Yesterday morning, “top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials” provided a classified briefing to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about the September 11 attack on an American outpost in Benghazi. Five of eight Republicans on the committee failed to show up, including John McCain. So what caused McCain to miss this important meeting? Why, he was busy holding a press conference about his demand for more information on Benghazi, of course. We guess even McCain is embarrassed by how that turned out, because he was even more crotchety than usual when a CNN reporter asked him about it today:
When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing …. 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?”
When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”
Yes, being called out on your own bullshit can be quite upsetting.