McCain the Obstructionist?
On Face the Nation today discussing the potential nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State:
SCHIEFFER: Until then, you will remain opposed to her nomination?
MCCAIN: Under the present circumstances, until we find out all the information as to what happened, I don’t think you would want to support any nominee right now. Because this is very very serious and it has even larger implications than the deaths of 4 Americans. It really goes to the heart of this whole light foot print policy that this administration is pursuing.
It is, of course, stuff like this that makes me write as much as I have about the Benghazi situation. How this is an even that justified theoretically blocking any nominee for State is beyond me and strikes me as profoundly partisan and silly.
Beyond that: my position on cabinet nominees is that if a president nominates a qualified individual for office there has to be a truly compelling reason for the Senate to oppose that nomination. Petty partisanship does not qualify.