Republican leaders are very reliable. They can always be relied upon to screw up an advantage.
Take the Obamacare debacle. Where’s the great “I Told You So” campaign, to make it clear to the public that the reason the Republicans shut down the government was to delay Obamacare by a year and AVOID THE VERY FIASCO NOW ENSUING with the website?
Where’s the “Isn’t Government a Wonder to Behold?” campaign to highlight the abject failure of your government to even put together a website, let alone run your health care.
These are obvious moves that a smart political operation – like the one President Obama has – would make to capitalize on its opponents missteps.
And where is the select Congressional panel to investigate Benghazi?
Sure, Republicans would have great political fun with such a panel, which the Democrats would have convened a year ago and tasked to issue a final report the eve of Election Day, 2014.
But the Benghazi episode, as shown once again in a new report by 60 Minutes, is a deadly serious matter in which American heroes were killed and for which senior administration officials may bear responsibility. The public HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW whether top officials, including President Obama, failed our brave people on the ground in Libya.
Some of the House panels are doing a good job probing this. But only a select committee will unify the effort, eliminate inefficiencies, and generate the public interest to force a serious investigation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today demanded that House Speaker John Boehner pull together a select committee, at least on the House side – Senate Democrats would never go along – to spearhead the probe. And he vowed to muck up the Senate until the Benghazi survivors are heard from.
For God’s sakes, let the House have a select committee where you get three or four committees together to look at this situation as one unit, rather than stove piping.
And where are the survivors? Fourteen months later . . . the people who survived the attack in Benghazi have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes. So I’m going to block every appointment in the United State Senate until the survivors are being made available in Congress . . .
To Speaker Boehner, please, for God’s sakes, form a joint committee to get away from this blame game to find out exactly what happened.
And where was Hillary Clinton during all these multiple requests for security? . . . And who the Hell told Susan Rice this story about a protest gone bad, and who told the president there was no evidence of a pre-planned terrorist attack in light of all this information?
Or who told him there was evidence?