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    Maddow: GOP attacking Rice so Kerry will leave Senate

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    By Arturo Garcia | The Raw Story

    It doesn’t matter how many closed-door meetings Republicans have with the CIA and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow theorized Tuesday, because Rice being named Secretary of State would prevent them from what they really want: the chance to get another seat in the Senate.

    The reason, Maddow said, GOP lawmakers “prefer” Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) get a presidential cabinet nomination — either to that position or Secretary of Defense — is that the promotion would open up his Senate seat to a special election.

    “You know what? Maybe this is nuts,” she conceded. “Maybe this is nuts. Maybe this is way too simplistic. But maybe this makes more sense than the contention we are supposed to believe, which is that two active investigations, multiple hours-long briefings, a statement from the president, a statement from the UN ambassador, a closed-door, more than an hour long meeting with that ambassador, and a personal one-on-one ask me anything with the director of the CIA have not given [Sen.] John McCain (R-AZ) enough opportunity to ask whatever questions it is he wants to ask about remarks made on a Sunday morning talk show two and a half months ago.”

    McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) continued the political theater surrounding Rice’s prospective nomination for Secretary of State Tuesday, telling reporters they came away from meeting with CIA Director Michael Morrell “more troubled” and with “many more questions” that need answering.

    But according to Maddow, what isn’t being said is that, should Kerry be elevated in Rice’s place, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) would be the presumed GOP pick to go after the open seat, given that he only lost his re-election bid to Elizabeth Warren by eight points.

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    — 1 year ago with 23 notes
    #politics  #Susan Rice  #John McCain  #Benghazi 
    "One of you, Senator McCain, has gone so far as to make the outrageous claim that this event was “worse than Watergate”—despite the fact that there is no evidence that any crime was committed, no evidence of any cover-up, and no evidence that the administration has characterized the incident in any way that has not been consistent with the Intelligence Community’s contemporaneous assessments."
    Harry Reid, rejecting McCain’s request to form a Senate committee to investigate the attack on Benghazi last September. McCain had made the request in part because, per internal Senate rules, he’s term-limited out of his seat as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the formation of a new committee would allow him another perch from which to delve into the Benghazi matter. Reid derided McCain’s request as an attempt to use the Senate as “a venue for baseless partisan attacks,” and excoriated the senator for skipping a classified briefing on the incident in order to hold a press conference. source (via shortformblog)

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    — 1 year ago with 173 notes
    #benghazi attacks  #harry reid  #john mccain  #libya attacks  #libya mccain  #mccain benghazi  #reid benghazi  #reid it and weep  #reid senate  #senate  #senate subcommittees  #terrorist attack benghazi  #sm 
    WATCH: John McCain Does a 180 on Jobless Vets →

    cognitivedissonance:

    Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones (and curator of their Tumblr) nails Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on jobs for veterans.

    And I helped:

    Senator John McCain—Naval Academy class of 1958, Vietnam prisoner of warhas long enjoyed a reputation as a straight-talking protector of the troops. But yesterday, he joined 39 Republican colleagues in blocking a bipartisan bill that would have provided federal jobs for up to 20,000 out-of-work ex-service membersand in doing so, he went back on a verbal promise he made to a veteran weeks ago.

    Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio of an interview McCain conducted with military vet and citizen journalist Meg Lanker-Simons at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month. In the exchange, McCain said getting vets back to work was job No. 1. (The jobless rate for ex-service members is up to 31 percent higher than for civilians.) “The fact is, it’s a national disgrace that veterans’ unemployment is 14 percent,” McCain said. “That’s a national disgrace. And we’ve got to try to find more ways and better ways to hire veterans. And that has got to be our highest priority.”

    You can listen to the full interview at the link. I interviewed McCain at a fundraiser for vets as just a softball-type thing for the Tumblr Election blog. I had to soften the background noise, and ultimately ran out of time to post it. Still held on to it and cleaned it up… I imagine his office wishes I didn’t. 

    McCain has never been much of a friend to veterans, but rarely does he get caught this red-handed.

    I regret nothing and thanks to Adam Weinstein and Mother Jones for exposing McCain’s hypocrisy yet again.

    It’s been a decades-long media charade that Maverick McCain is a good friend of enlisted men and women. He says one thing and usually does another. McCain is a friend of the Pentagon, its top brass, and subcontractors — all to further the GOP’s Forever War. 

    — 1 year ago with 271 notes
    #John McCain  #Mother Jones  #Busted  #GOP  #Veterans  #jobs  #politics  #economy  #hypocrisy 

    John McCain on Harry Reid’s allegation that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years 

    Anderson Cooper asked John McCain about Harry Reid’s allegation that a Bain Capital source told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Remember McCain saw 20-22 years worth of Romney’s returns in 2008 and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In answering Cooper, McCain never calls Reid a liar or says the allegation is false — McCain’s complaint seems to be that Reid has offered noproof:

    McCain: First of all I’ve, I’ve know Sen. Reid for many, many years and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior. Uh… to accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof that… the… the allegation has any substance… is really something I frankly don’t understand. I hope that Harry will, that Sen. Reid will correct that and say — unless he’s willing to come forward with the evidence that he has, that… that is the case that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — uh… really… uh… this… uh… we’re… uh… not playing bean bag and uh… thi… things… politics are tough and I enjoy the give and take but uh… I think Harry might have gone over the line here.

    Romney gave McCain 23 tax returns in 2008.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #politics  #mitt romney  #tax returns  #john mccain  #news  #harry reid 
    Video: John McCain on Harry Reid’s allegation that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years

    Anderson Cooper asked John McCain about Harry Reid’s allegation that a Bain Capital source told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Remember McCain saw 20-22 years worth of Romney’s returns in 2008 and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In answering Cooper, McCain never calls Reid a liar or says the allegation is false — McCain’s complaint seems to be that Reid has offered no proof:

    McCain: First of all I’ve, I’ve know Sen. Reid for many, many years and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior. Uh… to accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof that… the… the allegation has any substance… is really something I frankly don’t understand. I hope that Harry will, that Sen. Reid will correct that and say — unless he’s willing to come forward with the evidence that he has, that… that is the case that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — uh… really… uh… this… uh… we’re… uh… not playing bean bag and uh… thi… things… politics are tough and I enjoy the give and take but uh… I think Harry might have gone over the line here.

    We’re not playing ‘bean bag‘? So what’s your read on McCain’s extra careful, measured, hemming and hawing, tiptoeing, walking on eggshells, sort of non-response response?

    See video… 

    — 1 year ago
    #politics  #news  #john mccain  #harry reid  #mitt romney  #tax returns  #hasn't paid taxes for 10 years 
    McCain: when I said Palin was the “better candidate,” I didn’t mean better than Mitt Romney

McCain wants us to know that when he said earlier today that he chose Palin “because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”
He believes those words, of his, were taken “out of context.” So McCain felt the need to add more words, to qualify or temper the earlier words:
“Some in the media have chosen to take my answer today, in response to the question of why I did not select Governor Romney as my vice presidential nominee, out of context. I selected Sarah Palin because she was the best fit for my campaign, and my decision had nothing to do with the bogus tax return attacks currently being waged by the Obama campaign. I have the highest respect for Governor Romney and his record of public service, and he will make an outstanding president.”
So we went from “better candidate” to “best fit for my campaign” in a few short hours. That’s what you call Straight Talk!

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    McCain: when I said Palin was the “better candidate,” I didn’t mean better than Mitt Romney

    McCain wants us to know that when he said earlier today that he chose Palin “because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”

    He believes those words, of his, were taken “out of context.” So McCain felt the need to add more words, to qualify or temper the earlier words:

    “Some in the media have chosen to take my answer today, in response to the question of why I did not select Governor Romney as my vice presidential nominee, out of context. I selected Sarah Palin because she was the best fit for my campaign, and my decision had nothing to do with the bogus tax return attacks currently being waged by the Obama campaign. I have the highest respect for Governor Romney and his record of public service, and he will make an outstanding president.”

    So we went from “better candidate” to “best fit for my campaign” in a few short hours. That’s what you call Straight Talk!

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    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #politics  #john mccain  #sarah palin  #mitt romney 
    "Some in the media have chosen to take my answer today, in response to the question of why I did not select Governor Romney as my vice presidential nominee, out of context. I selected Sarah Palin because she was the best fit for my campaign, and my decision had nothing to do with the bogus tax return attacks currently being waged by the Obama campaign. I have the highest respect for Governor Romney and his record of public service, and he will make an outstanding president."
    — 2 years ago
    #lol  #john mccain  #mitt romney  #sarah palin  #politics 
    Romney’s doing a bus tour: name Mitt’s bus! →

    Taegan Goddard reports on a bus tour that Romney’s planning:

    The Washington Post reports Mitt Romney “is trying to seize momentum with a five-day bus tour through small towns across six battleground states.”

    And how excited is Mark Halperin? THIS EXCITED:

    […] Mark Halperin: “Interesting thing about Romney’s just-announced battleground state bus trip: (1) It includes Michigan; if Romney can put his father’s home state in play, it is an Electoral College game changer; (2) all of these states have small towns and rural areas that are not the President’s electoral strength and where Romney can gain an advantage if he runs up the kinds of margins George W. Bush did in 2004; and (3) watch to see if this trip draws network correspondents and/or big-foot print reporters, who, on most every day for the last several months, have been absent from the Romney roadshow. (4) notice what family members and surrogates join the journey and what roles they are assigned.”

    I have my own list of things I wonder about this bus tour:

    1. Will Romney be allowed to interact, one on one, with people who don’t make millions of dollars? That usually doesn’t go well.
    2. If he is allowed to interact, unsupervised, will reporters be barred from filming it?
    3. Halperin is excited about Romney’s potential in small towns and rural communities — in other words, does that mean we should expect some low level dog-whistling and talk of Kenyan births?
    4. What new way can Mitt screw up the presentation of pastries? He’s already embarrassed himself with cookies and donuts.
    5. Will there be a dog be strapped to the roof of this bus?
    6. Will local teachers, firefighters and cops turn out to cheer Romney’s plans for them?
    7. Will Mitt will share his Mormon-based religious beliefs with the base? (KIDDING! Of course he won’t)
    8. Will Mitt and Marie Antoinette fly to each small town ahead of the tour bus, a la Palin? If not, will the underpaid housekeepers on staff be expected to ride along as well?
    9. What uber-patriotic, gun and Jesus loving, semi-fascist name will the tour bus be given?

    We should name Romney’s bus. There was the hilarious “Country First” on McCain’s bus. And Palin, in her typically FU Haterz! fashion, named hers “One Nation” (I don’t think anyone ever found out the purpose of that tour). So maybe Romney’s could be “Let poor people buy their own money” or “Apocalypse Now.”

    — 2 years ago
    #humor  #news  #politics  #religion  #bus tour  #country first  #dog whistling  #GOP  #John McCain  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #one nation  #Republicans  #sarah palin  #small towns / rural communities  #tea party 

    Two Republican Nominees: John McCain stood up to the voices of extremism in his party and the Obama campaign asks why Romney won’t do the same. (Hint:because Romney is not in possession of a backbone?):

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    — 2 years ago
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #donald trump  #john mccain  #extreme elements of gop base  #backbone  #birthers  #racists  #president obama 
    WHO ELSE IS FILLED WITH FLIP-FLOP? Sen. John McCain →

    Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Sunday walked back on his 2008 attacks on current GOP hopeful Mitt Romney for his record of killing jobs as the head of Bain Capital. During a 2008 campaign stop in Florida, McCain had blasted Romney for taking over companies and laying off “thousands of workers.” “I think he managed companies and he bought and he sold and sometimes people lost their jobs,” the Arizona senator explained at a January 2008 debate. […] “This is the free enterprise system,” McCain insisted. “The only place in the world that I can recall where companies never failed was the old Soviet Union. This is what investors do in the free enterprise and capitalism system.” “And, yes, the free enterprise system can be cruel,” he added. – Raw Story

    — 2 years ago
    #news  #politics  #john mccain  #mitt romney  #bain capital  #defending romney  #republicans  #lol 
    DEEP THOUGHTS OF THE ONE PERCENT: John McCain →

    John McCain, defending Mitt Romney’s Bain record: “Yes, the free enterprise system can be cruel.”TPM 

    Has Juan McCain ever missed a Sunday talk show? 

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #john mccain  #defending romney  #bain capital  #life is cruel!  #lol  #loser  #free enterprise  #vulture capitalism 
    Sen. John McCain wants campaign finance reform again, so guess where he goes for support:  McCain said Tuesday he could join Democrats once again to form a bipartisan coalition, even though it would annoy the Republican leadership. […] The Disclose Act introduced by the Whitehouse in March would require any group that spends $10,000 or more on election ads or other political activity to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours. Reports would detail the nature of expenditures over $1,000 and reveal the names of donors who give $10,000 or more. The legislation would also require that outside group advertisements include “stand-by-your-ad” disclaimers listing the biggest donors. Forty-three Democrats have co-sponsored the legislation, but no Republican has endorsed it. – TheHill.com

    Sen. John McCain wants campaign finance reform again, so guess where he goes for support:  McCain said Tuesday he could join Democrats once again to form a bipartisan coalition, even though it would annoy the Republican leadership. […] The Disclose Act introduced by the Whitehouse in March would require any group that spends $10,000 or more on election ads or other political activity to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours. Reports would detail the nature of expenditures over $1,000 and reveal the names of donors who give $10,000 or more. The legislation would also require that outside group advertisements include “stand-by-your-ad” disclaimers listing the biggest donors. Forty-three Democrats have co-sponsored the legislation, but no Republican has endorsed it.TheHill.com

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #john mccain  #campaign finance reform  #sour grapes  #democrats  #disclose act  #republicans  #NO republican backers 
    Mitt Romney’s mantra: Avoid John McCain’s mistakes (PALIN!) – Many of the current strategy discussions are centered on not falling into the traps McCain did: looking wobbly as a leader and weak on the economy in the final weeks of the campaign. The private discussions include ruling out any vice presidential possibilities who could be seen as even remotely risky or unprepared; wrapping the entire campaign around economic issues, knowing this topic alone will swing undecided voters in the final days; and, slowly but steadily, building up Romney as a safe and competent alternative to President Barack Obama. McCain, according to Romney advisers, blew it on all three scores. And of the three, the most conscious effort by Romney’s team to do things differently will be in the V.P. selection process. One Republican official familiar with the campaign’s thinking said it will be designed to produce a pick who is safe and, by design, unexciting – a deliberate anti-Palin. The prized pick, said this official: an “incredibly boring white guy.” – POLITICO

    Mitt Romney’s mantra: Avoid John McCain’s mistakes (PALIN!) – Many of the current strategy discussions are centered on not falling into the traps McCain did: looking wobbly as a leader and weak on the economy in the final weeks of the campaign. The private discussions include ruling out any vice presidential possibilities who could be seen as even remotely risky or unprepared; wrapping the entire campaign around economic issues, knowing this topic alone will swing undecided voters in the final days; and, slowly but steadily, building up Romney as a safe and competent alternative to President Barack Obama. McCain, according to Romney advisers, blew it on all three scores. And of the three, the most conscious effort by Romney’s team to do things differently will be in the V.P. selection process. One Republican official familiar with the campaign’s thinking said it will be designed to produce a pick who is safe and, by design, unexciting – a deliberate anti-Palin. The prized pick, said this official: an “incredibly boring white guy.” – POLITICO

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #john mccain  #sour grapes mccain  #sarah palin  #risky or unprepared  #vp pick  #anti-palin  #mccain's mistakes  #gop  #republicans  #lol 
    JOHN MCCAIN STILL (hilariously / sadly?) trying to convince us he chose Palin in 2008 because of her ‘qualifications’ — Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC’s “This Week” that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?” “I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008,” McCain said, “and I know it will be Mitt’s.” – POLITICO
Seriously. Just STFU, McCain. 
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    JOHN MCCAIN STILL (hilariously / sadly?) trying to convince us he chose Palin in 2008 because of her ‘qualifications’ — Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC’s “This Week” that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?” “I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008,” McCain said, “and I know it will be Mitt’s.” – POLITICO

    Seriously. Just STFU, McCain. 

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    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #john mccain  #john f--king mccain  #stfu  #sarah palin  #'qualifications'  #mitt romney  #vp choice  #2008 

    YOUR LIBERAL MEDIA Sunday Show lineup: Five shows and only one woman was invited to represent over half of humanity, and CBS’ Face the Nation wisely chose Michele Bachmann for that job. And ABC This Week has a very special guest, one who very rarely makes tv appearances, so get your Tivo ready: John McCain! 


    — TPM

    — 2 years ago
    #sunday shows  #politics  #news  #michele bachmann  #john mccain  #cbs  #abc  #this week  #face the nation  #your liberal media