AFTER GOING out of his way to rant about the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi terrorist attack, Senator John McCain skipped out on a classified briefing on the attack on Wednesday. When asked about it by a CNN producer, McCain went off.
When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.
“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.
Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”
This arrogant response is representative of the entitlement of an elite group of politicians who think the media doing its job is an insulting intrusion on their privilege. It’s obscene.
McCain’s excuse was a “scheduling conflict.”
Known for having a very short fuse, this is another instance where McCain is caught lecturing someone else about not doing their job when he’s not doing his. Being caught out on his hypocrisy embarrassed him, which it should.
Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee briefing on Benghazi included McCain, and of course he plans to be present during the closed-door session with former CIA Director David Petraeus on Friday. It’s all stars on deck for that one.