McCain skips Benghazi hearings to hold presser demanding Benghazi hearings

John McCain is a grandstanding hypocrite who is still reliving the 2008 election.

There’s no other explanation for why McCain would run up and down the halls of the Senate, demanding hearings to find out what “really” happened at Benghazi and what the administration “really” knew, while actual hearings on Benghazi were taking place this week in the very committee John McCain sits on, and he didn’t even bother showing up.

McCain basically refused to take “yes” for an answer.

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McCain is now claiming that he missed this most important hearing ever because of a “scheduling error.”  Gee, what else was more important than something that McCain thinks merits “Watergate-style” hearings?

Wait for it…..

Alexander Abad-Santos of the Atlantic Wire recreated McCain’s schedule and the actual hearing schedule, and put them side by side in order to find out what “scheduling error” forced McCain to miss the Benghazi hearings that he’s been demanding for weeks.  And what do you know: The “scheduling error” that prevented John McCain from attending the Benghazi hearings was John McCain’s own press conference demanding Benghazi hearings.

The man was so fixated on having Benghazi hearings that he missed the actual Benghazi hearings.

It’s kind of like if Moby Dick began with Captain Ahab catching the white whale, and then letting him go.  It’s difficult to play the martyr when you already got what you wanted, and said no.

Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod wasn’t going to let that moment pass:

CNN’s Dana Bash says, in the video below, that “most of the Republicans” didn’t even go to the classified briefing on Benghazi.

Of course, what is McCain’s little cohort in this charade, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, doing while this is happening?  Graham is busy using the Libya tragedy for campaign ads.  That was so kind of Ambassador Stevens to help Senator Graham out by dying.

These are the same Republicans who are claiming they’ll stop Susan Rice from becoming our next Secretary of State because of all the supposed unanswered questions that would have been answered at the classified hearing they didn’t even bother going to.  (The fact that McCain, who picked Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate, thinks he’s qualified to opine on the qualifications of anyone for national office, is ironic to say the least.)

When McCain was first asked why he didn’t go to the briefing that he’d been demanding, he got a wee bit testy, per CNN:

When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.

“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.

Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”

And I suspect a number of Americans will be upset that John McCain’s best excuse for why he chose to play hooky, from what he’s describing as the most important hearing ever, is that he got confused.

Good thing he’s not sitting in the Oval Office.

Here’s CNN’s piece on it:

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30 Responses to “McCain skips Benghazi hearings to hold presser demanding Benghazi hearings”

  1. Milo Bendech says:

    There’s a big difference

    1. going to war with Iraq because you “thought they had weapons of mass destruction”
    2. calling the attacks on Benghazi an act of anger instead of an act of terror”.

    The attack on Benghazi cost 4 US lives…and it wouldn’t have made a difference whether it was an act of terror or rage fuel by an anti Muslim video.

    The “WMD opps” caused 4,500 US lives, 8 years of war, 750 billion dollars… not to mention the 100,000 Iraqis who died as a result of the “opps” on WMD’s.

    We just need to get our perspectives straight.

  2. billylost says:

    so agree – having left us with the detritus of Sarah Palin he should be ashamed to say anything about anyone else – only Arizona would still idolize this poor, sad jerk

  3. deathtolibs says:

    Obama watched this in the white house as it unfolded. Being concerned about the safety of American citizens doesn’t sound hypocritical to me

  4. Dex says:

    BRAVO! Well said!

  5. Scigs6 says:

    McCain wants to be seen as someone who got answers to this situation, so later when he runs for another office he can say “see, i took a stand to get answers on what happened”. However, in reality he ends up looking like is a fool with Tyrannosaurus arms

  6. At one point I respected McCain, but ever since he lost to Bush in those primaries with Bush using some really slimy tactics… he’s slowly gone off the deep end. Time to hang’m up, John

  7. Naja pallida says:

    It is incredibly sad to see him out there yelling at a cloud, while the Senate goes on doing the work it was actually elected to do without him. Once again, a Presidential election has left Mr. McCain holding a giant bag of shit. He is so lost in his own ego that he doesn’t know which is the better choice, to put it down, or roll in it. For the third time, he seems to have chosen to roll in it.

  8. MyrddinWilt says:

    Oh now lookee here:

    Turns out McCain is about to lose his ranking member spot on the armed services committee due to term limits and the only other slot he qualifies for is Indian Affairs.

    So this whole panty-twist about Benghazi seems to be mostly about creating a new Committee so Senator McSenile has a whole new platform to grandstand from.

    Perhaps what they should do is to grant him his wish and create the Committee but give it absolutely no staff and hold no hearings or meetings ever.

  9. Stan says:

    stock photo fail

  10. Mark Whitney says:

    and Robert Byrd, Mitch McConnell, etc.

  11. Mark Whitney says:

    it work for Strom Thurmond for all of those years,

  12. RealZonie says:

    Maybe we can hold another congressional hearing on why all the republicans were given the wrong time or something. Everything seems to be a conspiracy and like usual, a hearing on something that has been explained is more important than facing something that can be used against you in the next election. I.e. Fiscal Cliff compromise.

  13. RealZonie says:

    Can’t hardly argue with any of that. He was a carpetbagger when he got here to run for office. He’s had his issues, but, used to be independent, not dependent.

  14. karmanot says:

    I never liked the guy. He stopped being a hero the day he left the front gate of the Hanoi Hilton and sold himself to the highest bidder.. He was a corrupt, morally dicy f’ck up and only his military royal family kept him from washing out. His dissertation at the War College was considered mediocre and how he ever gained standing as an expert on foreign policy beggers the imagination. He has been wrong on virtually every military policy for the past thirty years. He is a bag of anger, self pity, smoke and mirrors. Now that he’s gone senile, it ain’t a pretty sight.

  15. karmanot says:

    It’s time for the McCain family to intervene. There is nothing more pathetic than a senile loser. McCain now believes his own false narrative.

  16. Butch1 says:

    The grand hypocrite of them all pontificates in front of the microphones and when he is called out on it gets all “uppitiy” saying “Who in the hell are YOU to be questioning ME about where I’m supposed to be!” This idiot forgets that he is a servant of the people and is voted into this office and is NOT a king. We can ask him all the questions we want of him and he WILL answer them.

    This ass needs to get out of that senator’s seat and retire. It should go to someone who actually can do the job and not grandstand trying to ruin someone’s career.

  17. Jimmy says:

    It’s really sad, but what a buffon this man has become.

  18. MyrddinWilt says:

    Like always he was doing his job for his party and himself, not the job his state elected him to do or the job the country pays him for.

    And the shit has stuck this time – To McCain. I think this is going to mark something of a decline in McCain’s press standing.

    Given that he is dancing a jig calling for Rice to be impeached and deported over repeating an error in the briefing she was given by the CIA, one might think that McSenile might have taken responsibility for getting to the right room to find out about it.

  19. tony t says:

    can badger others but can’t handle it back.

  20. RealZonie says:

    McCain is looking for a public witch hunt. He’s even willing to throw his former hero, Patreus under the bus for political reasons. Still butt-hurt over total rejection by the American people twice. I used to like the guy. He needs to retire to his ranch and his wife’s family money.

  21. Canyon2 says:

    You said exactly what I was thinking. He wants to be in front of the cameras and this was a closed door without his ability to “show off”. Just retire John, you are a bitter old man and nothing will change that.

  22. nicho says:

    Every time this old fool opens his mouth, I say a small prayer in thanksgiving that he wasn’t elected. I can’t believe 59,000,000 people voted for this old coot.

  23. nicho says:

    I think doddering around the Capitol as a senator is a form of retirement.

  24. colleen2 says:

    Exactly right. Senator McCain is simply doing his job and hoping that his shit sticks somewhere

  25. Nefercat says:

    ““Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?””

    We are your employers, that’s who we are, Senator. And we have every right, as the people who pay your salary, to ask why you were not doing the job we pay you to do, which includes active and conscientious participation in the committees of which you are a member.

  26. Dave of the Jungle says:

    John, retire. Seriously.

  27. caphillprof says:


  28. MyrddinWilt says:

    To be fair to McCain, what he was calling for and what was taking place were two different things.

    The closed door hearing was to give Senators information on what actually happened. What McCain was looking for was an opportunity to be seen on television pontificating.

  29. RepubAnon says:

    Undoubtedly Mr. McCain will be invited to all the Sunday talk shows to expand upon his concerns the Benghazi – and, of course, the subject of why he and most of the rest of the Republicans missed the briefing on this very subject will be off-limits.

  30. SoLeftImRight says:

    This pathetic old fool needs to retire. Perhaps if he doesn’t like being bothered by the media asking legitimate questions about his priorities as a supoosedly leading Senator, he might not expect them to cover his blathering about the dire need for hearings he can’t be bothered to attend. Ass.
    And totally agree that anyone who chose Caribou Barbie as a running mate is not qualified to judge anyone’s qualifications. That choice alone should have resulted in him retiring in shame. But as we know, Republicans have no shame.

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