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Saturday, January 25, 2014

McCain masterfully trips up Obama's pick for Norway Ambassador

Goes full smartass in typical McCain mode, during Senatorial hearing

(FULL-LENGTH 4 MINUTE VIDEO HERE.  INCLUDING REPUBLICAN SENATOR RON JOHNSON OF WISCONSIN EMBARRASSED FOR THE BUMBLING NOMINEE LENDS AN ASSIST) 

by Clifford F. Thies 

The first of Obama's nominee for Ambassador is, you may recognize her yourself, the former Miss Teen South Carolina. 

The second is Mr. Money Bags. His qualifications: He contributed raised $1.35 million for the Obama campaign and other Democratic committees during the 2012 electoral cycle. 

From Yahoo News, "Watch what happens when Obama picks a top donor as ambassador":
In the 2012 cycle, Tsunis and his wife, Olga, are listed among the “top individual contributors” on the strength of having given $267,244, roughly 89% of which went to Democrats and 10% to Republicans. 
In all, he raised $988,550 for Obama and gave $300,000 to Democratic super PACs and $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund. Tsunis became a Democrat in November 2009 — after giving $50,000 to Republican Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign.
So it’s perhaps fitting that it was the tart-tongued Arizona senator’s questions that elicited his sloppy confirmation hearing performance last week (it starts at about 1:14 here). 
To recap: Tsunis described Norway as having a president (“apparently under the impression that the country is a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy,” as the Local Norway's News notes dryly). And he characterized the anti-immigration Progress Party as being among “fringe elements” who “spew their hatred” and have been denounced by the government. That prompted McCain’s disbelieving answer: “The government has denounced them? The coalition government — they're part of the coalition of the government.” 
McCain, already flummoxed by the apparent inability of Obama’s choice to be ambassador to Hungary to list strategic U.S. interests there, closed his questioning with a bit of sarcasm: “I have no more questions for this incredibly highly qualified group of nominees.”
Editor's comment - What a putz! C'mon.  You think he'd spend a few hours on-line learning some basics about the country he wants to be Ambassador too.  A few Google searches, Wiki read perhaps? 

4 comments:

Jerry said...

This speaks once again to the frat boy mentality of Obama. You don't need to be competent, just be able to fill a position. This is what political gimmes are all about.

Chuck said...

Ambassadorships have always been political rewards.

Rational Nation USA said...

Chuck would make a good Ambassador to Russia. Maybe if Romney gets nominated again, rumor is he's laying plans, and actually wins Mitt might give ole facist Chuck the nod.

Rational Nation USA said...

Chuck and Glad would get along great. Two peas in a pod.