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Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in International, Politics, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 8 comments

What’s Behind McCain’s War on Rice?

David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

A longer view suggests something much more than McCain’s last hurrah for attention.

Eight years ago, when Democrats (not including Barack Obama and Joe Biden who voted to confirm her) were harrumphing about Condoleeza Rice’s appointment to the job, McCain nailed them with an accusation:

“I wonder why we are starting this new Congress with a protracted debate about a foregone conclusion. I can only conclude that we are doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness over the outcome of the election.”

Since then, McCain has become a case study in lingering bitterness as he morphed from outspoken maverick to cranky old conservative with a hair-trigger temper.

His behavior now recalls the Karl Rove campaign in 2000 primaries against Bush to paint him as psychologically damaged by his years as a POW.

The long history of that subject embraces the Stockholm Syndrome of bonding with captors through the Manchurian Candidate right up to the current award-winning Showtime series “Homeland” in which a Marine held for years by Middle East terrorists is freed to become a covert agent for them as he rises up the political ladder.

Beyond such paranoid fantasies is the reality of John McCain, a carefree son of Navy privilege who came back from captivity to serve in the Senate and run for President with every expectation of ending in the White House until W and then Obama derailed him.


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  • The_Ohioan

    I was mistaken (nothing new); I thought the faux outrage was a ploy to damage Ms. Clinton before the 2016 election. However, it may be to affect a senatorial special election and that would explain the fierceness of the political attacks.

    If they can put Rice in an unconfirmable situation, they might get another senate seat in Mass. If Sen. John Kerry is given a cabinet position in either State or Defense a special election would have to be held in Mass. which opens a possibility for Scott Brown or some other Republican to be elected.

    Either of these scenarios makes more sense than manipulative maverickism.

  • dduck

    IMHO, he is just pissed at how things have worked out (Obama and such)and he is killing the messenger, in this case cooking Rice.
    It would have been a better crusade, whoops, a better witch hunt if he had Clinton in his cross hairs, but alas she seems to have been out of town and out of reach.

  • zusa1

    The Ohioan, I see you’ve got your MSNBC/Rachel Maddow talking points ready today.

  • zephyr

    In his final days on the public stage, John McCain is acting out his own lingering bitterness against the only target available to him, but in the depths of his own mind Obama is almost surely not the only object of his inner rage.

    Exactly. It’s a sad thing to see. It seems more and more that McCain would be doing himself (and the rest of us) a favor by retiring from politics altogether. Of course there is that ego thing that gets in the way..

  • The_Ohioan


    Yes, Rachel, Hot Air, and NYT all had that take on it. There has to be something other than pique to make such a stink about so little. I’m sure there are other objections to Ms. Rice, but a Senate seat is no small consideration. Of course it still could be about Hillary in 2016; this President has been so successful against al Queda that they need something to get back the lead on defense that has been so successful for them

  • dduck

    Ohio, ” Of course it still could be about Hillary in 2016; this President has been so successful against al Queda that they need something to get back the lead on defense that has been so successful for them”
    Besides killing OBL, what else?

  • zusa1

    Ohio, see….conservatives do watch more than Fox! 🙂

  • The_Ohioan


    I don’t know; do we need anything else? Drone attacks all over the world against al Queda leaders?


    If only they all did! 🙂

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