Between almost weekly appearances by Senators Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman and John McCain on Meet The Press, Face The Nation, FOX News Sunday, This Week, State Of The Union, not to mention daily air time on FOX, you may have heard that McCain is in a bit of a snit over how the White House handled itself (so what else is new?) in disseminating information in the wake of the attack in Benghazi. McCain's been camera-ready 24-7 and demanded answers, (some of which he missed when he didn't bother to show up at a hearing) called for investigations, and threatened to block the nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State, if and when President Obama chooses to nominate her.
Sadly for him, not only did President Obama tell McCain to get off the White House lawn starting with a press conference a couple of weeks ago, but all of McCain's conspiracy theories have been debunked and the only "threat" he has left is basically this:
"Fine! I'll just block ALL your nominees for Secretary of State then! Harrumph, and good day!"
You know, because he's a patriot and a "war hero."
Ah, but all is not lost! There is one scandal brewing out there in need of exposure, a transgression so shocking that it begs for an investigation, and John McCain is just the man for the job. An injustice beyond reproach! A mystery in the making with the possibility of a conspiracy involving President Obama. Intrigue, rumors, and gossip. Why, it's tailor made for the FOX-GOP-TV audience. But on a serious note, there's also drama, and while any chance for Peace is already gone, our very Liberty may be at stake:
Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious.
"Not suspicious?" What say you, John McCain?
Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird.
"I appreciate where you're going with this," Aloisi told CNN.
"But I assure you that these birds are extremely well cared for." The decision to euthanize the bird was made by a veterinarian in consultation with Mount Vernon's livestock department, she said.
Where IS CNN going with this, exactly? Well, we may never know, because unlike most Sunday mornings, this week John McCain is only appearing on one show, on another network. He could have been on with Crowley or Zakaria, but no! Instead of talking turkey with sources at CNN, he took the easy route by beating a dead horse over his debunked conspiracy theories with Chris Wallace on FOX.
Peace had served as the understudy for Liberty, another turkey, at the 2011 pardoning ceremony by President Obama. Obama chose to pardon both birds to spare them from the fate of the plate.
But pressed on details about Peace's death, and what was done with the carcass, Aloisi deferred. "Honestly, I work in marketing," she said, defensively. "We have a 500-acre facility."
The facility - historic home of President George Washington - includes a landmark mansion, farm, wharf and the Mount Vernon Inn.
Asked if the inn serves turkey, Aloisi hedged. "That's a good question. I assume so," she said.
The inn, in fact, boasts of "costumed servers" who serve "delicious regional and colonial cuisine" including a "Roast Turkey Dinner" for $17.50, according to the inn's web site.
Aloisi said turkeys have short lifespans, especially those bred for eating. The timing of the death was "curious," Aloisi allowed, but not suspicious.
"I know that it was done in a humane manner but I don't know the mechanics," she said.
There are clearly many questions here that deserve answers! Illness? Likely story! These birds were given White House pardons and sent to live out their days in a place of historic significance, and yet it seems one of them met with foul play. What part of "pardon" did those at the Inn not understand? Was it an accident?
Or was it.......MURDER?
Or worse, was it a conspiracy? Were those turkeys merely given a pardon for the cameras (wink, wink) when all along they were really destined to be the daily special served up by "George Washington" himself? Is the question that really needs to be asked: "What did the President know and when did he know it?" You just know that's a question he would LOVE to be able to ask the President, so where is John McCain when you need him? Because there's more:
Mount Vernon anticipates receiving more turkeys following this year's pardoning ceremony. "We were very prepared to have all four birds live here," Aloisi said.
At the Nov. 23, 2011, pardoning, President Obama said Peace was "going to retire to a life of leisure at Mount Vernon - the same place where George Washington spent his golden years."
But now Peace is dead.
There you have it. A whole new investigation for John McCain that would make no sense whatsoever.
Because that's what John McCain does.
Because this "patriot" and "war hero" isn't worried about national security nor is he really interested in getting to the bottom of what happened in the attacks in Benghazi. Sure, he rants and raves about the tragic deaths of those Americans at the hands of terrorists, but for McCain it's merely rage for the wrong reasons: all political ones. So "concerned" is he about national security and protecting Americans from terrorists that he would prevent us from having a Secretary of State period. Just to hurt the President.
But yes, debunked conspiracies or not, you can be sure he'll be on FOX bright and early Sunday morning feigning outrage with Chris Wallace, one turkey to another.
So predictable. Whichever way the political winds are blowing, you can find the blowhard John McCain ready and willing to take advantage of the politics of the moment, especially while on camera.
During his appearance on FOX News Sunday, he backed off a little from his stance on UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and illustrated his main interest now lies in focusing most of the blame on the President, as I mentioned above.
"Sure," McCain said to the question of whether Rice could do anything to change his mind about her. "She can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. I'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her."
Responding to a follow-up question on whether that means McCain is now open to voting for Rice if nominated, McCain replied: "I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position, just as she said. But she's not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States who in a debate with Mitt Romney said that he had said it was a terrorist attack…"