ABC News frames this story as “John McCain is angry over President Obama’s latest pick for an ambassador.” Which is the wrong framing, ABC, and yet another example of why no one bothers to trust the MSM these days. Y’all just can’t help yourselves from making bad guys out of good guys and good guys out of bad. See: Ferguson, where the high armed robber who attacked a cop is the media’s “victim,” and the police officer who was doing his job is somehow the “villain.”
The right framing here is that Barack Obama, the man who promised hope and change and that he would run a clean, open and honest government, runs an opaque oligarchy for the rich has once again sold an influential post to one of his fundraisers. This time it’s Colleen Bell, producer of The Bold and the Beautiful — a daytime soap. She raised enough campaign cash for Obama to get herself appointed and confirmed by the Democrat-controlled Senate to become ambassador to Hungary. Obama misrepresented himself as this transformational figure, but he’s just a grifter like so many who have come before him.
Prior to the vote, McCain, R-Ariz., went on a tirade about how Colleen Bradley Bell, a soap opera producer and bundler for President Obama’s campaigns, is “unqualified” to represent the United States as an ambassador to Hungary.
“We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and The Beautiful,’ contributed 800,000 [dollars] to Obama in the last election and bundled more than $2.1 million for President Obama’s re-election effort.”
“I am not against political appointees … I understand how the game is played, but here we are, a nation [Hungary] that is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator getting in bed with Vladimir Putin and we’re going to send the producer of ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ as the ambassador,” McCain continued. “I urge my colleagues to put a stop to this foolishness. I urge a no vote.”
Regardless of McCain’s urging, the Senate confirmed Bell to the ambassador post with a vote of 52-42.
Which means that the Obama Democrats rubber-stamped his pick. They did it before they lose power next month.
ABC does point out that Bell was one of those Obama appointees who proved themselves clueless and evasive during Senate confirmation hearings.
MCCAIN: So what would you be doing differently from your predecessor, who obviously had very rocky relations with the present government?
BELL: If confirmed, I look forward to working with the broad range of society —
MCCAIN: My question was, what would you do differently?
BELL: Senator, in terms of what I would do differently from my predecessor, Kounalakis —
MCCAIN: That’s the question.
BELL: Well, what I would like to do when — if confirmed — I would like to work towards engaging civil society in a deeper — in a deeper —
MCCAIN: Obviously, you don’t want to answer my question.
After McCain’s rant on the Senate floor today, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., defended Bell saying she is “intelligent,” “successful,” and “knows how to make friends.”
Well under those qualifications Obama should send Dora the Explorer to become ambassador to Russia. She’s intelligent, resourceful, makes friends and she would forbid Putin from swiping more countries. Only two things stand in Dora’s way: She’s not real, and did she raise enough cold hard cash for the Obamessiah?