Rachel Maddow on the John McCain Agenda
November 29, 2012 4 Comments
On last night’s show, Rachel Maddow took a look at the war being waged by John McCain and a few allies against the potential nomination of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice for the position of Secretary of State.
McCain, who appears to spend most of his time as a Fox News talking head, has questions, and as you would expect, Maddow does an excellent job providing answers.
MCCAIN: Who changed the talking points that was used by Ambassador Rice?
MADDOW: The intelligence agencies acknowledged last week that they were the ones who changed the talking points.
Here’s a link to where Maddow was getting some of this publicly available information.
MCCAIN: Why was references to Al Qaeda left out?
Here, Maddow quotes the Associated Press, reporting on the testimony by David Patraeus.
AP: “…a reason the references to al-Qaida were deleted was that the information came from classified sources and the links were, and still are, tenuous.”
This is the sort of detailed research and cogent analysis one expects from Maddow, and she and others are right to mock McCain for his confusion over why more details would be available sooner for a raid planned by the United States against Bin Laden versus an attack against the United States planned by others.
What was new to me — perhaps because I’ve been busier than usual and not following politics in as much detail — was the hypothesis that Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Kelly Ayotte are pounding the political drum against Rice and in favor of their colleague John Kerry because Kerry’s move to Secretary of State would open up his Senate seat for Scott Brown. Brown’s a buddy with all three of those Senators, so it’s not a far-fetched theory.
As so often happens, it comes down to two possibilities. So, McCain and his pals — stupid or evil?
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