February 11, 2013
Benghazi scene
The scene in Benghazi last September. (Esam Omran al-Fetori / Reuters)

Bob Schieffer of CBS News knows that his purpose on “Face the Nation” is to wring news out of his guests. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) complied in yesterday’s edition, telling Schieffer how disappointed he was that the White House has failed to outline in detail President Obama’s actions on the night of the Benghazi attacks last Sept. 11.

Disappointed enough, that is, to take some action: “I don`t think we should allow [John] Brennan to go forward [with] the CIA directorship, [Chuck] Hagel to be confirmed for secretary of defense, until the White House gives us an accounting,” said Graham.

At that point, Schieffer turned into Sunday morning bulldog, seeking to nail down the details of Graham’s plan. He pushed the South Carolina lawmaker once:

SCHIEFFER: But let me — I’m not sure I understand. What do you plan to do if they don’t give you an answer? Are you going to put a hold on these two nominations?

Twice:

SCHIEFFER: Let me just make sure, because you’re about to make some news here, I think. You are saying that you are going to block the nominations — you’re going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this?

Thrice:

SCHIEFFER: Now, John McCain has already said he doesn’t think the Republicans ought to filibuster this. What will you do?

GRAHAM: I’m not…

SCHIEFFER: You’re just going to put a hold on it?

Quatrice:

SCHIEFFER: What would they have to do then to bring this to a vote?

After all that, Graham said he wasn’t thinking of a filibuster. It’d be a different parliamentary tack, as he explained to Schieffer: “I`m going to ask my colleagues, just like they did with John Bolton. Joe Biden said no confirmation without information. No confirmation without information,” said Graham.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.