Nice Things Like Susan Rice

Susan RiceI don’t care about the politics. I don’t care who “won” in this fight regarding Susan Rice. Her decision to take herself out of contention for Secretary of State is the perfect example of why we can’t have nice things. And this fits very well with my last article about the apocalyptic conservatism of Marc Thiessen. In this case, it is John McCain, of course. Without the maverick miscreant, the others would not have followed and this whole “controversy” would not have received any traction at all.

John McCain is a sad and bitter old man. I’ve written about this a lot.[1] He is the ultimate symbol of how the Republican Party deals with defeat: with vengeance. No keep calm and carry on for them! No. These are the “throw the Monopoly board up in the air rather than admit defeat” kind of people.

Your party reacted badly to the Benghazi attack? Don’t admit to your error and move on! Much better to trump up a controversy and find a relatively powerless innocent who you can beat up on! That feels nice, doesn’t it?

Election didn’t go your delusional way? Don’t reflect on it and reevaluate the way forward! Much better to grab your most notable and embarrassing fiasco and use it to wreck the economy. Remember what we learned in Ben Tre, “We have to destroy the country in order to save it”! That feels real good, now doesn’t it?

I understand disagreement. I have very strongly held political opinions. But I also understand that I’m wrong about things from time to time. I don’t like it when Democrats lose or voluntarily cave on things I feel are important. But I would never harm this country because I didn’t get what I wanted. And I think that is generally true of the Democratic Party. It was also once true of the Republican Party. But no more.

So it is no wonder that the best and brightest that our culture produces—people like Susan Rice—decide that it just isn’t worth it to take our most important jobs. And this is why we can’t have nice things.

[1] Here are some of previous writings on John McCain:

24 September 2010

I constantly hear of “war hero John McCain” but almost never “war hero John Kerry.” But I had never heard anything about what made McCain a hero other than being a POW and passing up early release available to him because of his powerful father. Thus, I looked up his war record. There is a lot of George W. Bush in the young McCain, but he did receive a Bronze Star and the Navy Commendation Medal—an award considerable less prestigious than the Bronze Star. His Bronze Star was for dropping bombs on Viet Nam—not exactly what I think of as heroic, but okay: he got the award and I guess we can call him a hero.

John Kerry, on the other hand, won both the Bronze Star and the Silver Star—for acts of heroism that I could never see myself doing. By any definition, Kerry is as least as big a war hero as John McCain. And yet, during the 2004 election, Republicans were more than willing to shit all over Kerry’s heroism in the name of politics. And to this day, McCain is the “go to” man in the Senate when it comes to the military—not John Kerry. Could it be that we are not forever hearing about “war hero John Kerry” because he happens to be a member of the Democratic Party? That he is generally against war?

Is it any wonder that we are perpetually at war when the only people we look to are warmongers who mostly have never seen war. And I include people like McCain who only saw the war from a horrible POW camp and a mile above land.

1 December 2010

For years, I’ve been saying that John McCain is no maverick. He’s vengeful: after losing to George W. Bush, he did what he could to poke him in the eye, and that sometimes meant not holding extremist conservative views—which were and still are his stock and trade. But this made him look like a maverick when, in fact, he was just pissed off. Last night on Countdown, Dan Savage said something that McCain is, however. When Keith Olbermann asked Savage why the military leaders’ opinions and this huge military study are not enough for McCain on the issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Savage responded bluntly, “Because, not to put too fine a point on it, McCain is a bigot.”

20 April 2011

Paul Krugman makes an excellent point on his blog today:

One thing I guarantee you: if John McCain were living in the White House, these same people would have lots of good things to say about the stimulative effects of deficits in a depressed economy.

I know it’s an excellent point, because I’ve been making the same point for some time—particularly about healthcare. Note that “Obamacare” is exactly what John McCain campaigned on. Had he become president, I’m sure that we would have got the same plan. The only difference would have been that conservatives would have embraced it. It would not have been a major battle to get it passed. And the reason is clear: authoritarians (thank you John Dean) don’t stand for anything but standing in line: “for us and against them”—regardless of what “they” stand for.

19 July 2012

I am so tired of McCain getting credit for this. He said this on 10 October 2008. By that time, he was 90% certain that he had lost the presidency. His countering this woman was his effort to save what little dignity he had left. Had the race been a dead heat, John McCain would have pandered as much as, say, Mitt Romney this last year.

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