Skip to comments.Benghazi hearing puts Democrats in a tough spot
Posted on 05/09/2014 5:58:03 PM PDT by mandaladon
House Democratic leaders have been unstinting in their criticism of the select committee established this week to investigate the aftermath of the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya. Now they are facing a touch choice about whether to join it, cautiously weighing which strategy would be riskier politically and whether their instinct to boycott the select committee might just give it more power in the end.
Democratic leaders have called the new committee a political ploy, a stunt, a sham, a waste of taxpayer dollars and, in the words of White House spokesman Jay Carney, a blatantly political and partisan effort. This week, two arms of the party, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, launched a coordinated messaging blitz to undermine the committee and cast Republicans as political opportunists who have established the select committee only because of their interest in raising money and exciting the GOP base before the 2014 midterm elections.
Should Democrats now take part in this thing they view as a nonserious exercise in pandering to the right? House Democrats met behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss their options, but emerged with no clear answer on how to proceed.
In the case of reopening an investigation into the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Libya, Democrats are stuck in a damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-dont scenario. Thats left the caucus torn on what to do.
Theres a vocal chorus of Democrats urging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to boycott the committee altogether. Appointing members to the committee would lend credibility to the investigation, they fear, and it would force Democrats to risk being pawns in a Republican political game.
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If this were a Republican administration and Sarah Palin had been involved instead of Hillary Clinton, the press would be singing a vastly different tune. That is why we can’t trust the mainstream press.
If the lady in the blue dress sucked, the media is a full-on vacuum-truck keeping dirt of the old commodities trader (Hillary). In fact, a vacuum-truck worthy of the Halliburton brand label.
Yeah smash the D party to smithereens.
There’s no way in Hell the Democrats will boycott the Committee and miss the chance to get their comments and their outrage played on a loop on the evening and morning news.
Most news viewers won’t hear a peep about any of the legitimate questions and answers
Obama surrendered to Al Qaeda at Benghazi. Part of the deal was to provide armored vehicles, weapons and night vision equipment to Al Qaeda. That is aiding and abetting the enemies of The United States. It is the very definition of treason.
Does anyone think Al Qaeda turned over the bodies of the dead Americans and let those 31 CIA employees go because they are just nice guys? Nope. They traded with Obama. And Obama, by trading with them, committed treason. That’s why the Democrats are behaving this way. A Democrat President convicted of treason? Ouch!
And we haven’t even begun to look at why Hillary and Obama inserted the US into overthrowing the government of Libya.
Treason involving murder is hardly a "scandal".
you forgot to add Chuck U Schumer into the recipe
What if the committee discovers that Hillary had set Ambassador Stevens up to be kidnapped, and the plot went awry? Why haven’t the perps been apprehended? WERE THEY PART OF THE PLOT, and is this perhaps why they haven’t been apprehended?
“A waste of taxpayer dollars”, unlike the $555 million Obungo wasted on Solyndra.
You’re right. Chuckie was there at The White House when all this Benghazi stuff was going on.
I don’t doubt one thing you just posted. But, what’s even scarier is how many people are involved. He didn’t do it by himself.
Eventually, the Democrats are going to come out with the “YEAH WE BROKE THE LAW AND GOT AMERICANS MURDERED BUT WE REALLY MEANT WELL” defense. Guilty people try that defense a lot.
The key is for the Democrats to come clean about everything. The truth will literally set SOME of them free.
This is a superb opportunity for Republicans. They should go to lengths to encourage the Democrats to stay out of it.
Harry Reid insisted on unilateral control of the senate.
Obama insisted on unilateral control by executive order.
So now the Republicans can give the Democrats a taste of what unilateral control means.
They should hold incredibly hostile hearings, with no opportunity for Democrat rebuttal. They should also go to lengths to damn Democrats up one side and down the other, and to provide as much media support to the conservative media as they can.
The hearings should last all the way to election day, and bring forth testimony from every irate former government employee they can find. There should be lots of veterans testifying, along with anyone and everyone who can tear a hole in the Democrats, Obama and Hillary in particular.
Four dead & 300 kidnapped by muslims dont compare to New Jersey bridges
They're all little more than spoiled adolescent brats.
Al queda on the run...yep I remember Dems chanting that
” - - - They’re all little more than spoiled adolescent brats. - - - “
BTW, the mantra of the Cult of Obamanation is as follows:
LIE, DENY AND REFUSE TO COMPLY.
IMHO, that is exactly what errant 2 year olds do.
BTW, BTW, why do these Libs call themselves “progressives” when their work ethic and public behavior is definitely Regressive?
There was an episode on Mythbusters where they actually did polish a turd.
>> That is why we cant trust the mainstream press.
The greatest threat to the Country.
Dr K: "All the committee has to do is to discover new facts, as we discovered a week and half ago with the Rhodes memo, and that you cannot ignore."
He hopes they boycott the committee, as that will allow the GOP to make the case in a more orderly fashion.
Poor demos just pawns in republican game of life.
Boo hoo hoo.
Democrats, if they aren’t standing on your throat,
they’re a victim...
That b@$t@rd will be up in front of the cameras blaming the NRA and the easy availability of guns for the Benghazi attack.
Here we have proof-positive that Dummycrats should never ever be given political power. They use it like tin pot dictators in Third World satraps.
Lock-stepping Dummycrats spit on those hallowed vestiges of a government they would destroy---they want total power. The power-mad Clintons' grasp for power over and over again is terrifying.
If the Dummycrats had any sense whatsoever they would know that since the 11th century, the system of "Checks and Balances" was initiated in the Great Council Halls of Venice to keep the all-powerful Doges in check.
We need checks and balances now more then ever----to keep the power-crazed Clintons and lock-stepping Dummycrats from trampling us under their feet.
Barack Hussein Obama has spent 5 years ignoring both the law of the land and constitutionally imposed limits on the power of the presidency. So far, republicans in both the House and Senate have done precious little to take this corrupt, Marxist plant to task on his countless abuses of executive authority.
But on Monday, during a segment with FOX News political analyst Jeanine Pirro, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina promised viewers that the House will use the power of the purse to end Obamas obsession with rule rather than governance.
When Pirro asked the congressman if House republicans were actually going to DO it, Gowdy energetically responded Blank Yeah, (just in case his mother was watching.) more at coachisright.com ...
"As I stand here before you today to introduce our Commander
in Chief, please permit me to paraphrase the late, great HL Mencken."
"The office of president represents the inner soul of the people.
On Nov 2008, the plain folks of this land reached their heart's
desire. At long last they voted to adorn the White House with a
The democrats are not going to boycott this. They will do what they always do: act like monkeys throwing around turds in order to de-legitimize it.
Theres a vocal chorus of Democrats urging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to boycott Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee. .... First of all it wouldn’t be a boycott. Boycott needed workers to bring in his crops, so he could make a profit off Irish who were not going to be fairly recompensed. What they are arguing for here is “Don’t attend so we can scream UNFAIRNESS! UNFAIRNESS!” Pelosi and many other Committees weighed the committees against Republicans in prior years. Trey needs to invite them to appoint four Dems to attend and when they say “No.” , shrug and continue with the hearings. If it is found later to be extrajudicial, the FACTS will be out there, with NO Dummycrat shenanigans.
What a site that would be and you are correct, would be a major game changer and the biggest DANGER the DemocRATS have by appointing their five is one seeking a chance to lead.
> Democratic leaders have called the new committee a political ploy, a stunt, a sham, a waste of taxpayer dollars and,in the words of White House spokesman Jay Carney,a blatantly political and partisan effort.<
> cautiously weighing which strategy would be riskier politically<
So Mr. Moody wrote this crap article and can’t even see the blatant hypocrisy in his own words? Explain to me again who is making it political? This idiot just told you in his own damn article!!
Huh, I must have missed this. WHEN did the press "investigate" the "events" of Sept. 11, 2012?
Yeah, gotta love the MSM.
It was an "event". Kind of like a "happening" or "be-in".
Yahoo news is the wannabe electronic NY Times so be wary of what you read there. Bad journalism is like your wife slipping you a little ant poison every day. Not enough to kill you just enough to make you unaware that what you are consuming is killing you slowly but surely. So it is with the liberal media.
Rep Gowdy should just nip this in the bud and choose 5 more TEApublican firebrands to be on the committee, especially if they are veterans.
Now that would be a truly "select committee".
Ska-rew the RATs.
Carney has already completely worn out any vestige of integrity he might have ever tenuously been thought to have and is nothing more than a thoughtless conduit for the administration's mendacious bilge.
If they don't participate, they and their candidates will really be in for a bloodbath, come November and 2016!
The obvious conclusion to draw from this “dilemma” of the Dems is that they are more interested in politics than justice, and see this purely in terms of Hillary’s and their party’s chances, rather than an investigation into the savage murder of US servicemen and diplomats. This is like the Wellstone funeral to the tenth power. Let them put that in their pipe and smoke it.
And the press minions really went after Obama for not fulfilling his pledge to bring the perpetrators of Benghazi attack to justice, didn't they?
The MSM are sniveling, useless, corrupt suck-ups!
Dems won't make such a mistake, unless God's own Hand brings it about.
Something everyone should remember, the hearing
didn’t put democrats in this spot, the democrats
put themselves in this spot!!!
They call themselves the exact opposite of what they are...a bunch of backward thinking wanna-be Boss Hoggs! I believe they will not be able to help themselves as they will run around after the hearings every day and cry “Ascrimination”, “racism”, “Sexism”, etc. at these hearings. I’ll even give odds that one of them will “come out of the closet” so then they can yell “Homo-phobia”!
The Democrats are trying to assess whether or not, or convince, their media counterparts to boycott all the hearings. The problem is that the material and the evidence is pure dynamite. And the outcomes will be significant.
The minimum outcome of this investigation is that Hillary Clinton will not be the Dem nominee.
The sky’s the limit for the maximum outcome.
A corollary to the Dems decision not to serve on the committee is for the administration not to cooperate with the committee.
I anticipate they will refuse to respond to any and all subpoenas the committee might issue. In which case, there will no evidence that is "pure dynamite".
Instead, there will be a Constitutional impasse...and more months of delay while the courts try to sort it out. At the end of which, the likely administration response to the court's orders will be "Try and make us".
There is plenty to be brought to light without the cooperation of the WH.
Aside from the mystery evidence that Trey Gowdy claims to have on hand, there is
- the timing of the change in the name of the video
- the State Department’s 11am proclaimation that the video was to blame
- the whereabouts of the POTUS during the attack
- Clinton’s refusal to improve readiness
- the difference in materials released to Judicial Watch and Congressional requests
and so forth. And the mere lack of cooperation sets up a Constitutional crisis.
Which may be exactly what they want.