World’s most brilliant TV liberal speaks with Rich about Rice: Ever so slowly, Rachel Maddow is trying to find the sweet spot.
She's trying to find the way to discuss Susan Rice without get her own self in trouble. Rice has been slandered again and again—and powerful interests support this mob action.
Result? Last night, Rachel tried it again, offering this formulation as she spoke with Frank Rich:
MADDOW (11/13/12): On the issue of Benghazi, the president is trying to put together his second-term cabinet. There's been a lot of talk where John Kerry is going to go, whether he would be secretary of state, whether he might be secretary of defense. There’s this question about whether Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, might be elevated to secretary of state.According to this adorable child, it was “the Republicans” who did this to Rice. For career reasons, she can’t say that many big foot mainstream players have advanced the same line too.
And the Republicans, of course, tried to turn it into a national scandal that she commented after the Benghazi attack and said that, at that point, best intelligence indicated it might have something to do with that protest about the film. The intelligence community essentially later changed its mind saying, no, they don’t think it’s related. And the Republicans have tried to hang her out to dry on that subject.
Do you think that’s over, or do you think if she gets the secretary of state nomination, that’s a real hurdle for her?
That sort of thing just isn’t done!
Whatever! Last night, in this amended account, how close did this darling child come to getting it right? For our money, Our Own Adorable Former Rhodes Scholar still gets a C-minus, at best.
On those famous September 16 Sunday shows, did Susan Rice really say that “best intelligence indicated it might have something to do with that protest about the film?”
In our reading, Rice didn’t actually state a view about why those “extremists” armed with those “heavy weapons” came to the consulate that night and “hijacked” ongoing events.
Meanwhile, has “the intelligence community” now “essentially said” that the attack on the consulate wasn’t related to the film? We haven’t seen that either. Nor has there been a final, official report.
Slowly they turn! Darling children have to be careful when they challenge preferred story lines. Gigantic careers can hang in the balance if they look at the actual transcripts and report the actual facts.
If they dare to mention the fact that it wasn't just "the Republicans." People, it just isn't done!
Yesterday, Kevin Drum was able to perform this service. What keeps our most adorable child—Our Own Rhodes Scholar!—off in the weeds this way?
Frankly, what Rich said: Frankly, Rich wasn’t much better. This was his response:
RICH (continuing directly): I don’t think it’s a real hurdle if she gets it. And frankly, I don’t think Republicans want to go up against a very distinguished African-American woman in public life with no grounds whatsoever.That was it! Rich pleased us liberals by playing a race card, while saying as little as possible.
This is the way these life-forms move. In all matters involving Standard Press Scripts, they turn extremely slowly.