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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I’m shocked David Gregory didn’t pull out a 30-round magazine at McCain and scolded him on not confirming Chuck Hagel “for the children”.

BigGator5 on February 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

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.”

Hagel is qualified to saddle the GOP with the destruction of DOD.

Obama: Hey, Hagel is a republican!

jjnco73 on February 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

The only thing David cares about is advancing an agenda. And that agenda is not whats best for the country. Its what is best for the progressive wing of the DNC.

meci on February 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Gregory translation
What difference does it make?

The double standard is infuriating….dear leader would not have been reelected if the lsm actually gave a darn

cmsinaz on February 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

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?

The ultimate mystery why Senate tradition is more important than our national security. No wonder congress has single digit approval ratings and the GOP is called the stupid party.

karenhasfreedom on February 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Congress has become a very lame circus and I’m really getting tired of these clowns.

HotAirian on February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I keep waiting for when David Gregory will make that inevitable eventual switch to MSNBC, where he will most likely fit in like the proverbial glove.

pilamaye on February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

By next Sunday, if the Hagel debate is still going on, I expect Gregory to be covering his ears and going “nanananana” to drown out the noise if a guest mentions Benghazi.

jon1979 on February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The rap on McCain is that he’s not willing to fight for everything we want him to fight about–Hagel, for example.

But once McCain decides he’s gonna fight about something, he’s a bulldog.

Of course, many HotAir commenters foolishly think he’s to the left of Obama, & that he hates the USA.

As any AZ resident who’s watched him for decades, I know that McCain is conservatism’s ally most of the time.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

any an

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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.

David Gregory happens to be a commander in the army of all those who are not supposed to see an issue in this issue…..FWIW.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I’m shocked David Gregory didn’t pull out a 30-round magazine at McCain and scolded him on not confirming Chuck Hagel “for the children”.

BigGator5 on February 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

*laughter*
*applause*

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM

David Gregory – another face I’d just as well never have to look at again.

Cleombrotus on February 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

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?

And Gregory could retort, “Well, what difference does it make at this point?????”

works well in most instances, eh?

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Just to remind everyone of who David Gregory is, here’s an interview he had with Bush (you know back when the MSM was speaking “truth to power”TM). Notice the tone of Gregory. Notice how Gregory wanted one single point to come across: Bush is worse than Nixon. Then try to imagine Gregory talking like this to Obama. Obama would pull a Roker and poop his pants. If Bush had an Ambassador killed while never making a single phone call about the attack, and not even attempting to send help, and then lying about the cause of the attack for 5 days to the American people, do you think Gregory would be saying stupid things like “what cover up?”

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I’m sure the prezzy didn’t tell Leon to do whatever it takes to rescue or try to save the ambassador and the others. It was more like don’t do anything that would screw up my reelection. Don’t call me, either. Cuz Leon didn’t try calling the ‘boss’, means he was told that, too.

Kissmygrits on February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

“Do you care” that the Department of Defense will be headed by an unqualified appointee, or not?

McCain didn’t care if the entire U.S. government was headed by an unqualified president.

Remember, we have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency — nothing except massive incompetency and corruption in every department and agency in the executive branch.

AZCoyote on February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

But once McCain decides he’s gonna fight about something, he’s a bulldog.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

He WAS quite impressive here, that’s for sure. If they (the GOP) were at least this aggressive only HALF of the time, we’d not have a Marxist in the White House right now.

Cleombrotus on February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The White House hasn’t even offered to make the survivors available for the intelligence committees to get answers.

Do all of them require W.H. permission to speak?

OldEnglish on February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

David Gregory can eat my sh*t.

Polish Rifle on February 18, 2013 at 8:52 AM

What McCain is getting at is that the press is covering up Mr. Obama’s “My Pet Goat” moment in the wake of Benghazi. I mean, the press would look awful if, after they criticized Mr. Bush for waiting 3-5 mins after 9/11 occurred, they failed to criticize Mr. Obama for waiting all night/week/forever for doing anything about 9/11 Benghazi edition, right?

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

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

Like a good MSM lapdog, Gregory doesn’t believe there is a coverup, therefor it’s impossible one is being perpetrated. More shocking to him is that people realize there is one and are saying so despite his willful ignorance.

Liam on February 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Do all of them require W.H. permission to speak?

OldEnglish on February 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Do all of them enjoy having their kneecaps remain intact??/

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

David Gregory – another face I’d just as well never have to look at again.

Cleombrotus on February 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Another face I would like to cave in with the heel of my boots. Metophorically of course cause I would never condone violence on these @sshats.

D-fusit on February 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

D-fusit on February 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I know the feeling.

Cleombrotus on February 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The press is just an extension of the WH. They should be treated as such, Begin demanding answers of the press. Turn the spotlight on them. It’s nice to see McCain do this.. but way far too often the press has been getting away with this pretense they are a press.
They are not. Everybody knows it but Republicans still go on their shows and pretend and play along like they are impartial.

JellyToast on February 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The MSM, immediately understanding that the full weight of the terrorist attack would harm, if not doom, Obama’s re-election, spent the next 48 hours trashing Romney, not chasing Obama for answers.

And now they claim to have amnesia relative to their own corrupt role in serving as Obama’s handmaidens.

These people in the MSM are beyond despicable. Journalism is dead, and they even allowed Obama and Hillary to spit on the caskets of Ambassador Stevens and others, peddling the blatant falsehood about some stupid video.

matthew8787 on February 18, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Do all of them enjoy having their kneecaps remain intact??/

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Ah, there is that, yes.

OldEnglish on February 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

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

Do you see that America? Do you see this willful ignorance? This admission of disinterest regarding deaths of your fellow countrymen? The only deaths that matter are those that occur during the Republican administration–those are the only ones that are questioned because it is by party affiliation alone that blame can be leveled. All Republicans must do is to wither the ridicule of the press, answer their questions, and submit to their authority. Democrats do not answer questions, no deaths occur during their administrations and, if they do, then it is “ehhh, whatevs....*shrug*” Enjoy your new kneepads, David.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

David Gregory is just merely another extension of Candy Crowley’s position during the debates.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The media has been playing this game with Republicans for decades. It is about time someone turned the focus on them. Make the enemy live up to their own set of rules. Make the concern trolls show concern even when they have none.

Grunt on February 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The press knows that Watergate was primarily an issue fomented by the press. Anything scandalous nowadays will thusly be extinguished by the press. Say it ain’t so, David.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

McCain is outraged….until he says we shouldn’t hold up Hagel’s nomination anymore.

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on February 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

“Camps? What camps?”

-German media, 1942

Bishop on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Gotta give credit when its due. Kudos to Senator McCain for sticking up for our 4 slain citizens, including our assassinated Ambassador. The left, including the MSM, laughs it off as a right wing conspiracy theory. Senator McCain is an old foreign policy hand, and well experienced in that sphere. He’ll have unlikely sources, even in Benghazi. And if he believes that its a coverup, it just is. Its funny how the left now tries to portray him as an extreme right wing tea party racist, while we know differently. And thats my 2 cents.

tommy71 on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The press holds both the matches and kindling for scandals, as well as the wet blankets and fire extinguishers.

Interesting position, eh folks? How do we counter that?

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Glad Mc Cain challenged Gregory and Gregory seemed a little stunned by the challenge. But Mc Cain says all that needs to be said about government in DC when he says the candidate is unqualified but should be appointed. Unqualified is what government in DC is.

Charm on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Gregory acted as though it was the first time he’s heard of such a claim

Could well be true with his head so far up Obama’s rectum. I imagine not much sound gets through.

VorDaj on February 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The fact that Dempsey’s questioning revealed Obama was AWOL during the attack (Scratch that, the fact that Obama willfully walked away from the ongoing attack) did not become a lead story for the next week should be all the proof you need that Obama is indeed the teflon don.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

“McCain to David Gregory: “Do You Care Whether Four Americans Died?”

Only when those 4 Americans are killed by a “wronged,” former police officer.

The first Ambassador to be killed since 1979 and three other heroes? Not so much.

Resist We Much on February 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

And over at Brietbart we have this little gem, they continue to spin this like we are all little kids, here is a cookie now go outside and play.

D-fusit on February 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

No kudos to Juan from me . Safety of our troops doesn’t start
with incompetence at defense .
Comity is about ( but not limited to ) privileges and immunities .
It says nothing about the ability to serve .

Lucano on February 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

David Gregory, questioning President Bush at White House press conference after US troops invaded Iraq:

“Did you make a mistake?”
“Did you make a mistake sir?”
“Did you ever make a mistake?”
“Did you make a mistake?”

David Gregory, questioning President Obama:

“Where did you get that tie, it matches your suit so well?”

Gregory should have that Obama logo tattooed on his forehead and wear a t-shirt that says “I scraped my knees interviewing Obama”.

fogw on February 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

…the media is worse than we all think!
…David Gregory is your example…and HE IS the norm!

KOOLAID2 on February 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I enjoy crabby old man John McCain.

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The press holds both the matches and kindling for scandals, as well as the wet blankets and fire extinguishers.
Interesting position, eh folks? How do we counter that?
ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I think Hot Air is great but just compare the influence of Huffintonpost to that of Hot Air. Compare also the reach, expansion across countries, since both started at roughly the same time.

Yes I know there are a bunch of other sites but HA is the best. Sadly, it rarely moves the needle.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

No matter how he treats them, no matter how much he screws up, no matter now many people die, no matter how many people are suffering from his policies, no matter how much he evades, obfuscates and prevaricates, the MSM will continue to carry his water because they are like children in a Dickensian orphanage holding out their bowls and begging, “Please, sir, I want some more” in the form of an occasional pat on the head by their messiah.

Resist We Much on February 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The White House hasn’t even offered to make the survivors available for the intelligence committees to get answers.

I find this point absolutely inconceivable. WTF?

Beyond that, close your eyes, and imagine the media reaction if we had a GOP president and a gay ambassador were killed in a high-profile Middle-East hotspot. Can you even begin to fathom the media sh*tstorm that would fall down on that GOP White House for its and its party’s “War on Gays”?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I’m sure McCain is thinking, “I survived Robert McNamara, who may have been the worst Secretary of Defense, what more could Hagel do?”

bflat879 on February 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That’s because the needle is stuck on stupid!

OldEnglish on February 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Why was Amb. Stevens in Benghazi and have the survivors been interviewed?

Cindy Munford on February 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

The press holds both the matches and kindling for scandals, as well as the wet blankets and fire extinguishers.

Interesting position, eh folks? How do we counter that?

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

…lately I have been noticing the advertising on a lot of the national networks and especially on radio stations is “brought to you by”…one of our government agencies!
…yesterday in one half hour span while listening to the radio… at least half of the advertisements were “brought to you by” the Energy Department or ‘this council’ on the aging or ‘that council’…everyone of them a government agency and funded by taxpayers. There is no pro-bono to the extreme of the number of ads I have been hearing!
The government is a money machine for these people…so how DO you counter that? …the airwaves have knee-pads!

KOOLAID2 on February 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I think a lot of $ ‘s have been handed out and
a lot of threats have been made .
Wouldn’t family members be screaming in
the real world ?
( I did hear one mother on Greta . )

Lucano on February 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

To hell with Gregory, NBC, and the rest of the American press. They are naked partisans in league with the enemies of liberty and American civil society. Treat them as such.

RobertE on February 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

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

Because the filibuster should be reserved for situations in which 41-50 Senators believe that some of their colleagues would join them in opposition once they become aware of additional facts they do not currently possess. If a nominee isn’t forthcoming in answering questions, then it is appropriate to filibuster the nomination. Get the questions answered, then have an up/down vote. If the majority votes to confirm, so be it.

The filibuster should not be used to force the minority’s will upon the majority.

The Monster on February 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

1. What a dumb ass questio by McCAin, no he does not care and McCain knows it.

2. Goebbles NewsNews Network GNN.

3.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Hot Air has posting issues.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

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

Always the relativist willing to create balance……..moral equivalence which given the reality of this story is self defeating.

I believe Juan’s point pertains to voting on Hagel. Further delay is unwarrented, the senator and others have expressed their concerns. These same MSM progandists will continue to bludgeon the GOP as obstructionists regardless of reality, just like Benghazi.

dmann on February 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Interesting position, eh folks? How do we counter that?

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Stout Hemp Rope, Streetlamps, and “Some assembly Required”… Comes to mind…

SWalker on February 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

As any AZ resident who’s watched him for decades, I know that McCain is conservatism’s ally most of the time.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

As a Texas resident who’s watched him openly scoff at and knife conservatism in back for decades, I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree.

Midas on February 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I’m sure McCain is thinking, “I survived Robert McNamara, who may have been the worst Secretary of Defense, what more could Hagel do?”

bflat879 on February 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I guess that McCain, and McCain alone, can actually say that with some validity.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM
That’s because the needle is stuck on stupid!
OldEnglish on February 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

No argument here!

Sad that drudge/fox/ha and a few others are the only influencers (albeit small). Why no con megadonors don’t pool resources and actually takeover or form new networks instead of wasting money on POL’s is beyond me.

Any plans for Hot Air expansion (Ed/AP/MKH/Salem?) beyond the usual 8 threads a day and a few Green Room posts?

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Get the questions answered, then have an up/down vote

Well there’s your problem right there.

Bishop on February 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

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?

This is exactly the issue. Obama’s childish remark that R’s are playing “politics” with the nomination is equally barf inducing. IT’S A FREAKING POLITICAL POSITION!!11!!1!11!!

Does no one realize anymore that the SoD is merely a beauracratic head that usually has little to no military experience? Or that there are already Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force–former cabinet-level positions themselves. I think the DoD can manage just fine without a useless figurehead for a few more months.

Hagel served for only two years and wasn’t even an officer, only reaching the rank of Sergeant. How exactly does that make him qualified to lead four-star generals and admirals?

Nutstuyu on February 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I’m sure McCain is thinking, “I survived Robert McNamara, who may have been the worst Secretary of Defense, what more could Hagel do?”

bflat879 on February 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I guess that McCain, and McCain alone, can actually say that with some validity.

ted c on February 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Just as a side note and not to be confused with any defense of Robert McNamara, Robert McNamara served as an attorney during WWII’s Nuremberg Trials, and he was scared to death that American Military forces would end up in front of a “Nuremberg Trial” of their own over Vietnam.

SWalker on February 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

McCain wants answers as to the incompetence of the State Department in allowing four Americans to be murdered and as a reward for getting those answers he’ll allow an incompetent to head the Pentagon.

Real consistent thinking there McCain.

What a fool.

ButterflyDragon on February 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The press is much more upset that they were shut out of the obama/tiger woods golf game photo op.

Naturally Curly on February 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Hagel is qualified to saddle the GOP with the destruction of DOD.

Obama: Hey, Hagel is a republican!

jjnco73 on February 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

As Dick Cheney said, Hagel was picked to preside over the hollowing out of the armed forces.

petefrt on February 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

David Gregory, on the other hand, doesn’t see an issue.

Gregory couldn’t find his own ass with a map, compass or Garmin.

GarandFan on February 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

The only thing David cares about is advancing an agenda. continued invitations to the best DC and NYC cocktail parties. And that agenda is not whats best for the country. Its what is best for the progressive wing of the DNC.

meci on February 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on February 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The MSM is the propaganda arm of the enemies of the U.S.

justltl on February 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

1. What a dumb ass questio by McCAin, no he does not care and McCain knows it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

It’s actually the most significant moment in the exchange. Of all people, McCain has crudely hit on the only way to talk to the media Left — with counter-interrogative challenge. “Don’t you care?” not only spits back the Left’s prized Narrative (Compassion TM) in their faces but forces them to confront their journalistic malfeasance and neglect. This approach needs to be refined and used by every Republican in America to force them to respond to their failed journalistic code and ideological agenda.

“Why don’t you care? Aren’t you a professional journalist? Do you consider yourself a journalist or an advocate? Do you understand how many Americans are questioning the ethics and intentions of the media? I thought the role of the journalist in our society was to expose and confront corrpted power? You were interested in Waetergate but not Benghazi? Would you have shown no interest in investigaing Watergate after Nixon’s team’s initial denials?”

Questions are the best way to unnerve them. Go on the offensive. Do not accept them as journalists or qualified interlocutors or respect their control of the interview.

Alinsky — make them live up to their own claims. Humiliate them at every public opportunity.

rrpjr on February 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Gregory is such a let down after Russert and Todd is worse than that, and pardon me but Russert was biased.

Speakup on February 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The answers we have received haven’t exactly cleared things up, either.

The answers we have received have made what happened quite clear. On the night Ambassador Stevens died, the ship of state was rudderless and its guns secured — and the captain was prepping to jump jet from the poop deck over to Vegas for the day and could not be bothered with something as mundane as a pirate attack.

All of the non-answers proceed from this. Nobody wants to go on record as defending the indefensible — that they needed the captain’s orders to fire back, and no orders would be forthcoming, so they could not act. Therefore, they didn’t.

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

DNC Dave gets the administrtation talking points from the bent axel and they go something like this:
1. We don’t want this to ever happen again, its over.(Desperation. They got caught doing nothing and have to change the topic.)
2. We couldn’t take action since we didn’t know what was going on(forget the two drones flying over head and the repeated requests for help. Talking points are we didn’t know what was going on so we couldn’t take appropriate action.More BS.
3. Hillary’s famous “its over, what do you want us to do,they are dead” hopefully this will sink her in 2016.

No way DNC Dave will do anything to disturb any
of the axel/plouffe/jarrett talking points.If you noticed as soon as the conversation went back to him he changed topics in a heartbeat! He’s slick at doing that over and over.He knows who his masters are.
As for McCain, he and Graham are real tough lately on tv. After all we have been lighting a huge fire under both their asses for months now. They are trying desperately to lose the rino label. But, get them in a room full of lefties and they fold like the cheap suits they are.
Thanks to the New Media Benghazi is not over. And, it won’t be until we get definitive answers to straight questions.

rodguy911 on February 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

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

Just about everything this administration has been involved with results in a massive cover-up.

Massive cover-up is their urban dictionary definition of transparency.

rukiddingme on February 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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

Let me suggest that it is the death toll that is being covered up. We have been told that the death toll is four, I believe it is many more than that. That’s why we can’t know who the wounded were, which hospital they were in, and even Congress is denied the most basic information about them. Because they are dead.

They are managing the magnitude of the disaster by lying about the death toll.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Is that a rhetorical question?

Do u care? No he doesn’t care and he couldn’t care less.

That’s his boy your taking about, there’s a D after his name not an R.
if there was an R after his name then it would be his job to challenge him.

phatfawzi on February 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

32 unaccounted for from what I hear.

rodguy911 on February 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

It’s actually the most significant moment in the exchange. Of all people, McCain has crudely hit on the only way to talk to the media Left — with counter-interrogative challenge. “Don’t you care?” not only spits back the Left’s prized Narrative (Compassion TM) in their faces but forces them to confront their journalistic malfeasance and neglect. This approach needs to be refined and used by every Republican in America to force them to respond to their failed journalistic code and ideological agenda.

rrpjr on February 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

^^^^THIS^^^^^THIS^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^

I was pleasantly surprised to see McCain turn the questions back to the questioner…but you are correct to say that this approach needs refining.

lynncgb on February 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

The victims have to be black and the murderer has to be a white conservative or the victims have to be children gunned down by a white male, using an assault weapon for the MSM to care. Nothing to see in Chicago.

racquetballer on February 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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

Alinsky — make them live up to their own claims. Humiliate them at every public opportunity.

rrpjr on February 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

+1000

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

The military was never allowed to “fight” the war and the restrictions were much worse under Johnson than they were under Nixon. McNamara may have been afraid of becoming the German Army, but I believe we have much more integrity than that so it was just a lack of faith on his part.

Hagel should not be the Secretary of Defense and he could end up worse than McNamara because he doesn’t have a clue, but if the Senate doesn’t do it’s job, we’ll be stuck with him. I’d ask McCain why he believes an incompetent should be voted in?

bflat879 on February 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’d ask McCain why he believes an incompetent should be voted in?

bflat879 on February 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

We wouldn’t want to upstage our President, would we?

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

McCain has turned into a useless, elitist, good ‘ole boy in the senate. His repeated capitulation on immigration, and now Hagel is nauseating. He needs to resign before he does any more damage to the country.

ultracon on February 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The ultimate mystery why Senate tradition is more important than our national security. No wonder congress has single digit approval ratings and the GOP is called the stupid party.

karenhasfreedom on February 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I’m heartened that Ted Cruz and Rand Paul will remind us on a daily basis the work that needs to be done.

kim roy on February 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I think Hot Air is great but just compare the influence of Huffintonpost to that of Hot Air. Compare also the reach, expansion across countries, since both started at roughly the same time.

Yes I know there are a bunch of other sites but HA is the best. Sadly, it rarely moves the needle.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Sharyl Attkisson with CBS has been trying, but not sure how much she can do and how much CBS will bury her if she does get anything. She’s been trying to get answers. If you are on twitter follow her because sometimes she posts a lot of stuff.

But yeah, for a lot of “curious” people they have been strangely incurious. Maybe Honey Boo Boo should ask. Might wake up the media.

kim roy on February 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Why is it that arguments these days always degenerate to “Do you care?” or “You don’t care!” or “You’re a hater!”

Marcola on February 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

As any AZ resident who’s watched him for decades, I know that McCain is conservatism’s ally most of the time.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Well, except for a national gun registry database. Except for that.:)

a capella on February 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Yes I know there are a bunch of other sites but HA is the best. Sadly, it rarely moves the needle.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

It doesn’t move the needle. We’re losing badly. We need two things at once: a Destroy the Media plan which has to involve the GOP at some point, and cultural narrative subversions to compete with the Left’s proliferation of low-information pop-culture/newsbite snark sites.

rrpjr on February 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

As any AZ resident who’s watched him for decades, I know that McCain is conservatism’s ally most of the time.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I think that’s true, but I have a keen hatred for any GOP Senator who has close friends among the Senate’s left fringe. And McCain’s closest friends have the gutting of America as their most visible goal. There is nothing decent or likable about Teddy or Hillary or his other lefty buddies.

Jaibones on February 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

David “Above the Law” Gregory is too busy engaging in leftist advocacy to do actual, you know, investigative reporting. Duh. That’s how he keeps his “Above the Law” card.

besser tot als rot on February 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

“Do you care?” and “What difference does it make?” need to be hung around Hillary’s neck like an albatross in all political advertising, now and forever.

Stu Gotts on February 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Congress has become a very lame circus and I’m really getting tired of these clowns.

HotAirian on February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

You left out the media.

HiJack on February 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

msdnc talking heads just irritated with McCain
Why didn’t he bring this up during Kerry’s hearing

cmsinaz on February 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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