The Carney - McCain slugfest, a rough way to start at CNN for the former Obama staffer.

The Carney – McCain smackdown, a rough way to start at CNN for the former Obama staffer.

WATCHING IT live after President Obama‘s sobering march to war speech, the Carney – McCain verbal bout was a spectacle even for cable TV.

Partial transcript via Politico:

I’m astounded Mr. Carney should say that the Free Syrian Army is now stronger, in fact they’ve been badly damaged,” McCain said, one of several people on CNN, including host Anderson Cooper and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who grilled Carney. After McCain’s statement, Carney quickly cut off the Arizona Republican.

“Well that’s not what I said senator, what I said if I could sir, is we know a great deal more about the makeup of the opposition,” Carney said, before McCain jumped back in.

“Oh come on Jay, we knew all about it then. You just chose not to know. I was there in Syria. We knew them, come on, it’s your boss is the one that when the entire national security team wanted to arm and train them, he turned them down,” McCain said.

“Senator, look, I think we have to agree to disagree on this,” Carney responded.

“No, facts are stubborn things Mr. Carney and that is his national security team; including his secretary of State said we want to arm and train and equip these people and he made the unilateral decision to turn them down and the fact that they didn’t leave a residual force in Iraq, overruling all of his military advisers is the reason why we’re facing ISIS today,” McCain said.

Julie Mason’s SiriusXM show today will be entertaining. She’s not exactly a fan of Jay Carney’s work for the Obama administration, with his debut performance as CNN’s senior political analyst a rough one.

h/t Talking Points Memo