Senator John McCain has found a new target for his ire over the Benghazi tragedy: the Director of National Intelligence, who was revealed yesterday as the culprit who removed references to terrorism from Susan Rice's Benghazi talking points. The revelation puts pay to McCain's suspicions that the cuts were made by a corrupt White House eager to cover its tracks - but now the senator is furious that the DNI denied responsibility during earlier hearings on the attack.
On Tuesday afternoon McCain released a statement explaining his frustrations. It's notable that in the statement McCain no longer blames Rice for garbling the talking points. That's a big turnaround, since in the past week McCain has repeatedly called Rice "incompetent" and alleged that she's "not very bright."
McCain's reversal on Rice has now inspired the hashtag campaign "#ApologizeMcCain," which had become the #1 Twitter trend at 10pm on Tuesday.
The AZ senator is also facing unwonted ridicule from the mainstream press on this topic, with headlines like "John McCain Was Too Busy Complaining About Benghazi to Attend a Senate Hearing on Benghazi."