Oh, man. I could be missing something. But I can’t remember a White House response to a GOP legislator as straight-up harsh as what spokesman Nick Shapiro told Greg Sargent after Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, called for John Brennan to resign after his “you’re serving al-Qaeda’s interests” op-ed. Is Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, going back to North Jersey? Just listen to Shapiro:
“Through his pathetic attack on a counter-terrorism professional like John Brennan who has spent his lifetime protecting this country under multiple Administrations, Senator Bond sinks to new depths in his efforts to put politics over our national security.”
Usually the White House is so conciliatory! If anyone ever doubted President Obama’s confidence in Brennan, that should resolve any hesitation. Has Obama’s team responded with so little sugar coating to any other Republican on any other issue?