Soledad O’Brien does it again. The hypocrisy of Republicans looking for any reason to scream “Impeach!!” is stunning. Of did Joe just get his Rices confused?
What the Heck?
GOP Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada:
You don’t put somebody out who doesn’t know about the issue and just have them go out to feed us the information that the administration wants put out. So we have to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, and certainly the Senate will hold confirmation hearings, if she’s nominated…”
“Isn’t that exactly analogous to what happened to Condoleezza Rice, who John McCain supported, and who Lindsey Graham supported?”
“Condi Rice was in a position to be able to be the face, and the information was wrong. But here we had wrong information, and weeks later we had the administration coming back saying, well this person had nothing to do with the situation…”
“Let’s walk through that more slowly — let me walk through that more slowly so you don’t lose me. So you’re saying the issue in both cases, weapons of mass destruction and information intelligence coming to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, both cases the information was wrong. What you take exception with is what the White House did later. Is that what you’re saying?“
“You’ve lost me completely.”
“Charles Blow, help me. Forgive me. I’m not being facetious at all…. He’s saying nobody said that Condoleezza Rice didn’t have anything to do with the situation.”
“What I was trying to figure out is, are you saying that Condoleezza Rice actually should have known, because she had more intimacy with the information and then still said something that she knew was wrong– In fact, Susan Rice is a sacrificial lamb because she was put out as the face of the administration but she didn’t know anything? In fact, it’s more of a defense of Susan Rice than it is a condemnation of Susan Rice.”
“Forgive me sir, will you walk us through this one more time. You think it’s different because Condoleezza Rice actually had first-hand knowledge?”
“Blahblahblahblah… public face… Rice Rice Rice… failures… blahblahblah.”
“I feel like you’re saying, from your own comments, that Susan Rice had nothing to do with either of those things. She didn’t have something to do with the intelligence failures, which I believe you just said. And it looks as if she also had no knowledge at the time, so she’s cleared on that front… Why would you possibly blame her then?”
“I’m not blaming Ambassador Rice.”