“With great respect, that's one of the dumbest questions I've ever heard.”
— Republican Senator John McCain, responding Wednesday to a reporter who asked whether the potential national security threat posed by the Petraeus affair outweighed that of the Benghazi attack.
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scalingup78
scalingup78

He never heard "Who is Sarah Palen [sic]?" or "What is a 'Sarah Palen' [sic]?" or "Alaska has a whole bunch of electoral votes; you betcha!"

mscarborough
mscarborough

But, of course, if President Obama had been caught having an affair, there would have been impeachment proceedings underway already.

stormeagle
stormeagle

The GOP outrage about this is pretty hypocritical - for instance, how about the Iraq War (and thousands of deaths and billions of dollars) being wasted on a lie about weapons of mass destruction.

These guys are unbelievable. 

BobJan
BobJan

John McCain needs to retire. I honor his service and his time in a POW camp. But he suffers from PTSD. And the republicans in Congress are out of touch with life.

MrObvious
MrObvious

With great respect and McCain - two things that should not associated since he destroyed his 'legacy' in 2008.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

OTOH, President McCain didn't seem to feel a need to ask Bush and that Rice about their little deal that began with three thousand deaths, continuing into Iraq where many thousands more died.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

John McCain is the dumbest answer to the dumbest question ever asked by Republicans. "How can we combine our repugnant social agenda with our reprehensible fiscal policies, while claiming none of the business acumen we falsely flaunt and avoiding any appearance of realistic foreign policy ideas?" Then, there was a thunderclap, and that crusty fart John McCain was born fully formed, springing from the forehead of Ronald Reagan.

Pollopa
Pollopa

You know he probably used this quote alot when talking with Sarah on what it takes to be VP.

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

Hahahahaha!!!  An idiotic comment like that, from the moronic McCain whose only military distinction was getting shot down five times in Vietnam, and then selecting Palin as his vice presidential candidate!  Talk about dumb!

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

As Saint John's stock goes up,again, with his constituents.

I'm sort of surprised that only Christie has figured out McCain's trick-be abusive to the media, they eat that up.

TyPollard
TyPollard

Irrelevant McCain is never out of the limelight thanks to the adoring media that used to adore Petraeus just days ago.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

John McCain knows a thing or two about dumb assertions.

outsider
outsider

That's kind of interesting. 

Because obviously McCain thinks Benghazi is a bigger deal. 

A bigger deal than the DCI possibly compromising national security. 

I smell politics. 

InisideEye
InisideEye

Bill Clinton had already set the standard, there is no way Obama can be impeached, unless he lies about it....but we all know he tells the truth. Democrats love this stuff....anything goes.

JoeKidd
JoeKidd

@stormeagle 

Something Obama has had no trouble with continuing. Seems to me, liberals have an issue with war if a Republican is President. But, if a Democrat is President, then, hey, no problemo.  

Wars started by Republicans

Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan

Wars started by Democrats

WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and I left the first chronologically to be named last - The Civil War. Started by the Democrats and a Republican, Abraham Lincoln had to fight it to keep the Union together.

 But, yet, the Republicans get called the war mongers. Why is that?

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@Paul,nnto If there were any price to pay for being wrong inside the Beltway, there wouldn't be one.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@outsider2011 Nah, I'm with McCain on this, for two reasons.  One, this affair obviously cannot be used for blackmail, because Petraeus has copped to it.  Two, Americans actually died in Benghazi.  Benghazi is an actualized threat, Petraeus is a possible perceived threat.  It's a dumb question.With that being said, of course, I also don't believe that the Administration behaved wrongly in the Benghazi case.  

BadBranchCharlie
BadBranchCharlie

@InisideEye And right-wingers lie so much, I don't believe they're capable of distinguishing fact from fiction any longer.  Not that they ever *cared* about it, anyway...

MickeyCashen
MickeyCashen

@JoeKidd @stormeagle  I agree the Dems are warmongers relative to Republicans, but I disagree they're opposed wars under GOP Presidents.  They supported Iraq 1 & 2 and Afghanistan funding.  It's been the GOP that tried to keep us out of WW2, with Lindbergh and other top Republicans saying we should be siding with Nazi Germany.  FDR had to play every trick in the book -including the Lend Lease Act- to get help the Churchill and the UK over GOP objections in 1940-41.  It was the GOP under Nixon who said we needed to recognize the Communists as the legitimate rulers of China (and he was right). The Civil War began in 1861 after Lincoln and a GOP Congress were elected in 1860.  The reason Republicans are being called warmongers now is because the far right is trying to erase the memories of Democrats who served in the military and who should be honored, make it look the Dems are anti-military, and make it look like only far-right extremists are "patriotic."

outsider
outsider

@Arimathean @outsider2011 

Fair enough; but the entire beghazi thing come from the right is nothing but a witch hunt - straight and forward. Just like they tried to make Fast and Furious. As they tried to make White Water. 

But you know - Bush gets a pass for just about everything he did, including lying about his service. 

The hypocrisy is sickening.