The entire complain seems to be, “We weren’t told what we wanted to hear, (the word terrorism!), on the schedule we’d prefer, (psychically, while things were still developing), and we’re never going to let it go!”
Oh, they aren’t going to give it up. Birtherism was getting stale, so people needed a new story to act all outraged about. If it weren’t Benghazi, it’d be something else. And hey, this expands the geographical knowledge of Republicans. Now they know where Kenya AND Libya are! And by 2015, maybe the majority will have stopped spelling it Lybia!
Hannity is still flogging this - was prominently on his radio show. Apparently, he’s going for full-on conspiracy theory territory. Obama personally issued stand down orders so no one would help, because, obviously, he wanted the ambassador to die as he watched live on his wrist-watch phone or some shit, I couldn’t really piece it all together. But it wasn’t far off from that on the bat-shit scale.
Yea, even by the standards of FOX made up scandals, the Benghazi thing seems like weak tea. And they’re hanging onto it like its the last piece of floating wreckage from their sunken ship. Someone posted a post-election rant from Orson Scott Card in another thread where he couldn’t believe Americans would vote for a guy who was so obviously complicit in murdering American diplomats (why Obama wants to murder diplomats is, so far as I can tell, not really addressed).
I imagine the effort the GOP is putting into talking about it is mainly timing. In the run-up to the election, they needed some new horrible accusation against the Prez to tell their supporters was going to push Romney over the top. Benghazi was in the news: so that’s why they decided to run with it. Common sense be damned.
Good point. And the streak of “If I believe it, all real Americans will believe it” method of reasoning that is resonating today’s right wing means that they won’t necessarily give it up even if it’s a non-starter.
I loved the line in the Card piece where he was complaining that the Democrats and the media viewed Darrell Issa’s informational requests as if, paraphrased, he was only asking for partisan reasons.
I mean, who in the world could possibly think Issa is partisan?
I think that’s a symptom of thinking that the right wing way of thinking is the default. It’s the “true American” way of thinking. “Real” Americans versus “them.”
I don’t see how people can’t accurately call it a scandal. David Petraeus should be tried for treason and dereliction of duty for failing to answer his phone when his CIA subordinates were frantically calling him for guidance on sending assets to help the consulate because he was too busy banging his mistress to be arsed to pick up the phone.