The Benghazi Show: Welcome To The Right’s Latest Fake Scandal
Previously, on Benghazi!
Hillary Clinton, in her last appearance before Congressional committees as Secretary of State, was supposed to collapse at the feet of her GOP inquisitors, helpless before them as they posed for the cameras and delivered Fox-generated storylines. In reality, Clinton’s testimony resembled Neo from the Matrix, batting away nonsense and helping to remind the world why she has a historical legacy of her own apart from her husband.
Now with the latest dog and pony show, we will be treated to more GOP harrumphing and more Fox News alerts that will largely be about old, well-worn nonsense that the conservative media will treat as bombshells but turn out to be nothingburgers.
Pardon my grizzled cynicism, but I have seen this storyline before, with Clinton and Whitewater and breathless mumbles of scandal from the mainstream press that turned out to be nothing.
Today’s belt-tightened press corps is comprised of many easy-led by the nose veterans along with young pups who could barely vote in the 2008 election, let alone have any context for the Republican scandal machine of the late 1990s.
The same people who clutched their pearls at the idea of a bipartisan investigation of 9/11 would now like us to believe that the sanctity of the republic is at stake because of multiple versions of talking points. They have more anger towards those who edited a document than the attackers who took the lives of our diplomats.
It’s all as fake as the claim that a tiny Arkansas land deal was an abuse of power. I’ve seen this show before, it sucks and it’s a perversion of our government. In other words, standard issue conservative politics.