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Background on Eric Cantor:
     January 20, 2009, Eric Cantor plotted to sabotage the US Economy on January 20, with Paul Ryan and 11 other Republican Congressmen as outlined in Robert Draper's book and written about in DKos Diary here

Fast Forward to November 7, 2012:
     The day after the election, Bob Woodward told Sean Hannity that a few weeks before the election, Romney supporters went to his house and told him they had a government informant they wanted Woodward to meet with.

WOODWARD: "Some people close to Romney, a couple of weeks ago, just showed up at my house and said that they had somebody in a very sensitive position in the U.S. government who was willing to meet with me and give me information about Benghazi,"
    Was Eric Cantor one of the people Woodward referred to as "some people close to Romney?"

      Was Eric Cantor the "somebody in a very sensitive position in the US government?" -- or -- was that person the shirtless FBI dude?

      Woodward went on and told Hannity that at first the man did not show up but when they finally met, the man did not have first hand information.

WOODWARD: “Appointments were broken, the guy didn’t show up, he finally showed up, and he didn’t have anything where he had any firsthand knowledge, he said you ought to talk to this person and that person and so forth, so people are digging into it.”
     Was Woodward describing the FBI investigation on the cyber-bullying from Petraeus' lover when he said "this person and that person ... are digging into it?"

Conversation with Eric Cantor's office:      
      I have a friend who is a student studying journalism and is writing a paper on the Benghazi ambush who called Eric Cantor's office and asked if the shirtless FBI informant mentioned anything about Benghazi to Eric Cantor and then asked if Eric Cantor met with Bob Woodward.

      A man named "Jimmy" answered Eric Cantor's DC phone line and after telling my friend he did not know the answers to the questions, he said that Cantor's office was told not to talk about any of "it."

     Only written notes were taken on the phone call to Eric Cantor's office. From those notes:

STUDENT: Did the FBI agent disclose any information to Eric Cantor regarding Benghazi

JIMMY: "I don't know"

STUDENT: "After the agent talked to Eric Cantor, did Eric Cantor meet with the author Bob Woodward?"

JIMMY: "I don't know that either."

STUDENT: "Is there anyone in Eric Cantor's office, like maybe his Communication's Director, who can give me the answers?"

JIMMY: "No one is supposed to talk about it."

STUDENT: "really? No one is supposed to talk about it?  Can I quote you on that in my paper?"

JIMMY: "Yes."

STUDENT: "Can I ask you another question?"

JIMMY: "Yes"

STUDENT: "Can you tell me why Eric Cantor instructed his office not talk about it?"

JIMMY: "No, I don't know why."

      Like I said, only written notes were taken on the phone call to Eric Cantor's office.  Anyone reading can feel free to call Cantor's office to see if they can get any more information from them.  
Eric Cantor DC - phone (202) 225-2815

Conversation with Dave Reichert's office:
       The press has reported that the shirtless FBI Agent spoke with Rep. Dave Reichert (R) before talking to Cantor.  The student called Rep. Dave Reichert's office and spoke with Zack.

STUDENT: Did the FBI agent disclose any information to Dave Reichert regarding Benghazi

ZACK: "I am not authorized to answer that."

STUDENT: "Can you answer this, after the agent talked to Dave Reichert, did Reichert meet with the author Bob Woodward?"

ZACK: "I don't know that either."

STUDENT: Can you tell me why Rep. Reichert told you not to answer questions about this?

ZACK: "No, I don't know."

Dave Reichert DC - phone (202) 225-7761

Bob Woodward:
     Finally, the student tried to reach Bob Woodward at the Washington Post but only got his voice mail.  To my knowledge, Mr. Woodward has not contacted the student back.  
Washington Post Main Line: (202) 334-6000

      Obviously there is nothing wrong with Cantor or Reichert forbidding his staff from talking about anything ... including their contact with the Shirtless FBI guy and/or Bob Woodward.

       But, I really would like to know if Cantor did go to Romney's people and/or Bob Woodward.  

       After all, it was Eric Cantor who plotted to sabotage the US Economy on January 20, 2009 with Paul Ryan and 14 other Republican Congressmen as outlined in Robert Draper's book and written about in DKos Diary here

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  •  Since when did (8+ / 0-)

    "We're not talking about that" turn into guilty?

    This is a mush of CT right now.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:11:12 AM PST

  •  Inquiring minds want to know. Waiting is so hard (3+ / 0-)
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    to do. There's something big going on, though, beyond an affair.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:13:44 AM PST

    •  I've thought this from the beginning (1+ / 0-)
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      Deep Texan

      it's like a spouse disappears and when you see him/her interviewed on TV you just know something does not smell right.

      there are other shoes to drop.

      seems to me that the "social liaison" was providing a lot of services, her and her husband have a shady past and current financial issues.

      allen is denying having an affair with her. he is not denying he has had extramarital relations.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:02:34 AM PST

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  •  Go Sarah, Bob Woodward used to .... (9+ / 0-)

    ... write stuff like this before he became a megaphone for the VRWC (tongue in cheek, and yet...).

    Good on your student friend and excellent presentation of facts without a whiff of editorial or unsubstantiated innuendo.   The staff at Politico could take a lesson from it.

      •  Ditto Sarah. (9+ / 0-)

        I'm getting annoyed at everyone who shouts "CT" when someone writes about this.  

        There may well be something important beyond the 'sex scandal' aspect...or there is nothing, and the GOP is twisting itself into pretzels trying to make that nothing into some sort of  impeachable offense.

        It's important to keep on the chain of events, the who, where's and what's...if only to keep them from doing so (or to expose their process, which would amount to the same thing if there were any justice in the world.)

        I think your student did a great job.  Far more professional and painstaking than many journalists I know.  You must be a great teacher!

        It is very interesting to me that the right keeps their fingernails dug into Benghazi even now, when even their water-carrier Woodward says there is nothing there.  Thank God he has some integrity left.  I suggest that this strategy (and I believe it is a very deliberate strategy, not real outrage - except by military guys like John McCain who are kept out of the inner cabal's works) had its roots back in the spring, when we hear Mitt Romney and his supporters in the 47% video waxing nostalgic abou the good ol' days of the Iran-Hostage crisis and how Reagan and his peeps manipulated that to their advantage.  Yes, they really talk about that - go back and check.  It's chilling.  And Romney says, "If anything like that happened, I would work to take advantage of it."  

        Fast forward to the Romney camp's jumping the gun on their Benghazi press conference, before most of the facts were known.  

        No I'm not a full-fledged CT nut who thinks they were somehow behind the attack.  But I do think there has been some insider information, classified or not, that played into the Romney camp's very deliberate strategy to paint Obama as Carter in terms of foreign policy.  Obviously the attempt failed miserably pre election (!!!) but they are still at it.  Inexplicably.  

        I don't think they'd still be at it unless they felt there was something more to milk from it.  They'd be throwing some new Obama outrage at the wall hard, to see if it sticks.

        How Petraeus, his GF, Allen,  the sleazy Tampa socialite, and my favorite skeevy character, the "Shirtless FBI Dude" with the "anti-Obama worldview" fit into all this is still a mystery.  I do think Broadwell's casual mention of the secret prisons in her Denver speech could be a hint.

        It would be interesting for your student to contact Ron Kessler, former WP writer and best-selling author now working for one of the RW rags.  Ron (full disclosure, a friend and a great guy except for his political views!) wrote "inside the FBI" and maintains good relations there.  They love him.  The FBI hates the CIA.  I would take everything he says with the understanding of the very, very red anti-Obama filter through which he sees the world, but I'd be curious what he "claims" the FBI's position is on this now.

        ABC News has this:

        The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus' affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today.

        The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director J. Edgar Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. As one official said, the rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials) when negative information about them arises in the course of a criminal investigation that is not a crime.

        …Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

        "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

        by hopesprings on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:15:04 AM PST

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        •  Thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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          Thank you for reading my Diary and thank you for sharing your valuable information.

          •  My pleasure (0+ / 0-)

            ...Obama was strongly backing up the FBI in his press conference and confirming their right to follow their own protocols. Kessler was suggesting that the FBI was furious at Obama (for??? for??? I think maybe by the 'FBI', he's talking about those agents who would sit with "Shirtless FBI Dude" at his lunch table to discuss their shared "worldviews").

            It sounds to me, again, like reality is not backed up the CT but the right is digging into it even deeper.

            Perhaps to "create their own reality," to paraphrase Karl Rove, who still evidently has disdain for anything fact-based.

            "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

            by hopesprings on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:24:31 AM PST

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    •  I agree (7+ / 0-)

      The "conservative entertainment complex" is hard at work putting a disingenous spin on this whole sordid affair (no pun intended) as we speak. The best way to counter this spin is to present the facts, or the lack thereof, as straight forward as possible. The fact that these two Rep's offices chose to not comment is clearly a FACT in and of itself. The author has not mis-lead or mis-represented anything here. How many important coverups and conspiracies have been exposed after a good journalist asked a valid question and received a "no comment" in response. Kudos for asking the question.

  •  Umm... "No comment" is a fairly standard response, (3+ / 0-)
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    which frequently means that the respondent has, in fact, no comment.

    Honestly, I've said it myself.

  •  Strange stuff round these parts today. What gives? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Lots of reasons to attack Cantor (2+ / 0-)
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      At this point -- this isn't one of them

      I can't stand Eric Cantor - especially because he IS my rep.

      And I know better than most just how bad he is

      However -- this is just fucking stupid

      Even at worst -- assuming all the conspiracy theories tying Cantor into this -- what is it that he did?

      Cantor sux -- and for a lot of reasons - but this is just a giant waste of time

      Oh - and BTW -- David Petraeus SUX!!! ... i can not fucking believe that somehow people are having feinting spells around here about Petraeus'  well deserved downfall!

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:40:43 AM PST

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  •  I have zero clue (7+ / 0-)

    how a crappy interview and a student getting non-commital responses from Cantor and Reichert's offices morphed into this diary.

    Suspension of disbelief doesn't even work here.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:18:20 AM PST

    •  ok, so if I had left out the interview from the (3+ / 0-)
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      student ... your complaint would be I didn't give Cantor's side.

      Personally, I think Woodwards interview raises the question all by itself of: Did Cantor speak with Woodward?

      I added the student's info as an FYI ...

      •  No, my complaint is (4+ / 0-)

        Woodward's "interview" provides zero information.  And what does the Petraeus affair have to do with Benghazi.  He can be called to testify before congress whether he is head of CIA or not.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:54:51 AM PST

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        •  is it that inconceivable that (3+ / 0-)
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          the unhinged FBI agent who we've been told was politically motivated was not trying to tie petreaus affair to the disaster in benghazi and on to O?

          all the shit that the right had done the previous four years to hang something on O and impeach him.......the right was desperate and there was lots of money on the line.

          maybe trying to make the connection seems nuts but I can see them pulling out whatever stop they dreamed up.

          mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

          by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:08:56 AM PST

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  •  Where there is smoke, there is fire... (2+ / 0-)
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    Woodward, Cantor and the FBI are not going to say anything.

    Hopefully someone in the know with the disassembled Romney campaign will spill the beans...

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  •  What I'm most shocked about is the entire (1+ / 0-)
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    cast of players implicated in this sad tragicomedy.

    Who'd ever have thunk that these fine folks weren't totally above reproach?  

    Oh well, live and learn I suppose.

  •  we will never know (0+ / 0-)

    It will be interesting to see how the republicans act going forward.

  •  I think there's a page missing from my program. (5+ / 0-)

    How did we get from shirtless FBI guy to Benghazi? The only link I'm aware of between the Petraeus scandal and Benghazi is Broadwell's tidbit about militia prisoners at the CIA annex, which was probably something she half-heard from a mistaken Fox report.

    Or perhaps the GOP is now pressing for a special prosecutor to examine why Jill Kelley's demands for diplomatic protection went unheeded as her inviolable lawn was swarmed by reporters? That would be Benghazi-esque, sort of.

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:36:34 AM PST

  •  Sorry, but this is very, very weak. (3+ / 0-)
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    There's nothing connecting the dots you're trying to connect.

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:45:36 AM PST

    •  how can you be sure? (1+ / 0-)
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      with all due respect, how can you be sure?

      I feel as though I posed a logical question to an interview Bob Woodward had where he said someone in the govt was leaking information to him ....

      Now that we know Cantor met with the shirtless FBI guy --- how can you be sure, Cantor and/or the FBI guy didn't meet with Woodward?

      •  Because I read the diary. (1+ / 0-)
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        And it contains nothing but speculation.

        The only thing tying Cantor to Woodward is the presumed fact that he was a Romney supporter and Woodward said he was approached by Romney supporters.  That's a mighty thin reed to hang your argument on.

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:15:59 AM PST

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        •  do you know there is a difference (3+ / 0-)
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          between "Speculation" and "questions"

          I posed questions based off of a set of factual events ... as it should be ... and as how most questions are developed.

          For one thing, I find it incredible bizarre that a shirtless FBI dude went to Eric Cantor in the first place ... why Eric Cantor ... is Eric Cantor on  the Homeland Security Committee, or Intelligence Committee, or any other Committee that deals with National Security?  Answer: NO, Cantor is not.

          Another thing I do know about Eric Cantor, on January 20, 2009 he plotted to sabotage the US Economy for personal political gain ... I call that being a Traitor to America.

          Then, I also know, Cantor waited 4 days to contact the head of the FBI to tell the head of the FBI that the FBI was investigating a cyber-bully from Tampa ... 4 days - hmmmm

          My point: Eric Cantor has proven he is a Traitor to this country ... so yes ... I do question why the shirtless FBI dude picked Eric Cantor and why Eric Cantor waited 4days to call the head of the FBI when obviously the FBI already knew they were investigating the Cyber-bully from Tampa.

          Eric Cantor's story that he gave the press does not add up for me.... when I add that to Woodward's interview it caused me to question whether or not Eric Cantor went to Woodward before going to the head of the FBI?

    •  btw: I like your Rowland quote nt (1+ / 0-)
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    •  it's a lot less weak (1+ / 0-)
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      Deep Texan

      that a lot of other stuff I have seen posted, with all due respect.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:10:35 AM PST

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  •  is it not possible (3+ / 0-)
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    that unhinged FBI agent wanted a bigger audience and/or would do anything given what has been reported strong political motivations?

    maybe 1+1 does not equal 2, maybe it does.

    at the end of the day, money drives everything and there was lots to be gained if the election went another way.

    I would think regardless of who the characters involved were, would it not be an issue if an FBI agent who was not assigned to a case told others about an ongoing investigation that did not need to know about it?

    it has been written that there are protocols for notifying congressional members who have oversight for intelligence and certainly it would not seem those who were told needed to know which is likely why the FBI agent is under investigation himself.

    seems the woman collected men she could use for personal gain.

    whether true or not, bringing a reporter in to the mix would seem to be an issue as would that reporter bringing the information to a presidential candidate looking to gain political advantage.

    there are questions to be asked and questions to be answered and I see no harm if what the author posted.  dots can be connected.

    mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

    by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:56:41 AM PST

  •  they are transparent (1+ / 0-)
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    and the ppl here who tout Bob's b.s. as truth are being led down a dark alley.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:00:45 AM PST

    •  woodward (4+ / 0-)

      has lost a lot of credibility. not sure what happened or as he got older he just lost his ability to reason.

      as you know deep, there are a lot of people who would never have believed watergate could have happened or that deep throat existed......or for that matter that lee harvey was a lone gunman. who would have believed that the supreme court would select a US president.

      nothing would surprise me and I am no conspiracy theorist. my eyes are much more wide open then they were 20 years ago.

      when there are billions of dollars at stake, people will do absolutely anything.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:15:02 AM PST

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  •  i think you and your friend need to finish (0+ / 0-)

    watching "All the President's Men".

    I think you skipped the parking garage scene and went straight to the knocking on the door scenes.

    I like most of the past diaries you have done, so maybe this might lead to something more.

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:17:26 AM PST

  •  Know a whole lotta nothing. (0+ / 0-)

    We need a little more info before speculation can begin.

    From what I've seen, Cantor launched an inquiry that has the (un)fortunate side-effect of getting Patraeus axed.

    Too bad, so sad.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:25:09 AM PST

    •  you got your facts mixed up (2+ / 0-)
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      investigation was "launched" because a horny FBI agent was played by a "social liaison" who collects men to use them.

      superiors of horny agent asked him to back off and have now launched an internal investigation for professional conduct........because he was overzealous and they found out he had ulterior motives wanting to both get laid and defeat O.

      once he had his pee-pee slapped, horny agent contacted a GOP rep from WA even though horny agent lives in FLA and GOP rep from WA ran to Cantor.

      think horny agent is in deep shit for a lot of things as there has been no criminal activity uncovered only a consensual extramarital affair.

      questions abound as to what happened between the time horny agent told cantor and canto told mueller.

      woodward himself said he was approached by people close to mittens regarding a government informant who supposedly had info on benghazi only to be proven to be unreliable.

      seems easily conceivable that unhinged, horny agent was trying to get more attention which would get him in to "social liaisons" good graces and have a negative impact on O.

      all of the above up to the last paragraph is fact, not speculation. the last paragraph is connecting the dots. not suggesting connecting the dots is right or wrong. just connecting the dots.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:02:27 AM PST

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      •  How much of that did Cantor know? (1+ / 0-)
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        That agent was boxed out, was frustrated, and reached out to a pet congresscritter.  That congresscritter asked some questions that proved to be the tipping point demonstrating that the jig was up and so Patraeus was told to hit the road.

        Cantor didn't need to know most of the internal bits, and as we see the agent didn't either.  

        Whaaaaa.  I don't really care that much.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:12:59 AM PST

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  •  Eric Cantor appears to be continuing ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...his crusade to purposefully ensure POTUS Obama and the American people "fail" in our endeavor to have a well developed healthy nation verses one that is better for a few but continuing to worsen for most. That is neither a "Christ-like" image that so many conservative religious-right republicans profess to believe nor does it in with the basic tenets of our Constitution...the guiding document of the "Great American Experience" that in my humble opinion continues to be the essence of Americans dream-society.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:32:06 AM PST

    •  sure seems that way (0+ / 0-)

      they are probably working on continuing their obstruction strategy into 2016.

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:56:37 AM PST

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      •  hope they do (2+ / 0-)
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        they will pay the price in 2014.

        look forward to day Texas and FLA turn permanently blue and we get to actually govern the country.

        mcconnel said on the senate floor yesterday " we have a mandate not to raise taxes as there are 50 senators who don't want to' (paraphrasing).....!!!! ahh, mitch, the number of senators does not determine whether or not there is a mandate......60% of those who voted want taxes raised...that, mr.  (and I use the term mr. loosely) mcconell is a mandate.

        mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

        by wewantthetruth on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:06:59 AM PST

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  •  I think Eric Cantor is not getting nearly the (3+ / 0-)
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    amount of focus he should be.  His name is rarely mentioned and when it is, it is almost as an afterthought.  I am very interested in the timeline for when this FBI guy first contacted Reichert and subsequently when he met with Cantor.  Also, how long after that did Cantor contact Mueller?  What is the protocol that Cantor should have followed when he received this information from a "whistleblower"?  Who else did Reichert/Cantor notify or speak to regarding this matter?  (Woodward?)

    I thank you for this diary because, although it is a great deal of speculation, at least you are speculating about something that the media is not even questioning.  

    Also, the media is not giving much play to the "shirtless" FBI guy, except to constantly mention that he sent shirtless pics to Kelly.  I read one article which stated the guy was politically motivated to get this story out before the election in order to hurt President Obama.  Was this Cantor's motivation as well?  

    It is my contention that had Cantor not contacted the FBI, Petraeus would still have his job and this whole fiasco would not be playing out now.  

  •  I have seen a report which indicates that Hillary (2+ / 0-)
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    Clinton talked with Petraeus all through the night of the Benghazi attack, and another report indicates that Paula Broadwell claims that the Benghazi "consulate" was a front for a CIA detention facility which was illegal under a January, 2009 order from the President.  If the Secretary of State was requesting that the CIA director provide a rescue party for an illegal Benghazi CIA outpost which was ostensibly under the total control of Clinton's State Department, and if the President was kept unaware of the violation of his January, 2009 order, does anyone else smell a Republican plot to affect the 2012 election which was set in motion by people which included some individuals in high positions on the President's own team?  Contrary to those who think that this diarist totally relied on useless speculation, I congratulate the diarist and urge that the good work be continued. Eventually, I believe that the Republicans will be hoisted on their own cabalistic petard, and that Netanyahu will be shown to have had a major part in these "affairs" (pun intended) in order to aid the presidential aspirations of Bibi's preferred candidate, Mitt Romney.  This entire episode may prove to be the catalyst which demonstrates that the Republican Party has gone way past being the loyal opposition to the President, and have catapulted themselves into the rancid swamp known as traitorous territory.

  •  You're probably right (0+ / 0-)

    about the FBI agent and possibly Cantor going to Bob Woodward, so if anything came of it, a journalist would be the one with the "scoop". Kudos to Woodward for seeing that it was all smoke -- just a clueless FBI agent trying to hurt Obama and make a name for himself as a "whistleblower". I hope that dude gets fired once the FBI finishes its investigation -- he went to Congress over the objections of his supervisors who told him to stay out of it. The whole thing is so silly but it's silly season in politics.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:15:33 AM PST

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