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No Showboating at the Benghazi Hearings, Please
Nationalreview ^

Posted on 05/07/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT by chessplayer

Dear Republicans on the House Oversight Committee:

Please do not grandstand. Please do not take the time before the television cameras to tell us how outraged you are, even though what you are investigating is, indeed, outrageous. There will be plenty of time for that after the hearing. All day Wednesday, give us the facts, and then more facts, and then more facts.

Just ask the questions of the witnesses. Let them speak and don’t cut them off. Do not give the Obama administration any cover to claim that this is a partisan witch hunt from unhinged political opponents. Don’t waste time complaining about the media’s lack of interest or coverage so far. Just give them — and us — the facts to tell the story, a story that will leave all of us demanding accountability.

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The last thing we need is the questioners getting into a "I'm more outraged than you" contest. The hearings should be interesting, but I highly doubt anything concrete will result from them. It will probably be just more he-said she-said stuff. And libs have already written off the testifiers as liars, right wing hacks, and, of course, racists. And look for the media to 'Gosnell' the hearings.
1 posted on 05/07/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

“Your country thanks you for having the courage to come forward to speak the truth. My first question is .......”

That should be the extent of “comments”.


2 posted on 05/07/2013 9:36:02 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: chessplayer

“Let them speak and don’t cut them off.”

I wish O’reilly and Hannity would follow that advice.


3 posted on 05/07/2013 9:36:55 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: chessplayer
Asking a politician to NOT grandstand is like asking a rattlesnake not to rattle his tail.
Grandstanding is in their DNA. So we need to be prepared for emoting emotions worthy of Hollywood. I would even propose a tear pool for the first one to actually cry. My choice is Peter King, if he is on the panel.
4 posted on 05/07/2013 9:40:04 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: chessplayer

As to the those testifying on behalf of the regime, the GOPers need to be as tough as possible, not let them get away with non-answers, and get under their skin. Liberals have a vey low tolderance for anybody questioning their motives. They will eventually crack and show their true colors. IOW, forget being gentlemen. Be attack dogs.


5 posted on 05/07/2013 9:40:12 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: chessplayer; y'all
The link provided in the article
6 posted on 05/07/2013 9:41:27 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: chessplayer
There is plenty of real outrage to be had here, we have no need to play any fake or exaggerated outrage.
Especially if any Republican says something that *can* be refuted, then everything else will by extension be republican hyperbole according the leftist press.
Low key but surgical precision would be best.

7 posted on 05/07/2013 9:41:32 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: chessplayer
I wouldn't mind some succinct, plain spoken analysis of the testimony.

Even if such commentary offends the media.

Otherwise the only people who will know what actually went on will be you and I.

8 posted on 05/07/2013 9:41:44 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: clintonh8r
"forget being gentlemen. Be attack dogs."

Worth repeating.

forget being gentlemen. Be attack dogs.

9 posted on 05/07/2013 9:42:48 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("God bless Planned Parenthood"- B.H.Obama, 2013)
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To: chessplayer; All

Like Dems will not make self serving comments.....

Sounds like again we have a liberal RINO rag telling conservatives to “quiet down”

Dems and liberals play dirty. Its time to grow some and realize it. Grow some and impeach the Kenya Muslim.


10 posted on 05/07/2013 9:45:52 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: chessplayer

Showboating.

This is a ‘code word’ for Broadway, which is a ‘code word’ for gay bashing.

Which of course is hate as expressed by Repubs.


11 posted on 05/07/2013 9:47:37 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: chessplayer
I EXPECT the administration to be clearly accused of a serious and reproachable COVER UP. I want to hear again and again how Obama/Clinton/Rice exclaimed "You Tube video did it!" like lying sniveling 5 year olds desperate to hide their guilt. And if Republicans want to pile on the outrage, and shame Dems into pulling their punches (even just a little tiny bit) I say go for it!

The last thing I would want to do is censor anyone's attack on this administration. If they have the balls to fight Obama/Clinton, I will support them!

12 posted on 05/07/2013 9:48:33 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: clintonh8r
"forget being gentlemen. Be attack dogs."

You said it perfectly!

13 posted on 05/07/2013 9:50:08 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: chessplayer

[[No Showboating at the Benghazi Hearings, Please]]

Sure, as long as dfear leader and ilk don’t trott out the victim’s families from Sandy Hook to try to tug at the heartstrings of Aemrica for political purposes and to try to ban guns- oh wait- that’s already happened


14 posted on 05/07/2013 9:51:12 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: SeminoleCounty

This country needs the witness testimony put in context. Either the media and Dems will do it or Republicans on that committee will do it.


15 posted on 05/07/2013 9:53:33 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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16 posted on 05/07/2013 9:54:32 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: chessplayer

“And look for the media to ‘Gosnell’ the hearings.”

Gosnell, MSM blackout of a significant event.

Should be added to the FR Dictinary.


17 posted on 05/07/2013 9:54:58 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: clintonh8r

precisely, the reaso nthe GOP is LOSING the war is because they have been WAY too passive- over and over and over again thel eft w3alks all over them, the right shrinks in fear, and the left get away with bloody murder- literally in some cases- W’eve had our supreme court bullied, our religions attacked, our Christians attacked, our conservatives belittled and bullied, healthcare unconstitutionally forced down our throats, We have states violating our unalienable ruights by rammking htrough unconstitutional bills outlawing guns- rammign htrough ‘emergency bills’ telling resterauints what they can and can’t sell anyl ogner- what peopel can east and can’t eat- and we’re supposed to just be ‘respectful’?


18 posted on 05/07/2013 9:56:00 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: chessplayer

Otherwise, be kind, gentle, and respect the Democrats. Don’t ask questions that could embarrass or accuse the Obama administration.


19 posted on 05/07/2013 9:56:30 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: chessplayer

I don’t know if the hearings will be conducted in the house of in the senate. If they are in the senate, it probably won’t mean squat. If they are in the house we might see some serious fireworks.


20 posted on 05/07/2013 9:56:33 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Tupelo

Asking a politician to NOT grandstand is like asking a rattlesnake not to rattle his tail.
Grandstanding is in their DNA. So we need to be prepared for emoting emotions worthy of Hollywood.


True. And thats exactly what liberals hope they do.


21 posted on 05/07/2013 10:01:42 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Toespi

Otherwise, be kind, gentle, and respect the Democrats. Don’t ask questions that could embarrass or accuse the Obama administration.


They can’t do that without turning it into a circus?


22 posted on 05/07/2013 10:04:50 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Casie

“If they have the balls to fight Obama/Clinton, I will support them!”

I fully agree with you, but after hearings like Waco and Fast & Furious, I have had to accept that this is all just Kabuki theater to fool the sheeple into believing that they are represented in our government, and rule of law still exists in the US.


23 posted on 05/07/2013 10:13:00 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: chessplayer

You can trust the Dems to endlessly bloviate to suck up as much time with their BS as possible.

I just PRAY the pubbies DO NOT BLOVIATE but ask POINTED and PITHY QUESTIONS THEN SHUT THE HELL UP AND LET THE WITNESSES TESTIFY, followed BY OTHER POINTED, PITHY QUESTIONS TO BUTTRESS THE TESTIMONY!

This country CANNOT survive another full term of this BADMINISTRATION. HE’S GOT TO GO and TAKE HILLARY WITH HIM.

(Sorry for the shouting but this could be the big one.)


24 posted on 05/07/2013 10:14:07 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (CONGRESS, GROW A PAIR. IMPEACH THE USURPER!!)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
It is my understanding that the Republicans have coordinated a strategy for avoiding grandstanding, but I guess we'll see.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 10:30:14 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: chessplayer
To the GOP committee members, don't make statements, ask questions. Keep on asking the question until it's answered. Listen to the answers and be prepared to bore down and followup. If you are unable to be concise, hand off your time to a committee member who knows how the heck to interrogate a witness. Lead, follow or get out of the way.
26 posted on 05/07/2013 10:38:59 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: chessplayer

And, more importantly, what are these outraged investigators going to do about it when they find out that lives were unneccesarily sacrificed because of Hillary’s negligence?

Anybody can be outraged or claim to be.


27 posted on 05/07/2013 10:41:54 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: MestaMachine
It is my understanding that the Republicans have coordinated a strategy for avoiding grandstanding, but I guess we'll see.

Greta addressed this very question with a committee member (do not remember who) and the response WAS as you indicate. If they blow this.....

28 posted on 05/07/2013 10:46:14 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: chessplayer

Do you remember the Iran-Contra hearings and how the Dems had really primed the pump to take down Ollie North and, through him, Reagan? Oh, how they preened! THEN Col. North appeared and it was a take-down of beauty. A quarter century later I still chuckle when I think of it!

I agree wholeheartedly with this warning to the Congressmen. Shut up and let the witnesses be the story. You can get your ‘glory’ later. Pray God, they listen.


29 posted on 05/07/2013 11:00:26 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: chessplayer
Showboat as much as you please, just hang the SOB.
30 posted on 05/07/2013 11:18:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
“And look for the media to ‘Gosnell’ the hearings.” Gosnell, MSM blackout of a significant event. Should be added to the FR Dictinary.

You might want to consider that may be the surname of one or more conservative FReepers. Maybe not.

But here's one for you to add to the FR Dictinary: D-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y.

Hope this helps.
31 posted on 05/07/2013 12:12:05 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: don-o

Trey Gowdy.


32 posted on 05/07/2013 12:13:38 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: MissMagnolia
“Your country thanks you for having the courage to come forward to speak the truth. My first question is .......”
That should be the extent of “comments”.


THERE ya go, pretty MissMagnolia! Or defer their time to Issa or Gowdy. Truly doubt any of those camera hungry hogs will do it, though.
33 posted on 05/07/2013 12:18:22 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: chessplayer

“No showboating before the television cameras to tell us how outraged you are”

Don’t do what democrats do!


34 posted on 05/07/2013 12:30:34 PM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: Resettozero; EQAndyBuzz
“And look for the media to ‘Gosnell’ the hearings.” Gosnell, MSM blackout of a significant event. Should be added to the FR Dictinary.
What we need is not a name for the particular tactic, but a proper name for what we have been calling “the media.” IMHO that name should be, "conspiracy journalism”

“Liberals” who hate Adam Smith love his statement that "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” What “liberals” do not discuss is the fact that the Associated Press newswire is a virtual meeting of all the major journalistic institutions in the country. If there is any truth at all to Smith’s dictum, a meeting of “people of the same trade” which has been operating continuously since the middle of the Nineteenth Century must, by now, have devolved into little else but "a conspiracy against the public.”

If AP journalism is a “conspiracy,” what does it do to the public? Conspiracy journalism misleads the public into trusting the untrustworthy, and distrusting the trustworthy. People who work successfully to a bottom line are trustworthy, and people who seek authority without responsibility are untrustworthy. Conspiracy journalism promotes “the critic” and denigrates “the man in the arena.” Give the critic authority, and he will fail to execute his nominal mission even as well as the man he criticized. But what the critic will do successfully is deflect any criticism of his performance by boasting of his wonderful intentions. With the full support of conspiracy journalism.

35 posted on 05/07/2013 3:41:35 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

If I understand correctly what you’ve written, I agree. So, CJ it is! Now, let’s see if the moniker will latch on to the conspiracy journalists and stick like stink.


36 posted on 05/07/2013 3:49:00 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Here’s a good piece of CJ, from Wikipedia’s entry on Benghazi—the ‘Talk’ about it.

“Accusation sentence [edit]

The opening paragraph says that the “The Republican Party accused the Obama administration of over-emphasizing the role of the video,” - that isn’t the case, at least not according to the article that is supposedly the citation for that sentence. It actually says: “On Sunday, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told CNN there was no proof indicating the attack was related to protests over an anti-Islam video.” His name is Mike Rogers - this could be considered an accusation by implication, but it is not an accusation, and it certainly isn’t “an entire party”. Further, the person doing the accusation, in that citation is here: ‘On Wednesday, Townsend said a law enforcement source told her investigators from day one “have known clearly that this was a terrorist attack.” ‘. Who knows what party the law enforcement source is. I’m pretty new to editing Wikipedia, so I don’t want to start editing controversial articles, but someone with more experience than me should look at this. Durron597 (talk) 18:14, 7 May 2013 (UTC)”

Note that this was edited as of today.


37 posted on 05/07/2013 3:53:07 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: chessplayer

Don’t worry Republicans are experts at not exploiting any event for political advantage and blowing every opportunity. The Praetorian Media will not allow that to happen. The R’s will continue to be the lap dog gentlemen we’ve come to expect.


38 posted on 05/07/2013 3:55:56 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Resettozero

“But here’s one for you to add to the FR Dictinary: D-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y.”

ha.. thanks. Dang iPad.


39 posted on 05/07/2013 4:30:32 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Uh-huh, iPad, yeah right, you bet, iPad.


40 posted on 05/07/2013 4:34:52 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: chessplayer
If the Republicans in the House had any brains they would coordinate their questions ahead of time or follow up when the witness was being evasive and hammer them.

If...

41 posted on 05/07/2013 4:36:57 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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>> No Showboating at the Benghazi Hearings

McCain and Graham?


42 posted on 05/07/2013 4:38:39 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: combat_boots
Wikipedia has the same characteristic as Conspiracy Journalism: it is pretty trustworthy when discussing a topic which is devoid of political implication - and “liberal” by default when there are political implications.

43 posted on 05/07/2013 4:42:50 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Resettozero

“Uh-huh, iPad, yeah right, you bet, iPad.”

It’s an iPad 1. Cut me some slack. hehe...


44 posted on 05/07/2013 4:56:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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