First off, Newt demonstrates why he really needs to shut up and go quietly to the Old Hornytoads Home.
Today Darrell Issa returned to the claim that President Obama did not call the Benghazi attacks a “terrorist act,” but an “act of terror,” which means something entirely different.
What can one say but … please proceed, congressman.
Joan Walsh notices that some on the Right no longer comprehend the difference between real and phony allegations.
The National Journalâ€™s Ron Fournier tweeted â€œWelcome to the 90s,â€ with no apparent irony or self-awareness about the role of the media in ginning up that decade of phony scandals that paralyzed our last popular second-term Democratic president, Bill Clinton.
In fact, Fournier contends Benghazi will hurt Clinton and President Obama, even though he acknowledges the GOPâ€™s claims are overblown. â€œIf nothing else, Benghazi is a blow to the credibility of the president and his potential successor, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This could be big â€¦ Credibility is Clintonâ€™s vulnerability, dating to the unjustified financial accusations that triggered the Whitewater investigation. Doubts persisted about her veracity and authenticity throughout the 2008 presidential campaign.â€
Read that again: â€œCredibility is Clintonâ€™s vulnerability, dating to the unjustified financial accusations that triggered the Whitewater investigation.â€ The accusations were unjustified, Fournier admits, but they hurt Clinton anyway. Why? Because reporters continued to act like they were justified, even in the face of contrary evidence.
And so it goes with Benghazi. Welcome to the â€™90s!
I’d rather not go back there, thanks, especially if I have to re-live the ’00s.
Update: Ok, here’s another one. Today Marco Rubio called for the resignation of the IRS Commissioner. Jonathan Chait explains why that is a problem — currently, the position of IRS Commissioner is vacant.
The IRS commissioner from that period is already gone.
The IRS commissioner during the probe was Donald Shulman, a holdover from the Bush administration. He left his job last November. Thereâ€™s an acting commissioner right now, but he assumed his acting role well after the Cincinnati probe ended. The position of IRS commissioner is vacant, which may explain why Rubioâ€™s letter calls for â€œthe IRS Commissionerâ€™s resignationâ€ but doesnâ€™t name whom Rubio wants to resign. Does he want the acting commissioner to resign? The old commissioner to re-resign? Appoint a new commissioner and then force that person to immediately resign?
How many Republicans does it take to make a measurable IQ? That’s what I want to know.