Susan Rice was hounded by the yapping attack dogs of the Right. After weeks of being destroyed by the lynch mob mentality of the Right-wing media and cowardly Republican senators, Rice gave in and formally requested to President Obama not to chose her as as the next Secretary of State. They were probably hi-fiving in the Senate cloakroom. They dragged her reputation through the mud with John McCain, playing the part of Torquemada calling out Rice as, “not very bright.”
Not very bright? Susan Rice was the valedictorian of her high school class, graduated from Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986 and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Not very bright? Rice was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and attended the New College in Oxford. She served in the Clinton Administration most notably as a member of the National Security Council and as the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. She later would join the Brookings Institute.
Not very bright? Her tormentor John McCain graduated from the Naval Academy 894 out of 899. In 2008, he thought Sarah Palin was very bright and qualified to be the Vice-President of the United States.
I don’t have a prejudice against old White men. I have a prejudice against one specific old White man who destroyed a highly qualified and intelligent Black woman based upon nothing more but his repulsive ego, poisonous pride and nauseating vanity.
For the role he played in the destruction of Susan Rice, John McCain is a reprehensible human being.
Characterizing John McCain as an Angry Old White Man is not racist or ageist, and it is not an admission of bias toward White men. Angry, old, or otherwise.
It is accurate.
John McCain is angry. He has a history of displaying his temper in public.
John McCain is 76. That’s old.
John McCain is a White male.
Point of fact: John McCain is an Angry Old White Man.
I see how McCain has treated Rice and I see racism and sexism. Calling Rice “not very bright” when she clearly extremely bright and “unqualified” when her education, experience and training makes her superbly qualified isn’t simply McCain being obtuse. He’s been that way for some time now.
This runs deeper. This runs to his resentment about the young upstart who defeated him in his last bid for the presidency and how resolute and committed an adversary of President Obama he has made himself.
McCain’s relationship with Obama was frosty during his brief time in the Senate and the two men have maintained their adversarial relationship. They still don’t like each other. Like, at all. McCain is a relic of a different age where guys like Obama deferred to guys like him. The fact that he had his ass handed to him by Obama must burn like acid.
Enter Susan Rice. The perfect patsy for McCain to twist the knife in Obama just a bit deeper.
There’s no higher principle here. Republican senators have ignored security concerns at U.S. embassies for years and McCain didn’t call for Watergate-style hearing when Republican administrations lost people overseas. If he can read, McCain knows Rice was merely stating the case as presented to her without all the intelligence included. He just doesn’t care.
That’s where McCain’s ugly racism and misogyny kicks in.
This is just payback. Denigrate an otherwise qualified woman as nothing but an affirmative action hire to stick it to her boss that was considering putting her name up for promotion.
The politics of personal destruction win again as brought to you by the 2008 presidential election loser.
In the absence of a more convincing argument about why John McCain went after Susan Rice with such vehemence, I’ll stick to the most obvious one.
Those who have taken umbrage at contention have yet to offer a better one. At this point, I don’t think they have one.
- “Debilitated, Angry And Envious”: John McCain Descends Further Into Incoherence (mykeystrokes.com)
- Oops! McCain Once Offered Identical Assessment As Susan Rice On Benghazi Attack (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- John McCain Wants a Public Apology from Susan Rice (nymag.com)