McCain to Kerry: "What You’re Doing is Talking Strongly and Carrying a Twig"

"Sure we may fail. And you want to dump it on me?" Kerry replied.

McCain cheered on Kerry for his current job and the two men generally get along well. But what did McCain really think was going to happen with Kerry at the helm?

“Secretary Kerry, I watched with great interest some of your comments. And may I say, I think you’re about to hit the trifecta. Geneva II was a total collapse, as I predicted to you that it would be. The only tangible result is that people who went to Geneva for the Free Syrian National Council, their relatives were kidnapped. The Israeli-Palestinian talks are, even though you may drag them out for a while, are finished. And I predict you, even though we gave the Iranians the right to enrich, which is unbelievable, those talks will collapse too,” McCain said.

“On the major issues, this administration is failing very badly. On the issue of Ukraine, my hero, Teddy Roosevelt, used to say, talk softly but carry a big stick. What you’re doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick — in fact, a twig,” McCain continued.

Kerry became irritated by McCain’s assertions and chose to respond defensively.

“I think it’s important to do this. Sure we may fail. And you want to dump it on me? I may fail. I don’t care. It’s worth doing. It’s worth the effort. And the United States has a responsibility to lead, not always to find the pessimism and negativity that’s so easily prevalent in the world today,” Kerry said.

McCain comes off as the cranky sharp-tongued figure he should have been during the election, while Kerry just sounds whiny.

Senator McCain has plenty of flaws, though more on domestic policy than foreign policy, with the exception of his troubling Syrian obsession, but Kerry's whiny response sounds like it comes straight from his protesting days.

"Sure we may fail, but at least we're optimistic instead of like being so negative, man."