Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday night that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has “destroyed his own reputation” with the fatuous claim that the White House email prepping Susan Rice for her post-Benghazi appearance on the Sunday talk shows had nothing to do with Benghazi.
McCain seems a little shocked at the behavior of Carney, whom he and everyone else around town knew, as McCain describes it, as a “pretty straightforward journalist.” Also a pretty good one.
What McCain and many others in Washington don’t get is that Carney is a true believer. He has slogged it out as press secretary for three years now because he is devoted to the cause. True belief is difficult for many in Washington understand.
They figure he’s just being crafty, like everyone else. Well, he is crafty, but he also believes.
Carney may may be so drunk on the elixir of Obamaism that he has convinced himself his patently false claim, which would have melted him into tears of laughter when he was a reporter, is the truth.
McCAIN: I have never seen anything like, after nineteen months, the emails concerning their priorities, and the president’s spokesperson saying it had nothing to do with Benghazi. Now that has reached a new point.
VAN SUSTEREN: You’re talking about Press Secretary Jay Carney
McCAIN: I’m talking about Jay Carney. Now Jay Carney, I knew him for years. I knew him as a pretty straightforward journalist. He has destroyed his own reputation by that statement, that what was clearly was the talking points – that had nothing to do but (with) Benghazi – saying it had nothing to do with Benghazi. That, to me, is an all time low for a presidential spokesperson.