Looks like Grandpa McCranky-Pants McCain is still irritated over the exchange between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rob Johnson at her hearing this Wednesday. And as we've come to expect, the man's hypocrisy meter is completely broken: The pot accuses the kettle of having an 'adoring media':
At yesterday's Senate hearing on September's Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a series of questions, all of which seemed rather familiar. Indeed, the odd thing about McCain's inquiries is that he would already know the answers to all of his questions if he'd familiarized himself with the publicly available information, including the findings (pdf) of the independent investigation.
And while I was willing to let that go, McCain's appearance on Fox News this morning was even more difficult to endure. [...]
Clinton never said it "didn't matter" how the four Americans were killed. She said the opposite.
As was obvious to anyone paying attention, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was preoccupied with preliminary intelligence reports about a possible protest in Benghazi and Clinton said that was irrelevant as compared to the death of four Americans -- and she was correct.
If McCain found this too confusing to understand, perhaps the Senate Foreign Relations Committee isn't the best place for him to serve.
What's more, Clinton has "an adoring media"? This from a man who spends so much time on the Sunday shows that he has his mail forwarded to green rooms? This from a senator who's so adored by the D.C. political establishment that he's considered reporters his base?
Yep. Heaven forbid McCain ever turns down a chance to get his mug in front of the camera, just like his BFF Lindsey Graham. If there's ever a day where I don't have to see either of them on the television again, it can't come soon enough.
Transcript below the fold.
CAMEROTA: Senator McCain, let's talk about what happened on Capitol Hill yesterday when Secretary Clinton came in front of you to talk about Benghazi. What did you learn yesterday?
MCCAIN: Not much. Not much. She was called feisty according to the mainstream media. She obviously has an adoring media. She really didn't answer any questions. Her response to Senator Johnson about whether there was a spontaneous demonstration or not, saying it didn't matter. It didn't matter how these people died? That was stunning. That was really stunning. Of course it matters. It matters for a whole lot of reasons, including to the families and Americans because the American people deserve to be told the truth, and they were not told the truth in her talking points.
CAMEROTA: Well, her points that she went on to say after she said it didn't matter was basically there are four Americans dead. Forget the message. Forget the messaging, the labeling. What are we doing about it? Where are the people who are being prosecuted? Where are the suspects in custody? Is that for her to answer or the FBI, and why don't we have answers about that?
MCCAIN: We don't have answers because they haven't done anything. One thing they called it an FBI investigation, which is a criminal investigation. This was obviously an act of terror. But by saying it doesn't matter, then that sets aside or diminishes the importance of all the measures they failed to take. There were warnings. There was attacks on a British ambassador. There was a request to keep an additional security force there because of the rising threat. It was obvious that there was, including rather urgent messages sent by our ambassador back to Washington which she said she never saw.
I was in Tripoli with Christopher Stevens on July 7. He was deeply concerned about security there. A CNN reporter found a message from him weeks later in the burned-out consulate. So, look, this thing has been, it’s been a cover-up. It, I'm sorry to tell you that probably the adoring media will now say, “Well, that chapter is over.” Well, it's not over for the families of those who have sacrificed needlessly, in my view, and it's not over because we are not changing our policies because we let this happen in Libya and it continues to happen.