McCain Must Fall on His Sword Over Benghazi
His attacks on Susan Rice went too far: Michael Tomasky
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2012 5:32 PM CST
Sen. John McCain clowns around on the podium during sound check the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Now that John McCain's merciless criticism of Susan Rice over Benghazi seems off-base—at least according to CBS—should he fall on his own sword? "Live by the moral sword, die by it," writes Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast. In an angry article, he criticizes "an unctuous McCain" for "standing before the cameras and lambasting Democrats in highly moralistic language for politicizing such a sensitive tragedy." Ultimately Tomasky asks whether McCain will quit over "this embarrassing crusade."

Tomasky acknowledges that McCain deserves "more than three strikes" because of his long track record—but "foist[ing] Sarah Palin upon an unsuspecting nation" was one, and becoming more conservative to fend off primary challengers in 2010 was another. Tomasky may have timed his article well, because McCain softened his criticism of Rice today, the Guardian reports. And at the National Review, Mark Steyn seemed to dismiss the Benghazi hearings and referred to Rice as the "soon-to-be Secretary of State." Click for Tomasky's full piece.

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Nov 26, 2012 9:56 PM CST
McCain should be admitted to the Old Cranks Home where he can reminisce with "people" like Abe Simpson.
Nov 26, 2012 3:04 PM CST
Facts on this subject are pretty widely know. Embassy attack was coordinated attack on 9/11 anniversary. Embassy and CIA called for help multiple times. Drones watched the attack over 7 hours real time. Four American's died, including the Ambassador. CIA immediately indicated this was a terrorist attack to the White House. Instead of attacking McCain, why don't people ask some pretty obvious questions? For example, on 9/11 weren't we expecting terrorists to attack our interests? Didn't we have a plan to help our embassies? Did the President know our embassy was under attack? If so why wasn't help sent? Wasn't a military response warranted? So far the best I hear from the can't-see-past-my-(blue)-party-colors crowd is personal attacks on McCain.
Nov 26, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Falling on your sword implies that he has integrity...of which McCain clearly has none!