Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is The GOP's Mid-Term Strategy Benghazi ?

House Republicans are so determine to hold on to Benghazi they have created the first ever committee to investigate a hash tag. On a vote of 232-186, #Benghazi committee was formed.

The resolution creating the select committee gives Republicans seven seats and Democrats five seats. It is going to be interesting to see what Democrats legitimatize this committee by filling those five seats given that seven of them voted for the committee.

Top House Democrats, who accuse the GOP of reviving their outrage about the attacks in an effort to mobilize their voter base before the fall midterm elections, had urged their members to vote against the measure.

This committee is political theater run amok. The GOP keeps insisting there is some covert cover-up surrounding the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi yet they cannot seem to produce any new details. So now, they have hash tag #Benghazi.

House Speaker John Boehner previously said a select committee was not necessary. Boehner changed his mind after the release of an email that was sent by White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes to then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. The email, which suggests the White House, played a role in shaping how Rice discussed the attacks. The email was obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch. Republicans say the email has raised concerns that the administration is withholding information from Congress. Speaker Boeher defended the formation of the committee by suggesting that the Obama administration has blocked efforts by other House committees to investigate the Benghazi attacks.

"Our committees sought the full truth, and the administration tried to make sure they wouldn't find it."   - House Speaker John Boehner

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra called the committee a "kangaroo court in the making".

It's certainly is beginning to look like a fruitless witch hunt that has to have an ulterior motive aside from divulging what we already know about Benghazi.

Is that ulterior motive midterm ammunition? If it is in fact their intention to get a midterm leg up with this then it is appearing to be a dud.

The fracas is already backfiring on House Republicans. The media (Faux News excepted) is not on board, and have called out the GOP for trying to fundraise off of a tragedy. The American people as a whole do not appear interested. Therefore, the only reason I see the GOP going up this road is to use it as a fundraising and diversionary tactic wishing for some Midterm gain out of it. Raising money off a tragedy will not win them any brownie points with anyone. House Republicans will only themselves by rehashing Benghazi. This latest effort to smear President Obama is likely to wind up smearing its very orchestrators.

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