One would think that one crying jag would be enough, that one temper tantrum would suffice for one our leading Senate Republican crybabies. Apparently not.
Baby Lindsey Graham is at it again.
On one of the Sunday shows yesterday, Baby Lindsey allowed as how he was going to try to place holds on the nominations of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and John Brennan for CIA Director if he didn’t get what he considered sufficient answers about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. What he actually said…trying to sound patriotic instead of hysterical…was that there would be “no confirmation without information.”
Now, it is worth noting that, not two weeks ago, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Senator Graham is a member. It is also worth noting that Senator Graham had his opportunity to question Secretary Clinton and, presumably, get the answers he claims he is so desperately seeking now. Instead he used all of his time to criticize the Secretary and call her competence into question. It seems a poor use of time for a man…Baby…who now intends to hold up to nominees to the President’s National Security team for lack of such answers.
Nor is this all. The administration provided a two-hour briefing for Senators late last year, covering all the ground then known about the assault on the consulate. Senator Graham and his playpen-mate little Johnny McCain chose to absent themselves from that meeting to they could spend the time at a press conference attacking U.N. ambassador Susan Rice…then thought to be a leading candidate for replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State…for things she’d said on Sunday morning talk shows in the wake of the Benghazi attacks. Apparently, once more, Senator Graham passed on an opportunity to get the answers he says he must have to allow a vote on the President’s nominees.
Once again Senator Graham has proven that he is not a serious person to whom the nation’s affairs should be entrusted. He is not interested in governing. He’s interested in whining and crying and demanding that serious people pay attention to his antics. In this he has a perfect partner in Senator McCain who seems more interested in calling attention to himself than he is in the affairs of state. On the other hand, he accidentally did something mature by suggesting he would not be a party to filibustering Senator Hagel’s nomination. Apparently, he’s leaving Senator Graham to try to block that particular nomination.
One keeps hoping the adults will take charge of the R’s in Congress. One apparently hopes in vain. There don’t seem to be any.