest journalists.  David Gregory, on the other hand, doesn’t see an issue.  Take that for what it’s worth.

Of course, the same could be said about the other news from this interview:

Earlier, the former Republican presidential nominee said he expects Hagel to be confirmed as defense secretary even though he doesn’t plan to vote for him.

“I don’t believe he is qualified,” McCain said. “But I don’t believe that we should hold up his nomination any further.”

Well, if he’s not qualified, why wouldn’t the Senate hold up his nomination? One could flip McCain’s question to Gregory back on him — “Do you care” that the Department of Defense will be headed by an unqualified appointee, or not?


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Like Slick Willy/Monica Lewinsky, Obama and Shrillary are not going to own up to anything. I’m glad McCain and some others are trying hard to keep this from going away, but in the end I can see no resolution to the matter. These criminals are going to do whatever they want, whenever they want, refuse to cooperate in matters concerning their crimes and incompetence, and basically keep on telling the American people to go to hell.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Well, if he’s not qualified, why wouldn’t the Senate hold up his nomination? One could flip McCain’s question to Gregory back on him — “Do you care” that the Department of Defense will be headed by an unqualified appointee, or not?

What difference does it make?//

It’s John McCain. He’ll side with his Senate buddy. If McCain cared about Benghazi, he would have held Hillary’s feet to the fire.

sauldalinsky on February 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Old/busted:
 

The media’s job is to report on accusations – not make them.
You seem selective as to when to hold them to this.
 
verbaluce on October 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/11/benghazi-obama-lied-media-shied-away/comment-page-1/#comment-6357194

 
New hotness:
 

Maybe it’s not fair to call the GOP obstructionists – because in the end, they never seem to accomplish anything but a delay.
Perpetual whiners lately…but not much else.
I guess it does get McCain, Graham, et al TV time…
 
verbaluce on February 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

rogerb on February 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Well, if he’s not qualified, why wouldn’t the Senate hold up his nomination?

Its one of perspective. GOP and dems can disagree over qualifications. But in Obama’s admin, it doesn’t matter. You can put a smart guy between the idiot and the troops, but there idiot is still there calling all the shots.

Zaggs on February 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Is Hagel an AA appointment? I mean..is he related to JJ junior / senior of Fat Al?

They’re certainly afraid to point out his incompetence, aren’t they?

Twana on February 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I guess it does get McCain, Graham, et al TV time…

verbaluce on February 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I think they’re even closer than Romeo and Juliet–more symbiosis than romance perhaps, but we could save a heck of a lot of time by
by referring to either as McGrahm?

Don L on February 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

It’s John McCain. He’ll side with his Senate buddy. If McCain cared about Benghazi, he would have held Hillary’s feet to the fire.

sauldalinsky on February 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I have to agree with this and also ask the Senator why he would vote to allow the appointment of an incompetent person. No, the precedent should not get an automatic pass on those he nominates. The dems agree with me. Look what they did to Estrada, Bork and others.

So they have no beef with this. Hagel is unfit.

dogsoldier on February 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

On McCain:

Noglas Az. seems its in Az. seems Brian Terry was an Az. citizen at the time that the “Obama/Holder” Fast and Furious gun running operation, seems to many that Bengazie is just one more gun running cover up.

So, if Republican Senator John McCain means bussiness seems he should have never let up on “Fast and Furious”, on what a DEA paid informant was doing st the gun fight, on where the gun is that kille Brian Terry, on what the Gov. of Mexico knew, on if the Mexican Govt. did now know why the hell they are letting their own people get mowed down by the Fast and Furious guns, on why Eric Holder is still the Atty. Gen.

last but not least, what the hell is he doing buddying up with the fake, fraud, liar, false awards and citations rebuilt DD-214, remanufractured Discharge John F. Kerry, commie Democrat.

Looks like he does not care much about Brian Terry to many.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

McCain left out 1 important detail that’s on the “unanswered questions” list.

Congress has asked to speak with the survivors of the Benghazi attack, but so far nobody has seen or heard from ANY of them since the attack.

It was certainly easy enough for Obama and Hillary to pose with the corpses, but somehow the survivors have just disappeared.

Oh well, not like they were American government employees or anything…

hawksruleva on February 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Why didn’t McCain ask Hillary this question?

Redford on February 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Where is Gregor’s clip-on tie?

Sherman1864 on February 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

The media Whores For Obama will not be dissuaded by facts, or reason.

Another Drew on February 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Congress has the power of subpoena, yes? Why have the people in Benghazi that night who were ferried out not subpoenaed? I know the two former Navy Seals cannot be nominated to receive posthumous Medals of Honor, but shouldn’t they receive some formal acknowledgement for the stupendous courage they demonstrated that night?

Texlib on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

He doesn’t care, none of them do. Mccain ran for president against the chosen one and stilll doesn’t get it.

Marcus Aurelius on February 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Benghazi responsible persons list. Where are they now?
It seems to me that we have fewer players and more questions on this. What will ever become of it?

1. Four officials of the State department submit resignations day prior to release of independent panel release. Last heard of 26 December 2012. Never left the State Department never heard of since.
2. General Ham relieved of Command. Retires. Never heard of since.
3. General Petraeus resigned from CIA. Never heard of again.
4. Hillary Clinton Resigns as Sectary State. Not heard from since testimony.
5. Leon Penetta resigned from the Department of defense. Not heard from since testimony.
6. People rescued from the Embassy. Not heard from since.
7. Obama makes no phone call and gets reelected for four more years.

Is their some thing I am missing here?

jpcpt03 on February 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

So, where was that guy 4 1/2 years ago? Damn tri-lats.

S. D. on February 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Could we ask John McCain if he “cares” that an unqualified man is to be put in charge of the Department of Defense?

What exactly is the point of “advise and consent” if the qualifications of the nominee are irrelevant?

Is this man as big an occasional fool as he appears to be or is he just too damned impressed with his self-anointed maverick label?

IndieDogg on February 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Benghazi was a big cover up. The Obama administration knew what was going on before 9/11/12. Libya was a supposed win for Obama. He did not want it to get out that his decision to overthrow Libyan dictatorship was not going as well as he wanted it to.

It was wrong for the President to allow those men to be killed. He could not be bothered because he was campaigning. The American people were blinded by propagandist media. This type of news should have been on the front burner. He did not show leadership.

Portia on February 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Typology of cover-ups
Flat denial
1. Convince the media to bury the story
2. Preemptively distribute false information
3. Claim that the “problem” is minimal
4. Claim faulty memory
5. Claim the accusations are half-truths
6. Claim the critic has no proof
7. Attack the critic’s motive
8. Attack the critic’s character
Withhold or tamper with evidence 
1. Prevent the discovery of evidence
2. Destroy or alter the evidence
3. Make discovery of evidence difficult
4. Create misleading names of individuals and companies to hide funding
5. Lie or commit perjury
6. Block or delay investigations
7. Claim executive privilege
Delayed response to allegation 
1. Deny a restricted definition of wrongdoing (e.g. torture)
2. Limited hang out (i.e., confess to minor charges)
3. Use biased evidence as a defense
4. Claim that the critic’s evidence is biased
5. Select a biased blue ribbon commission or “independent” inquiry
Publicity management 
1. Secretly plant stories in the press
2. Retaliate against hostile media
3. Threaten the press with loss of access
4. Place defensive advertisements
5. Buy out the news source
Damage control 
1. Claim no knowledge of wrongdoing
2. Scapegoats: blame an underling for unauthorized action
3. Fire the person(s) in charge
Reward cover-up participants 
1. Little or no punishment
2. Pardon or commute sentences
3. Promote employees as a reward for cover-up
4. Reemploy the employee after dust clears

jpcpt03 on February 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

David Gregory? Pfft. The dude has two first names, for cripe’s sake.

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Christien on February 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

David wouldn’t even let his guest finish talking after the word “conspiracy” was uttered. Instead, he instantly jumped to defend his boyfriend, Barack. Why is he even talking in the first place? It’s not like he is a real journalist, anyway.

Christien on February 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Sarah Palin
Next.

greataunty on February 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM

A moment of lucidity from McCain. Perhaps someone else can pick up where he left off.

virgo on February 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

jpcpt03 on February 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

A system that I guess has only been perfected since Nixon?

Reagan on up have been pretty good at doing all this. Seems like the main thing you listed is to have the “press” on your side. Even the Libtards in the LSM (grudgingly) seemed to like Reagan.

Unfortunately we’re fresh out of well-known, Conservative actors with union leadership and Democratic Party membership/networking, high popularity with big Blue Dog and indy support, and the experience of governing a huge blue state under their belts.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

David cares more about his hair because he is a fop.

AshleyTKing on February 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

David Gregory, on the other hand, doesn’t see an issue. Take that for what it’s worth.

You’re too kind. Gregory was very obviously just pushing back against the very notion that Obama might be involved in a coverup.

The people who tell us every day what’s going on in the world are partisan hacks trying their best to protect and defend a Democratic president, rather than live up to the reputed ideals of journalism. When people talk about the Obama coverup of Benghazi, they rouse themselves to try to paint that as lunatic extremism.

It’s not that they don’t ask political leaders hard questions. It’s just that the only political leaders who get hard questions are the ones who don’t worship at the feet of Obama. Those people, they’ll interrogate. Obama? He gets the kid glove treatment.

Understand that, and you’ll understand the bile and loathing of Sarah Palin. She dared to mock Obama as an empty suit standing amid styrofoam Greek pillars. She had to be destroyed!!

And anyone else who is effective against Obama will get the same treatment.

McCain did good on this segment, but it would have been better if he had asked Gregory why exactly the president was still trying to blame it all on a video 10 days after the attack. There’s no answer for that, and Gregory would have been sputtering with impotent fury.

tom on February 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

I’m totally shocked the FBI, CIA, Congress are not doing a thing while our Country collapses. So much corruption along with a media that’s a religion unto themselves.

mixplix on February 19, 2013 at 5:16 AM

jpcpt03 on February 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM
typology of coverups.

Thanks very much great stuff.

rodguy911 on February 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

TWO PARTY EVIL MONEY CULT IN WASHINGTON D.C. ENABLED BY THE GNN.

*Goebbles News Networks*

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

mixplix

Just might be the same CIA that was running drugs out of Laos/Cambodia from 1964 to ,,,, mabey now, for sure to 1972.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Well, if he’s not qualified, why wouldn’t the Senate hold up his nomination?

Must I spell it out for you? McCain said HE doesn’t believe Hagel is qualified. The rest of the senate doesn’t share that belief. McCain is not about to make enemies with his colleagues when he knows he’s in the minority. He got it on the record that he doesn’t believe Hagel is qualified. He’s made his point. And he also knows he’s outnumbered. He knows when to drop it.

RMCS_USN on February 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The men at the Alamo knew they were outnumbered they did not drop it.

The people of Goliad knew they were outnumbered they did not hand over the cannon, “Come and Take It”.

On McCain, yes he was in a POW camp, yes he suffered.

That was not a get out of personal responsibility life time deal.

He lust for “amnesty”, the open borders got Brian Terry killed.

The “Fast and Furious” operation told us all that Obama is a liar and a fraud.

McCain and the whole of the Republican Party to include Mitt Romney should have never let that go.

Once you know a guy is a two bit punk liar bullshitting con man who is evil to his core, you do not

LET IT GO

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Typology of cover-ups

Wish I had written this but it comes from “Wikipedia, Cover-up“. I trimmed it a bit to make it fit.

jpcpt03 on February 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM

If I had tried to guess on Saturday which Sunday talk show would get the most contentious, the pairing of John McCain with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet the Press would have come in last on my most-likely list.

How so? McCain is the master at attacking Republicans, but he rarely speaks even the most timid of admonishments against liberals like David Gregory.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

If I had tried to guess on Saturday which Sunday talk show would get the most contentious, the pairing of John McCain with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet the Press would have come in last on my most-likely list

How so? McCain is the master at attacking Republicans, but he rarely speaks even the most timid of admonishments against liberals like David Gregory.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Ed, My mistake, we completely agree here.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Benghazi responsible persons list. Where are they now?
It seems to me that we have fewer players and more questions on this. What will ever become of it?

jpcpt03 on February 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Todays news: As of today add General Allen to the list of the “not to be seen again”.

jpcpt03 on February 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

David Gregory and The Mainstream Media:

“Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee! Laws ARE FOR “LITTLE” PEOPLE!!!!!!!

williamg on February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

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