The indescribably dumb opposition to Susan Rice

Fred Kaplan lays it out in full.  Especially the amazingly brazen and rank hypocrisy on the parts of John McCain and Lindsey Graham.  Now, hypocrisy is par for the course for politicians, so I’m generally not that big a fan of it as a line of attack, but there’s hypocrisy and then there’s hypocrisy.  Short version: their defense of Condeleeza Rice for far more serious crimes than one they are pillorying Susan Rice for.  But what I really wanted to highlight was one of the dumbest statements from a politician I’ve heard.  I actually heard the quote on NPR while driving today and thought, “I need to look it up.”  I didn’t need to, as Kaplan flagged it in this piece.  Here you go:

Odder still is Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who said on Wednesday, “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the U.N. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of the contentious presidential election campaign by agreeing to go on the Sunday shows to present the administration’s position.” Imagine that! A senior administration official presenting her administration’s position!

If that isn’t about the dumbest excuse for opposing a potential Secretary of State.  She might as well criticize her for wearing clothes to work.  The whole episode is just embarrassing.

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3 Responses to The indescribably dumb opposition to Susan Rice

  1. Rachel M says:

    Out of curiosity, where are you on the “they’re attacking Rice so Kerry will end up as SoS and Brown can run and win his spot” theory?

    • Steve Greene says:

      That actually does seem somewhat plausible to me, when you consider how silly the attacks on Rice are. As much as anything, I think they’re really just itching for a fight and have descended into the Beck/Limbaugh right-wing fever swamp on Benghazi and anything connected.

  2. Mike from Canada says:

    I was going to ask about “Get off my lawn!” McCain and Rice and the Kerry theory as well, especially after those Republicans said they had no problem with Kerry taking the position.

    It seems strange to me and after I watched The Daily Show which showed clips of McCain talking up the Bush “weapons of mass destruction” talking point previous to the invasion of Iraq, it makes him look exactly what he is, a crotchety old hypocrite who is fast losing power and seems bent on throwing one last tantrum before he’s heavily medicated, put in a straightjacket and left in a small private sound proof padded room.

    Sarah Palin did what the Viet Cong couldn’t. She broke his mind.

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