McCain: Except for that Benghazi thing, Hillary was an awesome SecState

posted at 4:21 pm on October 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Sometimes, there just are no words.  Unfortunately, John McCain supplied them anyway.  In an interview with Bloomberg out today, Senator McCain offered high praise to the Secretary of State whose philosophy on accountability for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi was, “What difference at this point does it make?”

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters, alluding to his 2008 loss to President Barack Obama. Then, the Arizona Republican offered plenty of praise for Clinton, who is also making an appearance in Chicago today.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate,” McCain said of the former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady. “I don’t think there’s any doubt she has widespread support. Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi — which isn’t going away — I think has been outstanding. I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016.”

Yeah — except for not guessing that al-Qaeda would strike at an American asset in the middle of the failed state of Libya on the anniversary of 9/11 and ignoring a stream of intelligence telling the State Department otherwise, Hillary Clinton has an “outstanding” record as Secretary of State.  For instance, Hillary, er, handed a reset button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. A mistranslated reset button.  But don’t forget about all of those new treaties and trade agreements that originated within the Clinton tenure at State.  You know, like, er … and then there was, um …

It’s true that Hillary will be a formidable candidate in 2016 if she chooses to run.  That’s mostly because the media will ignore the remarkable lack of any significant achievement during her four years at State, and may continue to brush off the deaths in the Benghazi terror attack and Hillary Clinton’s personal insistence that it sprang from a demonstration over a YouTube video rather than a well-planned terrorist attack by AQ.  Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.


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Benghaaaaziiiii!!!!

red_herring on October 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

McCain needs an assisted living facility. Oh wait, is that the U.S. Senate?

Mr. Joe on October 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

…good grief

That poor old man, he and Jimmy I bet have a lot to talk about…

right2bright on October 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Who is the babe in the pic?

OmahaConservative on October 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

McVain must be on the Clinton Global Initiative Payroll…Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I wonder if John McCain is on any serious medication?

I really do.

jake-the-goose on October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

They’re both members of the establishment party.

rbj on October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Who is the babe in the pic?

OmahaConservative on October 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Serious? that’s Sally Field

jake-the-goose on October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Who is the babe in the pic?

OmahaConservative on October 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Ed Morrissey on October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

“All that blood on her hands and big body is just paint” — John McCain

Your grandpa and father hate what you’ve become, from their graves, you tool.

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Clever picture!!!

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Paraphrasing Charles Krauthammer, perhaps McCain can name just one accomplishment of hers. I’m not asking for 3 or 4; just one.

UltimateBob on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi — which isn’t going away —

Lip service. He really can’t say anything bad, but he does let her have it on Benghazi, and says it isn’t going away.

She isn’t running.

Johnnyreb on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

There’s something seriously wrong with that man.

hepcat on October 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

McCain: “Except for that gas chamber episode, Hitler was awesome”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Clever picture!!!

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Clever Picture

jake-the-goose on October 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,”

Yeah, maybe if you shut up after stating the obvious that you are a LOSER!!!

fourdeucer on October 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I’m surprised McCain can actually remember Benghazi.

Marcola on October 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

OMG ….

Somebody put jets on his walker , tie his drool cloth on
tightly and send him back to AZ !

Lucano on October 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

More ‘brilliance’ from Senator Nightingale….he just can’t help himself?

He has to be the second most feckless, clueless, and narcissistic person in Washington DC….

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

He wants to get on the bandwagon early to support Hillary’s run for McCain’s defacto party’s nomination for Presidency.

Athos on October 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I swear, McCain wears his shoes like dentures.

Dusty on October 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

McCain: “Except for that First 9-11, Bin Laden was a great family man and spiritual leader”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Add this to the countless number of times that McCain goes overboard in praising Democrats while reserving his meanest streak and harshest criticisms/insults for conservatives.

Any doubt that he is nothing but a Democrat-infiltrator-in-Republican-garb, whose true purpose for remaining in the Senate is to bolster Democrats and undermine conservatives?

I sure hope they had asked him a follow-up question: “What do you think of a Ted Cruz candidacy?”

TheRightMan on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

McCain can’t seriously be considering running for reelection in 2016, can he?

Doughboy on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

It’s true that Hillary will be a formidable candidate in 2016 if she chooses to run. That’s mostly because…

she’s a leftist woman.

/press

mankai on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I guarantee you that, if the Republican nominee is anyone other than, say, a Chris Christie big government/establishment type in 2016, McCain WILL endorse Hillary, should she run.

Resist We Much on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

McCain ‘Vietnam Veneer’ is wearing very very thin – almost transparent

jake-the-goose on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Shump on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

That’s mostly because the media will ignore the remarkable lack of any significant achievement during her four years at State,

Obama gave her a job that her ego couldn’t turn down, then he rendered her powerless within it….She really didn’t do much (remember Obama’s early Asia trip where he bowed to everyone?) until the Libya thing (before benghazi) became a limited kinetic engagement or something….

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

McCain: “Except for that First 9-11, Bin Laden was a great family man and spiritual leader”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Don’t forget all the daycares and schools and parks and playgrounds and unicorn farms he built.

/Patty Murray

mankai on October 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Shump on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Lolz!

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Radio stations in Chicago keep playing the audio from McCain giving Durbin cover for his lie about a House Republican saying he couldn’t stand to look at Obama’s face. McCain has lost his mind.

He needs to retire.

Fallon on October 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

And you want me to civilized.

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

If this man had any dignity or decency left he would retire. Immediately!

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters,

Ah, McVain had a brief moment of clarity there…and poof, then it was gone.

HumpBot Salvation on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

“What difference does it make at this point” will be cool ads.

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful, I should STFU, the way I did in that Hanoi prison.” McCain told reporters,

Maybe he’s been listening to Meghan too long. Where is the McCain who picked Sarah Palin for VP?

Steve Z on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I guarantee you that, if the Republican nominee is anyone other than, say, a Chris Christie big government/establishment type in 2016, McCain WILL endorse Hillary, should she run.

Resist We Much on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

*bookmark*

Axe on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

McCain can’t seriously be considering running for reelection in 2016, can he?

Doughboy on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

He honestly thinks he will run again.

Johnnyreb on October 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

McCain: “Except for that Hanoi trip, Jane Fonda was a great actress and a great American”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Sometimes, there just are no words. Unfortunately, John McCain supplied them anyway.
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Mc…….Cains Mutiny of 08′!
(sarc)

Caine Mutiny – Capt. Queeg Loses It
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlV3oQ3pLA0

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

mister clever man! I didn’t know that was Lincoln’s honey…

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Maybe he’s been listening to Meghan too long. Where is the McCain who picked Sarah Palin for VP?

Steve Z on October 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Still torpedoing conservatives like he did Palin.

Steve Eggleston on October 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

John McCain, Reagan Republican, huh what?

bgibbs1000 on October 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Hillary/McVain — 2016

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

And you want me to civilized.

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Wow, insanity from the pulpits too!

fourdeucer on October 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Me thinks, McCain needs to be Fenced In, at the RINO Retirement
Country-Club!!

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Just switch parties, Senator. Please.

Cicero43 on October 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Benedict Arnold was a heckuva soldier! Hero of Saratoga!

mankai on October 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

McCain: Except for the loss of the American Colonies, King George was a pretty good king

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

Because he’s hoping for a slot in her administration? Duh.

GWB on October 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

McCain on Cruz

I think it’s obvious that we are now seeing the end of this agonizing odyssey that this body has been put through, but far more importantly, the American people have been put through. It’s one of the more shameful chapters that I have seen in the years that I have spent here in the Senate

He calls Cruz “shameful”, and has nothing but good things to say about Hillary who abandoned and let Amb Stevens burn to death.

Shame on you McCain. Shame on you.

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

“Being a loser

Truest words McCain ever spoke.

Bitter Clinger on October 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters,

So he knows this, yet he keeps talking.

Flange on October 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

John! What has she done of any real or lasting significance? McCain pandered to Obama and he’s pandering to Clinton . . . what the hell are his core values and what does he stand for?

rplat on October 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

He’s a dimmocrit mole … he did this shit when he ran agains Obama too!

HondaV65 on October 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I guarantee you that, if the Republican nominee is anyone other than, say, a Chris Christie big government/establishment type in 2016, McCain WILL endorse Hillary, should she run.

Resist We Much on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Resist We Much:

RINO Purgation Cometh,…..er,…hopefully:0

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Name one achievement, John. Name one.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on October 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Graham has an election coming up so he’ll keep those thoughts to himself for now.

Wigglesworth on October 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Shut Up Mav!

vityas on October 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

retire John

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I could have been in the major leagues except couldn’t hit the curve ball…………couldn’t throw……….couldn’t run…………couldn’t see…….no desire.
Other than that I would have been awesome.

Herb on October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

He likes Hillary because she was for the Syrian intervention. They are both neo-cons of the first order. I remember Hillary talking about stopping Russian expansion into central Asia. Has anyone looked to see what countries are in Central Asia? Mostly Muslim countries who names end in “-stan”. What strategic purpose is there for wanting to stop Russia from invading a bunch of Muslim countries and civilizing them and at the same time draining Russian resources in the process? It is a complete mystery to me.

McCain would wreck this country and our military by getting us involved in every half baked conflict in the world. In the interim…China will wait and strike in the Far East when we are over extended. If Hillary is John McCain’s kind of girl, god only knows what that would mean if she got elected…what national health care was not enough? We need a war with Russia over central Asia?

William Eaton on October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I wish Hot Air would quit posting McCain’s words.
He AND his little piggy daughter (Meggie Mac) bring NOTHING to the table! NOTHING.

mmcnamer1 on October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I swear, McCain wears his shoes like dentures.

Dusty on October 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Bless his heart.

DanMan on October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

The McCain Doctrine = Being a Loser

fourdeucer on October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

He’s going to run in 2016 as a Democrat.

The Rogue Tomato on October 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Hillary/McVain — 2016

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

So… the part of the Don’t-You-Dare-Criticize-Me Socialist will be played by Killary and the part of Crazy Old Uncle Joe will be played by Crazy Old Uncle Mac.

Remember when McCain really wanted to pick Lieberman as his running mate? Good times… Maybe, we‘re the idiots.

Fallon on October 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

the dems must be paying him a lot…

Sachiko on October 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters

Good God, is he still basking in his honorable defeat?

He’s the only losing Presidential candidate in history to give a victory speech in concession.

To hell with the country, it’s all about the legacy of John McCain, Great American.

HitNRun on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Wow, the dude has reached the end of the line; senility is tough thing.

Bishop on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

McCain: “Other than that little picture kerfuffle, Weiner was a great Congressman”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

except for a little snafu near the end Chernobyl was a great facility to eat, sleep, and live in and around. A super hot vacation spot..

dmacleo on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Our foreign policy is in shambles. Hillary was a terrible SecState.

As for Benghazi, the woman has blood on her hands and also needs to be charged with lying under oath.

P.S. Ed, why did you use a photo of Mary Todd Lincoln? Are you referring to her erratic and mentally ill behavior?

INC on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

Ed, McCain, Graham and many others are just undocumented Democrats.

H/T A Twitch commenter.

bluefox on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Quick – name Hillary’s top 3 accomplishments as Secretary of State. All I can remember about her time at State is the failed re-set button with Russia, and Benghazi. Oh, and her assistant being married to a guy that sends out wang photos.

hawksruleva on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Fluking switch parties already you senile bastard!

jawkneemusic on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

see mccain and obama worked together to make sure obama won

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s12e12-about-last-night

dmacleo on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

A creche is missing its patient.

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

The insane old fool forgot about the Arab Spring, and Syria, and Iran, and….

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Yeah, John, why don’t you list all of Hillary’s ACCOMPLISHMENTS as Sec of State.

Since you’re getting old and SENILE, why not start with that famous RESET button.

How’d that work out? And don’t forget ‘the Arab Spring’. And the failed protests over the stolen Iran election. And Lybia…………

GarandFan on October 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

s/b Twitchy, sorry. Busy cooking.

bluefox on October 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

“Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very impactful,” McCain told reporters…

I wonder why McCain doesn’t apply this same principle when dealing with conservatives. Since he acknowledges he is a loser, why does he persist with his condescending advice to conservatives to fold up shop and give in to Obama?

TheRightMan on October 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

FLASH: Explosion reported near U.S. Embassy in Yemen…

really

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Lip service. He really can’t say anything bad, but he does let her have it on Benghazi, and says it isn’t going away.

Johnnyreb on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Why can’t he say anything bad? She’s not in office now. She’s not a fellow senator that McCain has to work with. She’s an expected future presidential candidate of the opposite party.

Why did he have to say, “Her work as secretary of state … I think has been outstanding”? What did she actually do as Sec. of State that should be called “outstanding”?

J.S.K. on October 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Cindy McCain, if you any shame and decency left in you,
duck tape this senile fool ‘s mouth , take away his pants and keep him at home .

burrata on October 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

♥ ♥ ♥ Maybe he wuvs her. ♥ ♥ ♥

xoxoxoxoxoxo

smooch smooch smooch

{{{Hillary}}}

*sigh*

^ Annoying, love-sick b@stard sounds.

Axe on October 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

John McCain has taken over Arlen Specter’s place as the Democrat pretending to be a Republican.

Kevin R on October 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I think he’s looking to replace Hagel in an eventual Hillary administration.

Annar on October 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Paraphrasing Charles Krauthammer, perhaps McCain can name just one accomplishment of hers. I’m not asking for 3 or 4; just one.

UltimateBob on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

For nearly 15 years I’ve (unsuccessfully) asked someone to tell me what her “qualifications” were to be the Junior Senator from New York.

Still waiting…

Del Dolemonte on October 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Except for that iceberg thing, Edward Smith was an awesome captain.

Moose Drool on October 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

Ed, McCain, Graham and many others are just undocumented Democrats.

H/T A Twitch commenter.

bluefox on October 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

illegal hellions

ziggyville on October 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

It’s occasions such as this that make me ponder how I could have ever pulled a lever for this ‘tard…

dpduq on October 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

“the only way never to do the wrong thing is never to do anything.”
― Jim Butcher, White Night

“tell me about it”
- Amb Stevens

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

You know, except for that Jew thing, Hitler was an ok guy.

You know, except for the millions he killed in Cambodia after we pulled out of Vietnam, Pol Pot was an ok guy.

Excpet for that crime wave stuff, Scarface was an ok guy.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Why John McCain wants to gloss over Hillary’s record is anyone’s guess.

McCain would rather receive adulation from the Washington pundits and power brokers than anything else. You don’t get that by attacking Hillary; you get it by going after other Republicans with ‘wacko bird’ lines (and would anyone be shocked to see Maverick endorse Hillary in 2016 if he decides not to run for re-election and anyone to the right of Chris Christie ends up with the GOP nomination?)

jon1979 on October 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I think he is running for VP – Hillary’s VP

djl130 on October 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

It’s occasions such as this that make me ponder how I could have ever pulled a lever for this ‘tard…

dpduq on October 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Probably the same reasons many of us did. We knew in 2007 what the Anti-American MSM wouldn’t report. And still won’t!!!

bluefox on October 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

The senile old geezer wants to be Shrillery’s Secretary of Defense. It’ll be bi-partisan, don’t you know. She’ll be a uniter, not a divider.

Rational Thought on October 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

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