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So it's true: House Speaker John Boehner sees Benghazi as a political gambit. And I know you're as shocked to learn this as the guy with that awesome mustache over there to right.
Boehner has told leadership colleagues when they’re focusing on the terrorist attack, they’re fighting on their political ground.

“This is all Boehner,” said one senior Republican aide of the focus on Benghazi. “He’s obsessed with it. He brings it up all the time.” The sentiment was echoed with conversations throughout leadership, and the dynamic is acknowledged by his own aides.

For Boehner and GOP leaders, specifically, it has also become an effective way help them win valuable points with a right wing that has distrusted — and at times embarrassed — the leadership.

And proving the already obvious point that Boehner's ploy has worked like a charm with the wingnuts, here's RWNJ congressman Jason Chaffetz:
“More and more, I’m appreciating the wisdom of Boehner,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican on the Oversight Committee, who has been among those who has led the Benghazi charge.
Yes, wisdom. Because in the GOP bubble, it's wise to spend enormous amounts of energy investigating why the administration got milquetoast talking points wrong, even though the issue was litigated in a presidential election, including the most memorable moment of the 2012 debates. It didn't work then, but apparently they think it'll work in 2016. And if it keeps them off his back, John Boehner is happy to play along. To borrow a phrase: "Please proceed."


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  •  That's one hell of a bubble. (9+ / 0-)

    But they are in it so deep they don't know or care.

  •  Boner's impeccable timing causes him (2+ / 0-)

    to jump in front of the lemmings just as they approach the cliff.

    "We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" --James Fallows

    by Inland on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:38:09 AM PDT

  •  Man, I hope the IRS (3+ / 0-)
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    angry marmot, ThirstyGator, Faito

    really cracks down on whoever's backing this play.

    (Kidding.  Mostly.)

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:40:12 AM PDT

  •  3000 Dead in NYC...Over 7,000 Dead military.... (10+ / 0-)

    because the GOP failed to pay attention, then lied, then planned badly, and fail to learn from historical mistakes.

    Sad, little pathetic fuckers.

  •  Are there any recent reputable polls (2+ / 0-)
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    fou, zubalove

    on Benghazi and whether or not the focus on it is truly hurting or helping the GOP politically, similar to how gun safety legislation is helping and hurting politically?

  •  Saw a bumpersticker here in NC today......said.... (2+ / 0-)
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    fou, Observerinvancouver

    'Where Are The Jobs Boehner?'.....keep scoring points with the ones who'll crucify you if you don't toe the line.

  •  They won't stop on Benghazi, and they won't get (5+ / 0-)

    called on it, either.

    The plutocrats LOVE this story (nice smokescreen for doing precisely nothing on anything else, whatsoever).

    Corporate-owned media only happy to play along.

  •  How much does Congress cost on a minute by (4+ / 0-)
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    TexDem, orlbucfan, judyms9, Renie57

    minute basis?
    It might be very informative to take the yearly cost of Congress, divide it by however many minutes they are in session, then break down what they spend those minutes on. Any dedicated Congresswonks want a web app idea? There's one for free.
    I read somewhere that they've wasted 40 million on Benghazi so far, based on that kind of rationale. I wonder how much 39 attempts to repeal Obamacare has cost.
    A cost/benefit analysis of Congress might motivate their constituents to light some fires under their obstructionist butts.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:51:15 AM PDT

  •  "the wisdom of Boehner"? (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, Faito, here4tehbeer, Mr MadAsHell

    Worst self-help book evah.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:53:04 AM PDT

  •  I'm betting that behind closed doors (7+ / 0-)

    we are getting pretty close to "Vince Foster/Ron Brown was Murdered" and "Bill Clinton was a drug dealer/Chelsea Clinton was the product of rape" fever swamp territory with the House GOP caucus.

    This is governing via conveniently pouring gasoline on a fire by the GOP House leadership. While it is certainly true that they are just fucking themselves royally down the line with this shit, we still have to get through the next few years.

    I'm betting that 2016, 2018, and 2020 are not going to be kind to the Teahadi. But we have to get there.

    Even with all the crazy batshit, it's not inconceivable that the GOP could take the Senate majority and retain the House in 2014.

    At that point, all of this cowardly tossing of red meat spiked with conservative crack might blow up in all of our faces as Americans.

    Boner is just feeding that beast in lieu of bucking it and having to deal with the headache of trying to catherd Teahadi and do his job incredibly badly.

    I'm thinking that, between 2014 and 2016, even if we do keep the Senate majority, the circus is coming to town, and although we will survive it, and come out on top, it's going to be fucking nuts while it lasts.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:54:12 AM PDT

  •  And The House Still Has No Bill To Create Jobs (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Mr MadAsHell

    I believe that the more the GOP talk about Benghazi the more voters get tired of listening to them.  Today it is already old news.  I believe that most voters see the GOP politicizing this and overplaying their hand, and it also makes democrats just want to support President Obama and Hillary even more.  The GOP thinks this is uniting the GOP, but in reality it just hardens us democrats and is uniting us.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:57:10 AM PDT

    •  The GOP does not view job creation as a function (1+ / 0-)
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      of government.  They think it belongs in the private sector whether it gets done there or not.  For them government is nothing more than an ATM for their business constituents.  If most Americans see no return on their tax dollars or contributions to civic life, well, we'll just have to learn our place as serfs.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:46:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The problem this creates... (4+ / 0-)
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    ThirstyGator, Faito, judyms9, Mr MadAsHell

    Is that the House is effectively dictating the news cycle on this. That's the major problem. Democrats need get ahead of the curve on this on make the debate about something more substantive and harsher on the GOP. Allowing this to go on without counter damages Democrats.

    •  Why is it (1+ / 0-)
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      that you and I and everybody else on DKos can see that but the Democratic "leadership" cannot see that?

      •  I think Pelosi sees it. She spoke about it. But (1+ / 0-)
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        it's like yelling down a well.

        She was on fire April 26, the day that Congress passed the modification of the sequester to keep the FAA funded properly so that air traffic controller positions would not be left vacant:

        Ms. PELOSI.
        This is really a very unusual morning. We are here because of the refusal of the Republicans to come to the table for a conference.

        What is a conference? A conference is a public open meeting where differences between the House budget bill and the Senate budget bill can be reconciled.

        It is done with transparency and in full public view. Each side proud of our priorities, we have the American people be the judge of their statement of values.  Afraid of that public scrutiny, the Republicans have refused to appoint conferees for a conference. We call upon the Speaker to appoint conferees so that we can have that public airing, that transparent view, of something very important. The Republican leadership has said in the House and the Senate they want the regular order.

        What is the regular order?   The regular order is the House passes a bill; the Senate passes a bill; you go to conference. Now, afraid that their views may be rejected by the American people, they don’t want to go to conference. That’s why we are here this morning for sequestration.

        What is sequestration? Sequestration is a mindless, across the board cutting of what we are now recognizing as something that should not be cut. It affects the efficiency and the safety of our airports. That’s very important. Yet, as our distinguished Democratic whip, Mr. HOYER, has pointed out, there is much more that needs to be addressed instead of using this as a vehicle.

        This is THE story that the press should be covering and they're doing the Republicans a huge favor by keeping quiet about it.  If you don't read the Congressional Record where Speaker Pelosi's words appear the transcript of proceeding for that day, you'd probably never know there's something notable being suppressed.

        The quote appears on p 13 of the pdf or H2367.

        There is no existence without doubt.

        by Mark Lippman on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:13:05 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Benghazi is going to stick primarily (4+ / 0-)
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    ThirstyGator, a2nite, judyms9, citizen dan

    because of conservative control of the media.

    Nothing really happened? Big deal.

    This is a political stunt from the worst threat americans have: republicans.

    and simply because Republicans will make it stick despite nothing being there.

    Not even a blowjob, but you saw how they impeached Clinton, even though it didn't matter.

    They simply thugged that shit through and THEIR MEDIA assisted with all its might. that's what they are doing now.

    Dems will suffer because of their spinelessness and unwillingness to fight ugly. Dems will sit there like deer in the headlights, stammering and looking at their talking points.

    Sick of this wussy political bullshit that allows a vicious organization to roll over it like it isn't even there.

    Weakness sucks.

  •  I love that moustache guy :-) (0+ / 0-)

    Always the perfect visual aid to a “Breaking: Bears Shit In Woods” story.

    Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
    Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
    Code Monkey like you!

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    by Code Monkey on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:07:02 AM PDT

  •  Remember what happened ... (0+ / 0-)

    to the last Speaker who was obsessed with impeachment?

    Which side are you on?

    by ThirstyGator on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:07:30 AM PDT

    •  I do! I do! (0+ / 0-)
      Remember what happened ...
      to the last Speaker who was obsessed with impeachment?
      He went on to become a millionaire grifter!

      +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

      by cybersaur on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:43:35 PM PDT

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  •  If I were the Benghazi chicken I'd get ready (0+ / 0-)

    for at least another 18 months of serious fucking.

  •  Transparently Partisan Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs (2+ / 0-)
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    judyms9, Throw The Bums Out

    Batshit crazy ideological extremism.  Right now, Newt Gingrich is ranting on my TV about "the culture of big government" and is indicting the Obama/Clinton/Rice trimvurate as traitors to the American Democracy.  It is all so over the top, so extreme and hyperbolic.  It is now a parody of itself.  Issa is a low-life bottom feeder, scum sucking right wing nutcase whose whole purpose is to destroy Obama & Clinton and the Democratic Party. He is relentless, dishonorable and he will never stop his destructive attacks and his partisan rampage.  These people do not play the game by anyone's rules but their own dishonor and extremist right wing insanity with destroying Obama & Clinton (their greatest fear) as Communist/lying/traitors and villains - as their main goal.  They, and we may as well throw Cruze into that same snakepit, want to attack with poison and kill the Democratic leaers and party.  They are relentless and they are like mad dogs.  Snakes and mad dogs and fanatics.  It is unbelievable.  Boehner is now running with the Benghazi football and attempting to destroy the president and the probable future president, Hillary Clinton.

    There were failures in the security situation in Benghazi.  But this is becoming more and more insane and extreme.  The situation in Benghazi was complex and deeply  involved the CIA.  The Republicans are over the edge on this.  By they way, where is Miss Lindsay G of SC?

  •  Alternate Universe (0+ / 0-)

    So if we were living in a alternate universe, and all the allegations over Benghazi existed as they exist today, except Bush was president rather than Obama, and Pelosi was talking impeachment rather than Boehner, and MSNBC was pimping the story rather than Fox News, than all the people on this site would just be saying " nothing to see here ... just move along"

    Anybody who honestly believes that needs to talk to me about some beachfront property I have in Idaho.

    It's times like this that make me glad I am a indpendent who is allowed to think and analyze things for myself instead of being a hyper partisian sheeple that likes to call myself a "intellectual".

    Heres a news flash ... You don't need to be a rocket scientist to blindly follow a letter of the alphabet (D) ... Hate to burst your bubble ...

    Republicans may be hypocrites for making such a big deal about this, but you guys are even bigger hypocrites for calling them out on it, because you would be doing EXACTLY the same thing if the show was on the other foot, and people wonder why nothing gets done in Washington ...

    •  I'm still seeing "Impeach Bush" bumper stickers (0+ / 0-)

      on old belching cars in this area.  The old cars will be belching for a long, long time because congress spends all their time on cheesy theater rather than jobs and the economy.  When the Dems had the House for two years they passed nearly 350 different bills affecting us.  The wingers have passed repeal of Obamacare how many times?  What else have they done?  Come on.  Name three things within the next three minutes.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:56:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  350 Bills (0+ / 0-)

        I don't keep up with congress enough to tell you exactly how many bills they have passed or what the exact nature of each individual bill is. I can just tell you that congree has been a total failure with both republicans and democrats in control.

        Regardless you never answered my original question .... If the shoe was on the other foot would you be sitting here on DKos saying that this is all just a big waste of time and there is nothing to see here and we just all need to move along ?

        •  It is all a big waste of time. (0+ / 0-)

          Nothing more, nothing less.  Issa is a bottom feeder and a liar, crook and thief who is known for his criminal/shady dealings as a car salesman/dealership.  It is ingrained in him to play dirty.  And K. Rove is there with Dick Cheney - hiding behind the bushes.  And IndyNation attempts to deflect by calling those who see through the fog - sheeple Democrat whores - a paraphrase.

          Oh please.  

  •  I am schocked! Schocked! I say (0+ / 0-)

    Psst!!!......Mittens you are more of a poor loser than I thought.

    by wbishop3 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:14:31 AM PDT

  •  Boehner is so dumb... (0+ / 0-)

    that he is probably one of the group that doesn't even know where Benghazi is.

  •  One More Investigation (1+ / 0-)
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    is all the Repugnicants need to finally get to the
    "Real Conspiracy" behind "Benghazi".

    Just like the Next Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
    will Magically pass both the House and Senate.

    John Bone-Head is STUCK talking about "Benghazi"
    because He has absolutely NOTHING else.

    It's NOT as If John Bone-Head has any Choice.

    If He stops talking about "Benghazi", the Teabag Radicals
    and Wingnuts might want to REPLACE Him.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:33:07 AM PDT

  •  Maybe Boehner's motivation is simply a tactic (0+ / 0-)

    to distract from the fact that the Republicans cut back on spending for diplomatic security.  I.e., the Republicans are responsible for the Benghazi deaths.  If the roles were reversed, it's a lead pipe cinch that that's what the Republicans' message would be.  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:24:03 AM PDT

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