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Bill Maher speaking about the Republicans and Benghazi “They want so bad to find a smoking gun, and there just isn’t one.  There is no smoking gun.  How sad is that?  Someone in America, not able to find a gun.”


Posted May 14, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Jon Stewart “You may be wondering why, for Benghazi, Congress has held nine full hearings, including one closed hearing, why Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen issued a full accountability report chastising the State Department for their systemic failures, and why Benghazi has generally emerged as a rallying cry for the President’s opponents, when during the Bush administration there were 54 attacks on diplomatic targets that killed 13 Americans, yet garnered only three hearings on embassy security, total, and zero outrage on Fox. So, why is this attack so different for Republicans?”

Rep Michele Bachmann (R-MN) “This makes Watergate look like child’s play, Meghan.”

Stewart “Oh, that is serious. That’s not a term that people through around lightly. Oh, sorry, she was talking about Solyndra. Do we have anybody talking about Benghazi?”

Rep Louis Gomert (R-TX) “This is far worse than Watergate.”

Stewart “Far worse than Watergate. There you have it. Benghazi is far worse than Watergate. Sorry about that. He’s talking about the fast and furious. The movies? ‘Cause I didn’t care for Tokyo Drift…Oh right, the thing with the guns, and the tracing of them. Well, If fast and furious was far worse than Watergate, what’s Benghazi?”

Rep Steve King (R-IA) “If you add Watergate and Iran Contra together and multiply it times maybe 10 or so, you’re going to get into the zone of what Benghazi is.”

Stewart “Holy bleep. Watergate plus Iran Contra times…So, you’re saying, that the incident, where by order of the President of the United States, people broke into the Democratic headquarters to bug it, to gain strategic advantage in a Presidential election, and then covered that up by trying to use the power of the Presidency to squash the Justice Department and then added that to the Regan administrations secret deal to sell arms to Iran in exchange for hostages and money that could then be funneled to Central American right wing death squads, end parentheses, times 10. Well, I’m in, how could it not be?”

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Stewart “We begin tonight with the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  It was a tragic situation where American lives were lost.  And in the three months since the attack, legitimate questions of adequate embassy security, America’s overall efficacy in fighting the war on terror, and the intricate dance twixt national security and the public’s right to know, have all been distilled down, thrown out, and replaced with this one urgent conclusion concerning current Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.”

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) 11-14-12 “I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States Secretary of State.  She’s not qualified.”

Stewart “That’s Senator John McCain, continuing his seven year quest to negate every good thing he’d ever done prior to that.  This time leading the charge to preempt an, as of now, hypothetical Obama nomination for Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton.  Why?  Because five days after the Benghazi attacks, Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows and said this.”

Dr Susan Rice 9-16-12 “The best assessment we have today, is that, in fact, this was not a preplanned premeditated attack.  That what happened initially, was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo, as a consequence of the video. “

Stewart “We know that that’s wrong now.  And, we now know that many in the Obama administration knew immediately that that statement was wrong.  That the attacks were not angry film critics, but Al Qaeda, or one of Al Qaeda’s AA teams, the Ansar Al Sharia Mudhens.  So, Susan Rice met yesterday with Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte to clear the air.  How’d that go?”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 11-27-12 “Ambassador Rice, I think, does not do justice to the reality at the time, and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong.”

McCain 11-27-12 “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers we got, and some that we didn’t get, concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate.”

Stewart “Here’s the deal.  They may be right.  Though, on the scale of public misstatements, Rice’s comments seem to fall towards the embarrassing evidence of institutional disorganization, end of the scale.”


            Washington Misstatement Meter

Feeding W-M-D info to the NY Times reporter

“I did not have sex with that woman, ________”

That tweet wasn’t my dong

Mistakenly referring to mistress as ‘biographer’

Polio?  No, I don’t have Polio!  I just enjoy sitting!

** Embarrassing evidence of institutional disorganization

Private admissions of hatred for half of country

Broken promise to quit smoking


Stewart continues “But, here’s the thing.  These two (Graham and McCain) don’t get to be the ones to self-righteously get angry about this.  They’re upset that she may have passed bad intel, wittingly or un, to the American people.  Remember these two from a decade ago?”

McCain 10-9-02 “Saddam Hussein continues to acquire, amass, and improve on his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.  He continues to acquire, attempt to acquire, a nuclear weapon.  These are all well known facts.”

Graham 12-19-01 “Let’s act now to get rid of a tyrant who’s abused and killed his own people, who’s procuring weapons of mass destruction, substantial evidence to that effect.”

Stewart “I remember all that from their hit blog, S#&t old guys who unnecessarily get us into wars say.  Of course, it’s probably not a one to one comparison.  Unfortunately, that’s not really, it’s not a one to one comparison, because while Susan Rice admitted to the error within weeks, these two still refuse to acknowledge that invading a country based on information from a source named Curveball, was actually considered to be a pretty (terrible) idea at the time.  If only we had a more direct comparison to make here.  Sort of a one to one.  Like another high ranking government official, passing what they knew at the time was misleading intelligence to the American public, on a Sunday news show, also in line to become Secretary of State, and was African American, and a woman, and let’s say, her name was also Rice.  That’d be something.”

Condoleeza Rice 9-8-02 “We do know that there have been shipments going into Iran, for instance, into Iraq, for instance of aluminum tubes that really are only suited to, high quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs.”

Stewart “She knew that was BS at the time.  What would a John McCain or a Lindsey Graham say about a woman like that’s qualifications for Secretary of State?”

Graham 1-27-05 “To attack her personally is way over the line, because she is our face and voice to the world, and you’re not doing any American any good by sending her off with such labels.”

McCain 1-27-05 “But, I think it’s very clear that Condoleeza Rice is a person of integrity, and yes, I see this some lingering bitterness over a very tough campaign.  I hope it will dissipate soon.”

My letter to Senator John McCain 11-19-12   Leave a comment

I just sent this to Senator McCain:


Dear Senator McCain,

As a citizen of Vermont, I never quite know if it’s OK to express my opinion to another Senator, but with all of the comments on Benghazi, I feel compelled to write.  When Dr Rice first spoke on television, I heard her say she thought it was a demonstration linked to the video, but it was an armed group of attackers who killed our Ambassador and his guards.  The semantics of whether it was an Al Queda attack, or another armed group of thugs is irrelevant to me as a citizen.  We’re Americans.  We believe in living free.  That often exposes us.  Sometimes people attack us.  We always get them back.  It just seems like you are harping on a minor irrelevant point, and that is not what we need in America right now.

The Democrats just won big and are starting to strut their stuff.  We, the citizens of the United States, need you, the Republicans to be the calm voice of reason.  They tend to have a lot of hot headed ideas, and I love them for that.  But, we need balance.  We need to have you work with them in a calm professional way.  We need you to stop yelling at them, and just sit down and figure out the best way to move America forward, in consideration of how the states have elected their representatives.  I implore you, Senator McCain.  Stop with the Benghazi arguments and help bring the Democrats and Republicans together to quietly and efficiently get the job done for America.  Please be the man that I heard at a town hall meeting in Burlington, VT so many years ago.  I think you still have it in you, and hope that you do to.


Tim Lewis

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says a “scheduling error” is to blame after he missed a Senate hearing on the attacks in Benghazi on Tuesday and instead held a press conference where he called for an investigation into those same attacks.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported on Thursday that Ted Barrett, the network’s Senate producer, had an “intense very angry exchange” with McCain when he asked about why the senator had missed the hearing.

“I have to tell you something that just happened on Capitol Hill, and that is our senate producer Ted Barrett just ran into John McCain and asked about something that we’re hearing from Democrats, which is John McCain is calling for more information to Congress, but he had a press conference yesterday instead of going to a closed briefing where administration officials were giving more information,” Bash told CNN anchor Carol Costello. “Well, Ted Barrett asked John McCain about that, and it was apparently an intense very angry exchange and McCain simply would not comment on it at all.”

Posted November 16, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Should have been posted Oct 18 – Tim


Stewart talking about the second Presidential debate “But of course, Mitt Romney still had an ace in the hole, the Obama administration’s confused handling of the consulate attack in Libya that killed four Americans.”

Governor Romney “It was a terrorist attack, and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people.  Uhm, whether there was some misleading, or instead, we just didn’t know what happened, I think you have to ask yourself why we didn’t know, five days later when the ambassador to the United Nations went on TV to say that this was a demonstration.  How could we not know?”

Stewart “Boom!  Mr President you just walked into a Mittstorm.”

President Obama “The day after the attack, Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people, and the world, that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror, and I also said we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.”

Stewart “OK.  Forceful.  Remind the people that killing terrorists is kind of your thing.  But still, does not fully explain the colossal confusion fueled bleepups that were Benghazi.  As long as Romney doesn’t inexplicably walk into some weird nit-picky semantic trap, that hadn’t even really been set.”

Romney “I think its interesting the President just said something, which is that on the day after the attack, he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.”

Stewart “Oh boy.”

Obama “That’s what I said.”

Romney “You said, in the Rose Garden, the day after the attack, it was an act of terror?  It was not a spontaneous demonstration?”

Obama “Please proceed Governor.”

Stewart “There’s your first clue.  When you feel like you’re about to spring what you, Governor Romney, think is the checkmate moment of the debate, and your debate opponent says to you, ‘please, proceed.  Hold on, are you trying to open that door?  Allow me to open it wider. The door that you appear to want to walk through.’  But, when your opponent does that, you might want to take a breath and wonder if, a la Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner, that door your opponent is pointing to, is merely paint on a rock.”

Obama “Please proceed Governor.”

Romney “I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the President 14 days before he called that attack in Benghazi an act of terror.”

Obama “Get the transcript.”

Debate moderator Candy Crowley “He did in fact, sir.  So let it an act of terror.”

Obama “Can you say that a little louder Candy?”

Crowley “He did call it an act of terror.”

Stewart “Can you say it  a little louder Candy?  …  Please Governor Romney, proceed.”

Shows clip of Wile E. Coyote running into a cliff with a cave door painted onto it.

Stewart “It was that kind of a night for Romney.  And the evidence of Obama’s victory and resurgence was everywhere post debate.  MSNBC no longer seemed suicidal……and of course Fox News, well…”


Fox commentator 1.) “And the questions.”

Fox commentator 2.) “There were 11 of them, 6 were clearly pro Obama.”

Fox commentator 3.) “They were softballs”

Fox commentator 4.) “Topics that we haven’t heard much about.”

Fox commentator 5.) “Three extra minutes for Obama.”

John Bolton “Moderators in these debates should be part of the furniture.”

Fox commentator 6.) “Did she (Crowley) assist the President?”

Fox commentator 7.) “Mid sentence to fact check.”

Tucker Carlson “Threw the President a life line.”

Fox commentator 8.) “It’s the worst debate moderation.”

Fox commentator 9.) “What the heck is that about?”

Stewart “No, no, no.  Don’t help them.  Just let them cry themselves to sleep.  It’s the only way they’ll learn.”—the-second-debate—now-including-the-president—benghazi