by Randolph T. Holhut
American Reporter Correspondent
October 29, 2015
THE GOP: THE GANG THAT STILL CAN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- If Hillary Clinton is elected President next November, she can look back on Oct. 22, 2015 as the day when the electoral tide turned in her favor.
In front of a kangaroo court disguised as a congressional committee, Clinton sat for more than 11 hours, kept her cool, looked presidential, and conclusively proved to a national television audience that the Republican Party has collectively lost its mind.
After a two-year investigation and countless hearings that cost more than $4.7 million, the Republican-led committee investigation the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya showed America they had a big pile of nothing. Rep. Trey Gowdy and his merry band of lightweights and fools overreached and failed in their attempt to destroy Clinton.
They thought they would draw blood. Instead, they gave Clinton an 11-hour informercial to show America what happens when a bunch of fools who don't believe in government get elected to Congress.
The bare facts of the Benghazi attack are plain. A group of militants attacked the embassy. Four Americans were killed. The event was investigated. Shortcomings were found and addressed.
It's not like it was the first time U.S. interests overseas have been the target of terrorist attacks. There was the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 that left 243 Marines dead. The bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996 that killed 19 U.S. service members and wounded 498 people. The bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounded more 4,000 people.
Those incidents were all the subjects of congressional investigations that parceled out blame and sought to learn lessons from the attacks. All these investigations were not politicized or, at least, not overtly politicized. National security concerns were more important than scoring political points.
That logic went out the window with the Benghazi hearings. Because Clinton was Secretary of State at the time of the attack, and because she was planning to run for President, the Republican-controlled Congress decided it was more important to destroy Clinton than it was to conduct an impartial hearing focused on facts.
And none but the congenitally stupid believe that what happened in Benghazi is a scandal.
You know what is scandal? Forty-thousand Americans getting killed by guns every year is a scandal. One in 6 American children living in poverty is a scandal. Doing nothing about climate change, or the way oligarchs have bought our elections, or how millions of Americans could have Medicaid coverage if not for recalcitrant Republican governors are all things that are scandalous.
Will we see the Republican majority investigate any of these scandals? Of course not!
And far from regarding their Benghazi investigations as a failure, they're getting ready to do the same thing to Planned Parenthood that they tried to do to Hillary Clinton.
There's three months to go before the Iowa caucuses and, as of this week, the Democratic presidential nomination is hers to lose. And it is thanks to an opposition party that has clearly lost its mind and has nothing to offer except lies and fear.
That doesn't mean you can pencil in Clinton to be the next President. She still has to offer a reason for people to vote for her, other than the now-familiar "I'm not as insane as those other people" on the GOP debate stage.
Thanks to Bernie Sanders, we're seeing and hearing an honest debate of progressive policies by the Democrats.
Triangulation is dead, and the Democrats don't need it to win in 2016.
Now things are going to get interesting.
AR's Chief of Correspondents, Randolph T. Holhut, holds an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has been an award-winning journalist in New England for more than 30 years. He edited "The George Seldes Reader" (Barricade Books). He can be reached at email@example.com.