For John, BLUF: Members of the House of Representatives have condemned two Senators in the strongest possible terms. Now what are they going to do? Nothing to see here; just move along.
A Dozen Ladies of the House have pulled the pin on the nuclear hand grenade. This is over the fact that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called into question the qualification of US UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State, based upon her performance after the Benghazi Incident. Frankly, I think the two Senators are flat out wrong to say that she "lied". She failed to give us the truth, but her performance was based on the "talking points" she was handed by the Administration. But, maybe the two Senators think she should have been smart enough to know that it wasn't the "video"♠ and the mob by the time she went on television.
That said, there are reasons aside from the Benghazi Imbroglio for why one might not wish to have Ms Rice as the Secretary of State. One of them is that we are doing a pivot to Asia and she is not an Asia expert.
But, back to the Ladies of the House, if they are going to accuse the two Senators of Sexism and Racism they are pushing the limits on their ability to condemn the two. They now have no reserve, no backup condemnation. They have shot their wad.
The problem with having a nuclear weapon is that eventually the other side gets their own. The US had the nuclear monopoly in 1945. But, on 29 August 1949 the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test, FIRST LIGHTNING. I am sure that the Dozen Ladies of the House see no way that the Republicans could find a moral equivalent to their charges of sexism and racism, their nuclear weapon, but history suggests that something will happen to even things out.♥
The Republicans could back off, but then the Dozen would be stuck with an Administration that lied to the American people over Benghazi for no discernible reason. And trampled free speech in the process. The Republicans are demanding that Amb Rice appear before the Senate. I agree with that. I also hope she does well. That doesn't mean that I prefer her to Senator John Kerry for the SecState job. On the other hand, I am not keen on the Senator either.
Regards — Cliff
♠ And the thing about the "video" is that the most "vile" accusation contained therein is that of genocide. The Egyptian Muslims are trying to wipe out the Egyptian Copts, per the video. After the Copts, who? First they came for the…. Hasn't anyone seen the video?
♥ One sometimes senses that the Democrats are not good at history.