"In all due respect to my colleagues — and I obviously respect their views — General Hayden is really more of an intelligence person than he is an Air Force officer," McCain said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "I think that we should also remember that there had been other former military people who have been directors of the CIA."
As AP's Nedra "Pickles" Pickler points out:
If Hayden were nominated and confirmed, military officers would run all the major spy agencies, from the ultra-secret National Security Agency to the Defense Intelligence Agency.
This thought should have government hating Conservatarians and black helicopter wingers absolutely wetting themselves in frustrated fury. Heck, listen to Saxby Chambliss (R-Swift Boaters)
who said Hayden's military background would be a "major problem,"
Even Arlen Specter, who has never seen an issue that he can't take both sides on, is drumming his tiny fingers on his desk in, well, deep seated concern:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he would use a Hayden nomination to raise questions about the legality of the program and did not rule out holding it up until he gets answers. "I'm not going to draw any lines in the sand until I see how the facts evolve," Specter said on Fox.
Of course, since he said it on Fox, it's really just code words for "I'm really a Republican stooge, I just play a Senator on TV. Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more." So it doesn't count one bit.
But ol' Straight Talk McCain, you'd think he would grow some stones. Instead they shrivel up smaller everytime he basks in Der Leader's radioactive glow.
But I'll ask the same question here that I asked Sen. Russ Feingold at the blogger's lunch a few weeks ago:
With GWBush's numbers well into the lower 30s, with Rove looking like a probable indictee sometime soon, with the Abramoff, Cunningham, DeLay, Libby, Burns, Doolittle, Scanlon, Goss et al scandals continuing to develop, exactly what 'juice' did (/Rove) Bush have? What could he threaten (/Democrats) Republicans with that carried any weight?
Why doesn't this little twerp, who clearly has given up any of his hard earned prisoner of war credibility, just tell GWBush to shove it, and take control of the Republican Party? Hell, that would be the Left's nightmare. McCain is the only Republican that could arouse any interest from the Left, however misguided it might be. But as GWBush's lifeboat continues to take on water, McCain is bravely trying to bail him out, not realizing that it's sinking.
Go Johnny go!