MSNBC host Joe Scarborough questioned whether U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has “the temperament” to serve as Secretary of State, on Morning Joe on Tuesday, despite the fact that he had praised several male foreign policy principals with temperament issues of their own.
Though Scarborough rightly dismissed the GOP crusade against Rice for reasons related to the attack on the Benghazai consulate as “a clown show,” he also made some questionable assertions about Rice’s emotional fitness to be the nation’s top diplomat:
Let me say it again, does Susan Rice have the temperament to be secretary of state? There are a lot of people — Democrats — who will tell you privately that just maybe she doesn’t. But we’re not talking about this.
Scarborough does not appear to apply this test to men in similar positions. He gave former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger fawning treatment as an expert on his show — a man who once said “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern” and who Christopher Hitchens describes as “a man with a long, proven record of concealing evidence and of lying to Congress, the press, and the public.”