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Sat Oct 24, 2015, 11:37 AM

The Day the GOP Turned the Benghazi Tragedy Into a Farce

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Source: The Nation, By Joan Walsh

Three hours into the Select Committee on Benghazi hearing Thursday, Chairman Trey Gowdy, rocking a subdued fauxhawk, grew red with anger and slick with sweat. His GOP colleague Representative Susan Brooks, who’d printed out hundreds of pages of Clinton’s e-mail, and kept the stacks handy, stroking them occasionally, really should have offered some of that paper to Gowdy, so he could wipe himself down. The sports fan in me recognized the need for a time-out, and maybe some Gatorade, but no one else did.

The temperature rose as ranking committee Democrat Elijah Cummings objected to Gowdy’s trolling about the non-issue of Clinton-friend Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail. Before the lunch break, Cummings and other Democrats moved to make Blumenthal’s committee testimony public, to show just how far afield of its charge to investigate the causes of the Benghazi compound attack Gowdy’s work had strayed.

But Gowdy objected, strenuously, and a little ominously. With a Draco Malfoy flourish, he closed the first half of the hearing: “I’ll tell you what, if you think you’ve heard about Sidney Blumenthal so far, wait until the next round!”

And with that, Gowdy’s credibility, if any still existed, was gone for good. It was Gowdy Doody time, and it stunk...

Continues wickedly at: http://www.thenation.com/article/the-day-the-gop-turned-the-benghazi-tragedy-into-a-farce/

Full of gems like:

"Enduring an 11-hour festival of mansplaining, with a sexist assist from GOP women, Hillary Clinton looked calm and presidential."

"It sounded like Clinton was supposed to be the mom-in-chief, not the Secretary of State."

"In Hillaryland as depicted by Gowdyworld, the only work that mattered was that done by email."

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 11:45 AM

1. "Chairman Trey Gowdy, rocking a subdued fauxhawk, grew red with anger and slick with sweat.."

Hillary did that!

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 11:51 AM

2. I really enjoyed ...

when they told her they only had 10 minutes to pontificate and they just wanted her response to be "Yes" or "No."

Her response was priceless (and of course not "Yes" or "No"!):



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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 11:51 AM

3. In honor of the four deceased in Benghazi it would do well for the Republican members of the

Benghazi investigation committee to say they are sorry for extra stress they may have caused the family and friends and have not discovered any reasonable action which could have prevented the deaths. They should also apologize to Secretary Clinton and dissolve the committee, are they going to be this smart, don't know.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 11:52 AM

4. Yep!

 

Benghazi was a bad deal all around. But the event was really a gold mine for our elected officials to actually work together to fix an issue and save lives in the future. Instead we get this soup sandwich investigation, which prefers to point fingers, rather than find solutions.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 05:26 PM

5. Especially the last point

 In Hillaryland as depicted by Gowdyworld, the only work that mattered was that done by e-mail. People don’t meet, talk by phone, exchange classified cables, get briefed by aides, have conference calls or in-person meetings, or lunch or breakfast or dinner together. Their e-mail accounts, we’re supposed to believe, are their most tangible and important work product. So early on, Representative Susan Brooks, a former US attorney who knows better, produced a big pile of Clinton e-mail print-outs, alongside a little pile. The big one represented Clinton’s 2011 e-mail on Libya; the smaller pile her 2012 Libya oeuvre.


I was struck by the extreme focus on emails as I was watching that farce. I have worked in a few places, but in exactly none of my jobs was email the primary mode of communication. I know that it's important and very convenient, but in no way is it the only possible way of communication with colleagues.

As for their weird preoccupation with Blumenthal, what is so unusual about emails between friends, even ones offering advice?

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