Thanks to Kirsten Powers on Twitter, I found this story about a dozen women lawmakers in Congress (all liberals) are defending UN Ambassador Susan Rice from John McCain and GOP criticism over her BenghaziGate testimony, and the possibility of her being nominated for Secretary of State.
"It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities," Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation's top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two vowed to block any Senate confirmation if she is nominated.
The House women, a majority of them African-American, lashed out at McCain and Graham and demanded that they retract their criticism.
"To batter this woman because they don't feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch," said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis. "Their feckless and reckless speculation is unworthy of their offices as senators."
Said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.: "We will not allow a brilliant public servant's record to be mugged to cut off her consideration to be secretary of state."
So, as usual, its the "race card" and depicting Susan Rice as a "battered woman," instead of asking legitimate questions about who told her to falsely claim the Benghazi attack on 9/11 was due to a stupid YouTube video.
As I have listened to leading Republicans denigrate Ambassador Susan Rice, I am struck by how unfair this attack is, how untruthful it is, and how at odds it is with their past actions.
The truth is, when Ambassador Rice was asked on Face the Nation about the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, she shared exactly what she and the Congress had been directly told at the time by the intelligence community.
But she also said that this information was preliminary, stressing that an investigation had begun, and warning that "we'll want to see the results of that investigation to draw any definitive conclusions."
She was not spinning. She was not twisting the truth. She was simply being forthcoming with the best information available at the time. And for that, she is now being viciously attacked by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Never mind that Barbara Boxer on many occasions viciously attacked Bush's Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with false claims of lying about intelligence on the Iraq War, even going so far as to claim what cost would it be to someone like the SOS who doesn't have children.
When Condoleezza Rice was nominated in 2005 to be Secretary of State, it was Boxer who led a brutal, partisan attack against her, and the snotty California Senator was not afraid to join hands with former Kleagle/Exalted Cyclops from West Virginia, the late Sen. Robert "Sheets" Byrd (D-KKK) in going after Rice.
Funny, but I don't remember the Congressional Black Caucus or any of these phony civil rights groups screaming "racism" or "sexism" then.