Susan Rice, America's ambassador to the UN, and the woman that Obama wants to succeed Hillary Clinton at State, is meeting with John McCain, at her request, to discuss what the fuck his problem is McCain's concerns over her response to the Benghazi attack.If you need the background on McCain's opposition to Rice's appointment to Secretary of State, read this. It seems to me that while there may be people at fault over Benghazi, Rice isn't one of them (actually, the person with more to answer for is David Petraeus). She gave what proved to be a misleading characterisation of the attacks in the days after they happened, because she was reading from what proved to be a misleading CIA briefing note.
McCain knows this but is intent on shooting the messenger. Why? Well, the key to everything with John McCain is to understand that he views all of US politics through a singular prism: does this represent a slight to me or not? For McCain, the political is very personal.
By opposing Rice, he can get back at Obama, who slighted him by winning the presidential race in 2008. He can also get back at Rice herself, who, as one of Obama's team during that campaign, made a catty comment about his tendency to grandstand:
So that's what this is all about.
I think Rice would make a good SoS. First, because she's obviously very close to Obama, which makes her instantly powerful in negotiations with other countries. Second, I like the fact that she's quite an undiplomatic diplomat, who believes strongly that foreign policy involves moral rights and wrongs, and that some people are simply assholes and ought to be addressed as such.
But let her get confirmed first. In this meeting, she needs to grit her teeth and sooth McCain's sensitive ego - to stroke his hair and tickle his belly (I am speaking figuratively).
UPDATE: So, uh, that went well.