Ooops, there it is! GOP’s incoming leader lets the truth slip about Benghazi

Hillary Rodham Clinton

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the man most likely to replace John Boehner as speaker, went on Fox News this week to try to bolster his standing as a tough guy among the Republican base. That’s what he has been told they want, so that’s what he attempted to give them.

As the segment opened, Hannity hit McCarthy with the results of a new Fox News poll: Sixty percent of Republicans feel they have been betrayed by their own political party, an admittedly impressive number. Are they justified?

“Yeah, they are justified,” says McCarthy. “I’m one of them too.” That’s an interesting confession from the man serving in the No. 2 position in the House, where he could see this alleged betrayal firsthand. Of course, he then went on to blame it all on Republicans in the Senate, noting that the House had already voted more than 50 times to repeal ObamaCare.

Then McCarthy expanded upon his explanation.

“What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker and a conservative caucus with a strategy to fight and win. Let me give you one example: Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

Ah yes. The Benghazi special committee. Let’s review, shall we?

The State Department inspector general, the House Intelligence Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Oversight Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have all investigated the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and have all issued reports. Those reports uncovered clear problems that needed to be fixed, but they largely if reluctantly exonerated the Obama administration of the worst charges against it and thoroughly repudiated the nonsensical conspiracy theories run amok on the right.

For example, here’s how the Associated Press covered the final report of the GOP-run House Intelligence Committee, released quietly just before Thanksgiving last year in hopes that few would notice:

“WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.”

Even after all that, however, House Republicans decided in April 2014 that they needed to establish yet another committee to investigate Benghazi. As they did so, they piously rejected any notion that after seven full investigations, they were creating an eighth for the sole purpose of trying to wring political advantage out of the tragic deaths of four Americans killed in the service of their country.

Last month, that select committee became the longest running select committee in congressional history, outlasting the investigations into the Kennedy assassination and Watergate. That’s almost unimaginable, especially coming on the heels of all those previous probes. And what has that select committee accomplished with all this time and millions of taxpayer dollars?

To quote our incoming speaker, “What are (Hillary)’s numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

In perusing the Fox News poll mentioned above, I also noticed something interesting. Political scientists have noted that this far out from an election, poll questions asking people who will be elected the next president are more predictive of the outcome than asking them who they support. And when Fox asked conservative voters who our next president will be, here’s what they found:

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Just 4 percent of conservatives — and 5 percent of Republicans overall — think Jeb Bush will be our next president? But 18 percent believe it will be Hillary?

Better organize another committee, Mr. McCarthy.

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Henri Deplume
Henri Deplume

To paraphrase Hillary "What Difference Does it Make"? It's a win-win for the voters because we won't have a feminazi President.  Who cares if the Republicans investigated this with a purpose.

Watsuie007
Watsuie007

@Henri Deplume  Be very careful what you tolerate, you just might get far more of it than you ever thought possible.  Remember, who goes around, comes around.  It is illegal to use taxpayer money to fund political witch hunts.  Hillary is not a witch, just a determined woman with the goods and the experience.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Might have to copy/paste the bit about Bush upstairs...

Kamchak
Kamchak

Second Planned Parenthood Hit By Arson In A Month. Those Videos Are Working!

 Looks like the anti-Planned Parenthood hysteria is inspiring some fine Americans to make the world a safer place for fetuses by taking direct action. In Thousand Oaks, California, somebody tried to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic. While initial reports from the Ventura County Sheriff’s office only called the overnight fire “suspicious,” by midday Thursday, investigators had determined that it was arson. 

[...]

In addition to the fires in California and Washington, clinics in Illinois and Louisiana were also hit by suspicious fires prior to the Pullman clinic’s burning: a car fire set at a new clinic under construction in New Orleans on Aug. 1, and a fire set outside the front door of a clinic in Aurora, Illinois. 

When will Fox News call this terrorism?

When will Fox News call these perpetrators terrorists?

 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

Well, that's interesting...I got an email notification of a new post by Jay...but don't see it yet on his blog page

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Doggone_GA

probably decided to edit it and re-post.

Or, it got EATED. which has been known to happen, and which has been known to make the mild-mannered Jay get rather irate.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

This latest shooting had me digging out the transcript to see which GOP candidate it was who complained about those tiresome liberals getting all upset whenever stuff like this happens.

Answer: John Ellis Bush!


 I do think the natural impulse on the left -- Hillary Clinton, immediately after one of these horrific violent acts took place, immediately said we need to have federal gun laws. President Obama almost reflexively always says the same thing.

And the net result is, you're going to take away rights of -- of law-abiding citizens, the 99.999 percent of the people that are law- abiding citizens. That's not the right approach to do it. 


I get that it must be irritating to hear such stuff so very often, particularly for a man with such a difficult life as the trust-fund brat, hasn't-had-a-real-job-since-2007, John Ellis Bush.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex Gun deaths among adults and children are ok.  But, ohhhhh, the poor fetuses!!!

Watsuie007
Watsuie007

@Visual_Cortex  If it was your kid, your attitude would be entirely different and rightly so.  The POTUS is not the problem here; the Congress is bought and paid for by the NRA and will do nothing to stem the tide of mass killings (by white men with guns and mental health issues). 

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

What's the saying? If you're in a hole stop digging?

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Poll: what's more outrageous? The lies cons tell initially? Or the ones they tell after they get caught lying?

It's a toss up for me.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@JeffreyEav the ones they tell after they get caught.  It MIGHT NOT be a lie if you don't know it is.  But it IS a lie the millions of times you repeat it after you've been corrected with the truth.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@JeffreyEav The truthful fact that they continue to dig their holes deeper when called out for their initial lies does not bode well for them.

Peachs
Peachs

Republicans remind me of the ex spouse who was ditched years ago and can't get over it, so he or she bores the world with what is wrong with other half that has moved on years ago. . 

KUTGF
KUTGF

Time for another TD face plant: 


We are back to td accounting foolishness and stupidity.  td is apparently trying to claim that there is no cost to the Benghazi Committee investigation (he ignores costs like printing, computers, travel, witness fees, etc to get to his nonsense) and continuing his foolish claim that somehow staff assigned would have been doing nothing else for the government if it were not this.  In fact he posts:  Who did they hire that was not already an elected member of Congress or a already paid government employee?


Now let's see.  Td's claim is completely disproven by his faulty logic if one person was hired specifically to deal exclusively with the Benghazi committee.  Oh my look at this:


Republicans, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), brought on Jamal Ware as communications director for the majority. Gowdy's communication director, Amanda Duvall, will continue to handle media through the congressman's personal office. The hiring of a press person exclusive to the committee might signal it is ready to become more publicly visible after remaining largely out of the headlines for the past few monthshttp://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/216418-benghazi-committee-hires-comms-director

TBS
TBS

Maybe he is wearing a football helmet today in attempts to decrease the chance of injury from all the face plants

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@KUTGF

td / IReportYouWhine is the most dangerous con there is - a liar and a fool.

NWGAL
NWGAL

He used to post a lot on Jim's blog until he was so humiliated being caught out in deceptions that he left.

fedup52
fedup52

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) started damage control on Thursday, seeking to quell calls for Republicans to disband the Select Committee on Benghazi. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Boehner's likely successor, had praised the committee -- which was established to investigate the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya -- for hurting 2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's poll numbers. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-boehner-hillary-clinton-benghazi_560d55d5e4b0dd85030afb66

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Well let the lies start to begin.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Alabama closing 31 driver's license offices and, surprise, it's hitting black counties hard

 Alabama appears to be celebrating its release from the Voting Rights Act by making it harder for black people to vote. The state passed a voter ID law in 2011 despite (or because of) predictions that it would have a disproportionate effect on African-American voters, and now it's closing 31 county driver's license offices, making it harder for people in those counties to get driver's licenses ... which also enable them to vote. The closures don't exactly look random, columnist John Archibald writes:

Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed. [...]

Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one. [...]

Look at the 15 counties that voted for President Barack Obama in the last presidential election. The state just decided to close driver license offices in 53 percent of them.

 

Paul42
Paul42

@Kamchak

Well.... it IS a conservative principle to grow government to solve a problem (voter fraud) that doesn't exist - 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak

I think Atrios had the best take of all, by simply asking:


I Wonder Why They'd Do That

Just puzzling.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Kamchak These are the smallest counties; at least the first six I checked.  Some have only 10-12,000 residents.


However, having lived in Alabama, it may be just "happenstance."

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Kamchak Are these counties also the ones that have the lowest population of voting age adults?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Kamchak Actually, except for the two not closed, the rest are not heavily populated. Greene has about 9,000 people.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

It's time for Dems and Independents to stop blaming the victim and put the burden of guilt on the obstructionist Republicans, exactly where it belongs.

And since Hillary is the one they fear the most, meaning they'd much rather run against the extremist Sanders, maybe we should rally behind her like even Bill Maher has said, and take control of this thing once and for all!

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@stefpe @TomMiddleton 

So you think he's the first socialist moderate in the history of Marxist thought?  My goodness, that's quite a reach.

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

Of course the Benghazi inquisition is political. The Republicans have not made a move in almost eight years that wasn't calculated to undermine the Obama administration and they're getting a head start on Hillary. Actual governance? Ain't nobody got time for that!

NWGAL
NWGAL

Ten confirmed dead in Oregon college campus shooting. Campus is not far from the Oath Keeper's Second Amendment encampment in Josephine County.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@NWGAL And carry conceal permitted on campuses thanks to recent law changes. 

straker
straker

Fly - "we should allow politicians the same leeway"


So true.


And politicians should be able to say "I made an honest mistake" without the fear of being crucified by their rivals and the media.

gotalife
gotalife

Did the gop break the law?


Where is the investigation?

Paul42
Paul42

800 comments in and I'm still trying to figure out how Rep McCarthy couldn't see this one coming - 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Paul42 You know what they say about those Republicans that are as sharp as a cookie.

gotalife
gotalife

How much money did the gop waste on this fraud?

td1234
td1234

@gotalife None to very little has been spent since the cost are fixed. 

td1234
td1234

@Fly-On-The-Wall Who did they hire that was not already an elected member of Congress or a already paid government employee?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Nonsense and pure stupidity on your part.  You are now trying to tell us that Trey Gowdy, they guy you were telling us yesterday would get PP, is an idiot and liar for the Dems.



LOL

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 LOL...  more proof that td does not understand cost accounting and business. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Another one of those situations where I'm not sure words mean what you think they mean.

The closest would likely be 'sunk' as in 'sunk costs' but even that's a bit off.

td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA There is nothing to refute. The cost are fixed no matter if the members of Congress, staff and lawyers are on this committee or doing other government work. 


You can make the claim that it is a waste of time but you can not say that it is costing the taxpayer anymore money. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Sweetie, already proven wrong.  LOL.