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You Got Your Wish Senator Graham

If you recall, Lindsey Graham is known for the statement:

“The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

graham trumpNow that his party has become the exact demographic he wanted, Donald Trump is leading in the GOP polls, and poor Lindsey Graham has the sadz. In an interview with CNN:

Graham chalked Trump’s lead up to a “dark side of politics that Mr. Trump is appealing to.” He said Trump is channeling the same Republican primary voters who believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born in Kenya.

“He is shallow, he is ill-prepared to be commander-in-chief, he doesn’t know what he is talking about in terms of how our laws work, he says the worst things possible about immigrants and women, and he’s a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy…

Luckily he specified he was was talking about Donald Trump, because the above description could fit any one of the GOP’s 2016 candidates. Graham added:

“So I think over time, common sense will prevail.”

Does he really. For the past 7 years, Lindsey Graham and his party have said and done nothing to inform their voters or improve their lives. They have stoked the GOP fires of racism, bigotry, and misogyny, while governing through blatant dishonesty. They’ve been happy to let their voters’ uneducated anger fester and grow.

It is Conservatives who have driven the wedge deeper and deeper into this country; now it has blown up in their face with Donald Trump’s candidacy. They have no message, they have no plan, and now they’ve lost any shred of legitimacy.

This is the party you asked for, Senator Graham:

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Are you happy now?

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Donald Trump’s Fantasy Cabinet

trump clownDue to a large swath of imbeciles in the Conservative Movement, Donald Trump is currently leading the polls for the GOP’s 2016 Presidential nomination. So Mr. Trump, clown extraordinaire, is considering his tentative cabinet, should hell freeze over, pigs fly, it snows in summer, and he gets elected. It is a mashup of has-beens, never-weres, and egos the size of Texas.

Trump recently stated he would love to have Sarah Palin in his cabinet. I think a locked cabinet in someone’s basement would be better for the country but hey, what do I know. What cabinet post you ask? He didn’t say, but let’s think:

palin empty chairSecretary of Education? Don’t think so. Not only are her English language skills debatable, but her grasp of American history and geography hovers around 1st grade level.

Secretary of Labor? Hardly. Do the terms Sarah Palin and work go hand in hand to you?

Secretary of the Interior? She probably thinks that means redecorating the White House.

coulter scarecrowI have to admit, the Palin post is a stumper. Ann Coulter on the other hand, is volunteering to be Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security. How about head of border security? He could just tie the emaciated witch to a post and prop her up on the border somewhere, sort of like an androgynous scarecrow. Nobody would come near that.

Trump also said he’d like to make Trey Gowdy Attorney General. He’s the little pinhead with the oversized ego in charge of the Republicans’ SEVENTH committee looking into Benghazi. Just the word Benghazi gives this guy a woody. FYI, the New York Observer reports:

trey-gowdyOver 13 months the Benghazi Select Committee has spent more than $3,500,000, exceeding the budget of the entire House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Gowdy now states the committee will continue its work into 2016 raising its cost to taxpayers to more than $6,000,000…

He’ll probably end up old and senile, wandering around the nursing home muttering the word Benghazi, punctuated by occasional shouts of Hillary! like a Tourette’s sufferer.

I’m actually looking forward to the humor Trump’s “Cabinet picks” will provide, but you and I know the only cabinet he stands a chance of organizing in 2016 is his medicine cabinet.

1187819_SMJPG_7FU94092BJ1890229cross-posted at All Things Democrat

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Marco Rubio is No Statesman

rubio water bottleFor one brief second I thought: Wow, maybe Marco Rubio is one Republican candidate with a sliver of character. I was reading his response to Donald Trump’s immigration statements, where he said:

“Here’s what’s so important to me; the presidency of the United States is not just the top government official. It is the leader of our people and our nation as well.

It’s important we have– to conduct the presidency, it has to be done in a dignified way, with a level of class. I don’t think the way he’s behaved over the last few weeks is either dignified or worthy of office he seeks.”

7617-illustration-of-a-yellow-and-red-burst-pv2Then the little shit slapped me right back to reality:

“We already have a president now that has no class.”

What the hell was I thinking? I’ve been around too long to expect any degree of civility from Conservatives. Truth is, Marco Rubio almost lost his seat at the GOP adult table after his little foray into immigration reform, and still has a lot of kissing and making up to do. We’ll never see an original thought from that guy again. But since he wants to talk about about class, I’ll oblige; here’s the level of class Mr. Rubio has exhibited, courtesy of Mother Jones:

  • Charging personal expenses on the party credit card
  • Double billing Florida taxpayers and the GOP for flights
  • Finally paying a home mortgage after 5 months because it was headed to foreclosure
Bear in mind, this is a guy who said:
 
We need transparency in government spending. We need to put each government expenditure online so every Floridian can see where their tax money is being spent.

But my personal favorite regarding the class act that is Marco Rubio: Voting against the 2014 Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act when it took the man himself 16 years to pay off over $100,000 in student loan debt. Luckily for Rubio, unlike most graduates, he could pay it off with the proceeds from a book.

Marco Rubio once said:

We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.

I don’t know about you, but I’d say he’s one of the first that needs to go.
 
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Why I Love Conservatives

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Today’s Quote

Today’s quote comes from Green Eagle’s “Wingnut Wrapup” (if you haven’t visited his site, you should):

green eagle quoteHave a great day.

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They Said What? Latest RW Idiocy

facepalmThey Said What?

Sometimes there’s such a smorgasbord of RW idiocy out there, the posts can’t come fast enough; for those times, pulling a quote or two from the drivel can say it all.

 

Idiot Supreme Alex Jones:

Palin“Palin says she’s very interested in a 2016 campaign. Hey I’ll say it, Palin is a lot better than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, she’s the real deal… the “winning ticket is Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin or Rand Paul, Sarah Palin.”

The ONLY thing the Wasilla Hillbilly is “very interested in” is keeping the rubes donating to her PAC so she can maintain her Clampetts meet Beverly Hills lifestyle. While her PAC donated a paltry 5.5% of $3.6 million to actual candidates, they spent $10,885 buying her books, and most of the rest on lavish travel and speech writers.

This comes to us from Media Matters:

Fox Hosts Promote Scott Walker As The “Sexy” Republican 2016 Hopeful

I think pictures speak for themselves:

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Yeah, I’m just not seein’ it. A President should at least look like he’s passed the puberty stage. I guess he might be sexy if you’re into that dufus look.

From Crooks & Liars:

terrorist laughingNewly elected GOP Sen. Thomas Croci of Islip introduced legislation this week to create the “New York State Terrorist Registry” to track evildoers who have taken up residence in the Empire State. The registry, which would be accessible to the public on the Web, would be modeled after the one now used to track registered sex offenders living in New York and would require the terrorists.

“It will discourage terrorists worldwide from entering New York, require those already in New York to register and be monitored,” Croci told the Daily News. “Most importantly, it will provide our law enforcement with an important new tool, to immediately arrest a terrorist who has not registered and submitted to monitoring once their presence in New York State is discovered.”

Some Tennessee Religious RW idiocy courtesy of Squatlo Rant:

holy-wordsState Rep. Jerry Sexton’s first official proposal at the Legislative Plaza was a motion to consider naming an official state book for the Volunteer State, and you’ll never guess which book he’d like his colleagues to consider: The Holy Bible.

Undeterred by the failure of similar proposals in both Mississippi and Louisiana, Sexton has filed a motion to debate making the Bible Tennessee’s official state book. We already have a state tree, flower, fruit, song, and dance… hell, we’ve even got a state salamander. Surely we need ourselves an official state book, right?

And as Squatlo reports, not to be outdone:

WTF?Rep. James Van Huss (R-Jonesboro) has filed a motion to have new language inserted into Tennessee’s State Constitution, language that will make it clear who’s running the show. Here’s the phrase he wants the legislature to add to the constitution:

“We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.”

There you go! See how easy it is to make sure everyone knows you’re a fine, upstanding Christian taking care of the state’s business in Nashville? So what if some other panderin’ fool beat you to the low hanging fruit by going on the record with the Holy Bible as the state’s official book? There’s still plenty of fruit dangling around if you know how to reach it!

Speaking of God and politics, one of Rick Perry’s “financiers” recently told the Daily Mail:

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‘He and his wife believe they are touched by God, and that this is his time,’ the donor said. ‘It’s like – they can’t lose – that’s the sense of it.’

Rick Perry’s been touched by something alright, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the hand of God.
Think Progress had this:
rocksDuring a House Education and Workforce Committee proceeding on Wednesday to reauthorize the nation’s elementary and secondary education law, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) said, “Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.”
FYI: Virginia got a grade of C+ on the Education Week 2015: State Report Cards Map.

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Rick Santorum Makes a Despicable Play

Rick Santorum can’t sink much lower.

If you’re Rick Santorum, and you got your “Christian” ass kicked in your last attempt to become President, what do you do? Evidently, you put on some “blue collar” type clothes (to hide the fact that you’re a millionaire) and start whipping up the Republican base about “those immigrants”.

Not the undocumented folks that your party usually denigrates, oh no, you’re going to get the angry white guys to start hating on legal immigrants, too. It’s a despicable ploy and Santorum should be ashamed of himself:

Rick Santorum claims to be a Catholic, yet he sinks so low as to literally create another avenue of hate for the hateful, with a bald-faced lie:

Since 2000 there have been a little over six million net new jobs created. What percentage of those net new jobs are held by people not born in this country? Half? Sixty? All of them.

Santorum’s statement comes from a report by the Center for Immigration Studies, a not-so-pro-immigration group:

…who’s Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight told the Inter Press Service News Agency in 2005 that immigration threatens “the American people as a whole and the future of Western civilization.”SPLC

Here are a few of the report’s errors, courtesy of PunditFact:

First, that study focused on workers between 16 and 65 years old. In a footnote, the authors acknowledge that the results would look quite different if they had included older workers.

The center’s study also noted that the time period you pick will change what the data show. The report said, “Since the jobs recovery began in 2010, 43 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants.” That, obviously, is much less than “all” of the new jobs.

…the study lumped legal and illegal immigrants together.

[it] …is correct that foreign-born workers, both citizens and noncitizens, do disproportionately well in the job market. But the actual numbers fall well short of the 100 percent…”All” is an overstatement.

One of Pope Francis’ messages in the church’s 2014 “World Day of Migrants and Refugees” declared:

“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.”

rick santorumWould Rick Santorum change his statement if he were shown its inaccuracy, probably not. His anti-immigrant stance is a cornerstone of conservative politics. I’m not sure his campaign can stoop any lower this in the future, but nothing would surprise me.

He couldn’t win as a religious zealot, so now he’s re-invented himself as a “blue collar” kinda guy; thing is, he’s never had a blue collar job in his life. Rick wants to be President, and he’ll say and do whatever it takes to get his party’s nomination.

cross-posted@ All Things Democrat

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The Idiots and the Oddities 11/2/14

97 The Idiots and the Oddities

I’m reprising a weekly roundup I have done in the past at Daily KOS and All Things Democrat titled The Idiots and the Oddities. It’s a look at some of the more standout ridiculous, ironic, and borderline lunatic statements from the the right.

When the Tea Party infested politics, it emboldened every missing link and failed genetic experiment to come out of the woodwork and foist their particular brand of insanity upon America. They don’t even pretend to think anymore:

Gay Marriage Bad, No Marriage Better

Let’s start with Idaho Republican state senator, Steve Vick, who thinks he’s found the way to fight marriage equality – don’t let anyone in Idaho get married.

“Another potential avenue that I’m exploring is just eliminating marriage licenses inVick1164 Idaho.
I have discussed it with just a few people, I don’t have a bill drafted or anything. I have discussed it at some of the town halls I’ve been at. It actually seems to be fairly well-received. In my opinion, if we’re not allowed to determine the standards for a marriage license, then maybe we should just not issue them.”

That’ll go over big. Lest you think he’s bouncing around all alone in that rubber room, his pals in Oklahoma are are right there with him, as CBS/Houston reports:

TurnerOklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to ban all marriages in the state, if only as just a move to keep same-sex marriage illegal while satisfying the U.S. Constitution.
The consideration is backed by a bill filed by state Rep. Mike Turner, R-Edmond, who says that he and other conservative lawmakers agree that government regulation of marriage altogether is a topic for debate, KWTV reports. Turner acknowledges that the move would keep same-sex marriage illegal, and allow it to navigate around a recent ruling that same-sex bans are against federal law.
“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner told KWTV.

The Right’s Big Thinkers

I’m guessing you could probably count those constituents on one hand. Louie Gohmert, a guy who actually was dropped on his head as a baby, had this to say recently:

gohmert“It’s amazing, so often I get quoted and people say it’s outrageous and then a year or two years later people go, ‘Wow, he was right all along,’”

Yeah, I hear that a lot, don’t you – right after they call Michele Bachman a genius. Speaking of Her Geniusness, Bachmann is hoping her post-Congress career will include “a position at a think tank”. She actually said that. I’m guessing the only position she’d qualify for would be cleaning the tank, but she can dream, right?bachmann

From Phyllis Schlafly, a woman I keep waiting to hear has been put in a home, comes this gem:

P. Schlafly“There are all kinds of diseases in the rest of the world, and we don’t want them in this country. And it’s Obama’s job to keep them out. Letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people” is “the most outrageous” thing Obama has done in his presidency.

Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional. He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.”

I know it’s not polite to speak ill of the dead, but I’ll make an exception in Mrs. Schlafly’s case: She is one nasty, hateful old biddy. Some of the most unhinged comments about this president have come out of this woman’s mouth, most of them bordering on dementia.

About Beauty, By the Beast

On to New Hampshire, and State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt who had this to say about incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster:

“Let’s be honest. Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”

Vaillancourt  ← This is Steve Vaillancourt by the way; quite the Adonis, no? Imagine that thing comin’ at you in the dark. He’s more proof that conservative men don’t own mirrors.

Palin family photo by Mario Piperni

Palin family photo by Mario Piperni

 

Another Palin Whine

And finally, after Alaska’s version of the Clampetts got into that throwdown at the hoedown, Bristol Mae took to her blog to complain about the coverage of the incident. After telling her version of events, she writes:

This is what I don’t understand.  I have mostly stayed out of the public eye for the past few years. I clock in and out of work – yes I actually have a job – like most middle class Americans and chip away at making my son’s life just a little bit easier.  So why does the media still choose to put the Palins into an entirely different category of people?

Yeah I know, it cracked me up too, that “chip away” bit especially. Most single Mothers don’t get paid speaking gigs for abstinence after they’ve done anything but abstain, or invitations to DWTS, or their own reality show for that matter.  And I’m not sure how doing a non-wife version of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (yet another vulgar reality show) constitutes “staying out of the public eye”.  Bristol Mae has complained in the past that:

“Most of what the media reports about our family is complete garbage.”

I think what she meant to say is that the media are constantly reporting what goes on with her trashy family. (By the way Bristol dear, your family is in an entirely different category; it’s just the people aspect that’s still under debate.) That’s the idiots and oddities for this installment.

Have a good week folks.

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Cue the Pre-Election Gun Paranoia

Just like clockwork you can count on Conservatives to ramp up the gun paranoia whenever an election rolls around. They’re coming for your guns! Buy more now! Hurry!  Gun sales fly off the charts, gun manufacturers make a fortune, and, well … nobody ever comes for those guns. RWNJs will connect anything and everything back to gun rights, and no matter how far fetched it sounds to a rational person, there will be believers. The latest convoluted connection between natural events and gun grabbing comes to us from WND and Morgan Brittany, host of the conservative show PolitiChicks. According to Media Matters:

A columnist for conspiracy site WND asked [her] whether the Obama administration has “orchestrated” Ebola and other crises in order to declare “martial law” and seize everyone’s guns.

Evidently, Ms. Brittany had recently attended a dinner party laced with conspiracy nuts, and a conversation about Ebola predictably snowballed into fear mongering that the government has a coffin ready and waiting for you – because they want your guns, of course. Here’s what she told WND:

tinfoilhatsOne of the men brought up the fact that Washington has known for months if not years that we were at risk for some sort of global pandemic. According to a government supplier of emergency products, the Disaster Assistance Response Team was told to be prepared to be activated in the month of October for an outbreak of Ebola.

Hmm, that’s just like the fact that they knew 60,000 illegal children were going to be coming across our southern border eight months before it happened.

Questions were then brought up about the stockpiling of ammunition and weapons by Homeland Security over the past couple of years and the $1 billion worth of disposable FEMA coffins supposedly stored in Georgia. Why was there preparation being made for FEMA camps to house people in isolation? These were the questions being seriously discussed.

Obviously Ms. Brittany either believes this nonsense, or is quite content to sit back and let idiocy reign as long as it’s directed at the current President, and gets the gun paranoia boiling. Let’s look at the “plot”, point by point:

1. Risk of global pandemic:

Anyone who doesn’t realize we risk some sort of global pandemic on a daily basis is a fool. The number of countries without adequate sanitation, coupled with the speed with which people can travel the world, is a recipe for the spread of disease. Consider the site Health Map: it plots diseases throughout the world on a daily/weekly basis. In addition to Ebola, there are cases of Dengue, Cholera, Hepatitis, Swine Flu, and Marburg Fever; in fact currently, it seems there as many if not more cases of Dengue as Ebola. Any developed country not prepared for disease on a grand scale would be derelict in protection of its citizens.

2. The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART):

This was originally a Canadian unit established around 1994 as an answer to “the need for a rapid-response capability to provide effective humanitarian aid”. The U.S. does not have one centralized DART; states and cities have established their own to support police departments and municipalities. The claim about an October preparedness command has been thoroughly debunked.

3. 60,000 children crossing the border:

The government didn’t “know” 60,000 children would cross the border “8 months ahead of time”, it was a projection for 2014 based on data (you know, that critical thinking stuff Conservatives hate so much):

Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2013: Whereas the number of children apprehended averaged 6,800 between federal fiscal years (FY) (October 1-September 30) 2004 and 2011, the total jumped to over 13,000 children in FY2012 and over 24,000 children in FY 2013. HHS/ORR, as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimate that more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors could enter the United States during 2014.

4. “Government stockpiling ammunition”:

When even Breitbart admits this is a myth, you know it’s full blown ridiculous:

The concerns surrounding DHS stockpiling ammunition are nothing but more fear-mongering and largely unwarranted.

You can read their full myth vs. fact report here, and I must say, it’s the most rational thing I’ve ever seen come out of that site. Another thing important to note: Some of those government orders were placed as far back as 2003; try as they might, Conservatives, can’t place Obama in the White House at that time.

5. “$1 billion worth of disposable FEMA coffins” From Fact Check:

These containers aren’t “disposable coffins” for bodies; they’re placed in the ground to protect the coffin from water seepage and to maintain level ground above, according to Snopes.com.

Conspiracy theories about the containers started appearing in 2007… [Oops, no Obama in the White House then either] tens of thousands of the vaults were stored on leased land in Madison, Ga., back in the 1990s by the manufacturer, the nearby Vantage Products Corp.

…the burial vaults aren’t owned by the government, or FEMA, or any one individual; they have either been sold to funeral homes for pre-need arrangements, or are being stored until sold.

Everything eventually circles back to gun control paranoia for Conservatives. Is it because Americans are in imminent danger of nra-Puppettslosing their 2nd Amendment rights? Hardly. When you have nothing to offer your voters in the way of substance, you prey on their fears; and Conservatives know the best way to do that is talking about gun rights. Anything that keeps the working class from thinking about income inequality, jobs, wages, or the lack of Conservative solutions, and deflects their anger toward President Obama (not that most of them need help in that area), keeps Republicans and the Tea Party from needing any kind of actual plan.

The more Conservatives and the NRA hype their “Coming for your guns” meme, the more money the gun makers, lobbyists, NRA, and yes – Wayne LaPierre make. That’s all it’s ever really been about. As Consortium News put it:

Image from Politicalgates

Image from Politicalgates

The bottom line is that it really is the bottom line: money. The NRA and its gun lobby pals keep the market jumping.

So firearms and ammunition manufacturers, including Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Sturm Rugar, and Olin (Winchester Ammunition), give the NRA millions. Depending on the company, this includes direct contributions, percentages of sales and sometimes even free NRA memberships with a purchase.

That’s why, as I’ve mentioned, things start going off the gun paranoia charts around election time. At the NRA’s 2014 convention in April, spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen began dutifully blowing the horn:

“This really is a do-or-die year for the NRA and for Second Amendment rights.”

Of course it is. Again. Indiana’s Fox 59 reported at the time:

“Our freedom is under attack and we simply have no other option than to take action if we are to repel this attack,” reads the narrative description of the NHR-ILA Grassroots Workshop: Stand and Fight in the 2014 Elections. “This is the time to prepare for the inevitable battles we will face in the future.”

Rep Mike Kelly (R-PA) told a conservative site in March of this year:

You have to constantly be ringing that bell, ‘They’re coming for your guns, they’re coming for your guns.’ Because as soon as we back off, we lose. And if we let them convince us that they really don’t want to take our guns away, then we lose.

They would lose more than they think; without constant stoking of the phony gun paranoia machine, red state voters might actually pay attention to how badly they’re being screwed by their own party.

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Benghazi Investigation Rapidly Deflates

What Was Benghazi Investigation Really For?

After almost two years of incessant Conservative hawking of the Benghazi tragedy for political purposes, FINALLY… just listen for a minute… can you hear it? That’s the sound of stunned “what do we do now?” silence from the Right and their political media suck-ups as one more scandal balloon deflates. In fact, Chairman Issa’s “oversight” batting average should have sent him back to the minor leagues long ago.

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It seems the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has concluded its Benghazi investigation, and voted to declassify their report which, according to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) via the San Francisco Chronicle finds:

– Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”

— “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”

— “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”

— The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

Conservatives have done their best to keep the Benghazi balloon in the air with endless committees and investigations, as Steve Benen reports:

“… the deadly violence in Benghazi two years ago has now been investigated by the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the independent State Department Accountability Review Board, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

What Did the Benghazi Investigation Cost Us?

So what did this political witch hunt/swamp-walk by the “fiscally responsible” party cost taxpayers? According to the Associated Press:

The Pentagon says Congress’ multiple investigations of the deadly 2012 attack… have cost the department millions of dollars and thousands of hours of personnel time.

… the Pentagon described repetitive requests for information from about 50 congressional hearings, briefings and interviews…

On top of that, if Boehner’s House Select Committee goes ahead with their scheduled hearings in September, that will chalk up another $3 million or so.

issaIn 2010, after becoming Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa told Politico:

“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks.”

… he isn’t looking to catch witnesses off guard, saying that “oversight should be done with a balance for the American people and not as a gotcha.”

And we all know how long that bit of b.s. lasted. By the way, how does one establish how many hearings he wants before he knows how many things actually require a hearing?

Mr. Issa would have been better suited as a Nun in some parochial school where he could spend all day rapping children’s  knuckles with a ruler until they bled.

What Will They Do Now?

Once the crying’s over, what will Darrell Issa and his fellow pud pounders do with their time? Well, they just left for their 5 week summer vacation, so my guess would be – begging to keep their jobs. Feel free to send me any pictures of Darrell Issa groveling before his constituency; I’ll be glad to publish them. With proper credits of course.

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