McCain Gets His iPhone Wish

As a political columnist who has been guzzling the Cupertino Kool Aid in the late Steve Jobs’ “Reality Distortion Field” from the days of the original mid-80s 128k Mac, I just had to wonder.

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Geritol) groused to Apple CEO Tim Cook at a multinational corporate tax hearing last month as to why Sen.… [Read more]

Washington Musical Chairs

It’s senior-level Musical Chairs time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., with the just-announced resignation of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. In some enjoyable rubbing-salt-in-Republican-sore amusement, the White House is appointing embattled Benghazi piñata United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice to succeed Donilon. Experienced former White House human rights adviser, Prof. Samantha Power is the nominee-apparent to go to New Yawk City as Ambassador to world body to fill Dr.… [Read more]

Susan Rice as National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser director Tom Donilon is resigning. That may not be big news to some; the bigger news is that Pres. Obama is set to appoint Susan Rice to the position.

The Phoenix Rises…Susan Rice at the NSA

Last year Ms. Rice was expected to be nominated to become the next Secretary of State to replace outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton, but Republicans vehemently blocked her prospective nomination after criticising her for presenting talking points — after the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans including a U.S.… [Read more]

Polls, Politicians and Public Attention – Wrapping Up the Week

Another week, another wrap-up. The problem is that this past week feels like déjà vu all over again as the news cycle spit out one story after another about the “scandals” of Benghazi the IRS and even “umbrella gate.” Yeah, ‘umbrella gate’ — in which the far right has lost what remains of its senses by throwing yet another hissy fit over a Marine holding an umbrella for the President as he delivered a speech during the rain.… [Read more]

Cruisin’ for Bruisin’

Watching this week’s news cycle made me think of this song’s title. How often must we, the public, be subjected to the same nonsense spewed as ‘doing the work of the people’? This week it was revealed that the political wrangling disguised as an inquiry into the tragic events in Benghazi is nothing more than misinformation and twisted facts.… [Read more]

Benghazi Buffoonery

The continuing Benghazi debacle on Capitol Hill has all the marks of a Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood blockbuster. Starring the Marx Brothers.

“Impeachment,” hinted Sen. James “Lousy Okie Pilot” Inhofe (R-Okla.) as he made another pass at Runway ‘X’ and as construction workers scurried to safety. Inhofe is still mad at the Federal Aviation Administration for questioning his airmanship skills.… [Read more]

Hillary is STILL way out of your league.

In one of her last official acts as America’s most-travelled Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared Wednesday to testify about the tragedy in Benghazi which killed our Ambassador and three others.

Republicans were waiting to get their last licks in on Secretary Clinton (and pray she doesn’t run for President in 2016.) Complaints from the freshman cheap seats and from the past their  ‘Sell By Date” fossil obstructionists didn’t stick, except perhaps in the muddled mouthpieces of Fox News.… [Read more]

Al Qaeda in Libya?

While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s impassioned back-and-forth with Senators Ron Johnson and John McCain were the highlights of her testimony during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack for most media outlets, my attention was drawn to another portion of the hearing.

During his questioning of Clinton, Ranking Committee Member Sen.… [Read more]

McCain’s Agenda and the Inquisition of Susan Rice: Shooting the Messenger.

“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” ~ John Belushi (1949-1982), National Lampoon’s Animal House

Did the normally restrained President Obama learn some “ya wanna a piece of me” South Shore bluster from his pre-Election Day Hurricane Sandy bromance with Joisey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)? Or did our Chief Executive stand up for a competent staffer instead of throwing her under the bus for cheap political points?… [Read more]