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05-15-2013, 02:44 PM
How the Benghazi “Conspiracy” Turned Into an Epic Republican Failure

May 14, 2013

Oh yeah, they mad!

With the revelation today that the original emails from the White House on Benghazi had been doctored (http://www.politicususa.com/jake-tapper-destroys-republican-benghazi-conspiracy-turns-emails-paraphrased.html) before the GOP took them as proof of a cover up, a theory I’d been entertaining for a while was confirmed in my mind.

Does anyone else see this strategy coming from President Obama and this administration? Surely by now they’ve figured out from their own experiences (and from the Clinton era) that the only thing House Republicans want to do with a Democrat in office is to launch investigation after investigation, hoping to find something impeachable. Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, Obama’s birth certificate, Benghazi and now the IRS (http://www.politicususa.com/fellow-progressives-flee-so-called-irs-scandal-crock-fight.html), these are all things they’ve tried desperately to remove a president for, and miserably failed.

If President Obama is half as smart as I think he is, then I’m pretty sure he’s come to realize that through gerrymandering and right wing ideologues controlling primaries, he’s dealing with possibly the greatest collection of nincompoops in the history of American politics. They’re ruthless, but they’re also so eager to destroy him, they’ve become the Wile E. Coyote of Congressional investigations. He also knows that other than pushing for another tax cut for the rich or attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act yet again, they’re not going to do anything else before Boehner and the rest head off for happy hour or another vacation.

So when you’re faced with a Congress that has nothing but utter hatred and contempt for you and a Senate that is hamstrung by procedural filibusters, what would you do if you were President? I don’t know about you, but what Obama seems to have been doing with every overblown controversy the GOP has dug up — that’s what I would do. Whether it was his birth certificate or Benghazi, or anything else, he’s let them go on and on, patiently letting the facts come out and watching Republicans lose all credibility. It’s like the poker equivalent of flopping a royal flush and playing your hand to perfection to take the maximum number of chips possible.

For example, knowing that Darrell Issa and the rest of the House GOP were working with flawed documents and then allowing them to go this far without correcting it in the beginning, that’s an epic troll on Obama’s part. He’s learned that everything he proposes, they will oppose, and vice versa. So long as the GOP is in charge, he’s going to get very little done other than watch them make fools of themselves in front of the American public. It’s really a no-lose situation. They aren’t going to work with him under any normal circumstances and the more he leads them on, the more they prove to voters how absolutely petty and partisan they are.

Whether this strategy proves to work in 2014 and beyond remains to be seen. Either way, as a political junkie, it’s interesting to watch regardless. The tragedy in Benghazi was terrible — we can all agree on that. But witnessing a major political party in our country make a total fool out of themselves (with the world watching) continues to be pathetic and sad, every time we’re forced to endure it. Kudos to President Obama for seeing the forest for the trees and letting the GOP’s ridiculous conspiracies be their downfall.

Gayle in MD
05-16-2013, 04:39 AM

On September 13th, Representative Darrell Issa (http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/darrell-issa) (R-CA) won an award he’d probably love to be able to decline. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW (http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/24/issa-wins-most-corrupt-award-from-crew/www.citizensforethics.org)), a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions, gave Issa a Dishonorable Mention in its 8th annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress (http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/blog/entry/department-justice-report-shows-darrell-issa-to-be-too-fast-and-furious)report.
CREW cites (http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt) Issa for illegally revealing confidential information from a sealed wiretap in the Congressional Record — while leading a politically-motivated witch hunt intended to hurt Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder — and then shielding himself from reproach and censure by claiming that he, as a member of Congress, had constitutional protections for his unethical actions.

As CREW explains, “Rep. Issa [...] knew that by inserting the information in the Congressional Record, he would be immune from prosecution under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate clause, which protects members of Congress for remarks and actions that fall within the legislative sphere.” Federal law dictates that wiretap applications can only be disclosed after acquiring permission from a judge, and anyone breaking this law can be held in contempt.
The irony here is that the House of Representatives — with Issa leading the charge — were at that time (June, 2012) actively debating whether or not the attorney general — due to the botched Operation Fast and Furious, run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (informally known as the ATF) — should be held in contempt. Wait, what?

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/24/issa-wins-most-corrupt-award-from-crew/#ixzz2TS0B9Gap

For nearly two years, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) has tried to exploit the tragedy (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/13/498521/five-things-to-know-about-the-house-oversight-chairs-witchhunt-against-attorney-general-holder/) of a series of botched gun stings that led to a federal law enforcement agent’s death in order to score political points against Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun stings that are the focus of Issa’s witchhunt against Holder began when George W. Bush was president and Holder was an attorney in private practice. Nevertheless, Issa eventually forced the House Republican leadership to hold a contempt of Congress vote against Holder, although the leaders buried that vote on the same day that the Affordable Care Act was upheld (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/26/506132/house-leadership-burries-holder-contempt-vote-on-same-day-as-health-care-decision/) in a likely attempt to prevent Issa’s witchhunt from receiving much media coverage. After numerous hearings and, of course, the contempt vote, the Department of Justice’s inspector general released a 471 page report that cleared Holder of any wrongdoing (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/19/877451/inspector-generals-fast-and-furious-report-clears-attorney-general-holder/).
[...]Issa’s continued efforts to politicize this tragedy come at a very real cost (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/02/03/418036/how-issas-paranoid-fast-and-furious-witchhunt-endangers-americas-law-enforcement-system/): “When Issa drags Holder before a House committee for four hours to be nothing more than a pawn in an elaborate game set up to embarrass President Obama, that means many more hours — most likely days — that Holder and other key Justice Department officials must spent prepping for their role in Issa’s withhunt. Every minute they spend preparing for this witchhunt is a minute they cannot spend ensuring that the law is fairly enforced, that national security officials in DOJ have the tools they need to operate, or that dangerous criminals are tracked down and prosecuted.”http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/24/issa-wins-most-corrupt-award-from-crew/#ixzz2TRU0er95

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/24/issa-wins-most-corrupt-award-from-crew/#ixzz2TRzjpS5d