The Republican Party’s Ordinary Kind of Dishonesty

Paul Waldman highlights what I think is a key idea with “Benghazi!”:

What matters isn’t whether something is “politicized,” what matters is the way it’s politicized. If Republicans send out fundraising emails saying, “Donate today so we can elect more Republicans and have our 51st futile vote to repeal Obamacare!”, there’s nothing wrong with that. If they say, “Donate today so we can stop Obamacare’s socialist death panels,” the problem isn’t that they’re politicizing an important issue, it’s that they’re lying about it.

By the same token, I don’t have any problem with the NRCC trying to use Benghazi to raise money. You might get a little squeamish over the fundamental con involved, which is that if you give them fifty bucks you’re really helping get to the bottom of this whole thing, but that’s a rather more ordinary kind of dishonesty. And if the rubes on their email list want to believe that as they fork over their cash, well, they have only themselves to blame.

The crazy making part of the whole Benghazi nonsense is the way in which the Republican base has accepted the idea that the lack of evidence of a cover-up has become proof of a cover-up. There have been – four? five? – investigations into what happened. They keep coming up with the same things. What happened was tragic, chaotic, the CIA had bad inforamtion, and the White House used that bad information. Every question Republicans claim they want answered has already been answered.

Benghazi! is all about Republican desire to impeach Barack Obama (which some Republicans were talking about before he was actually sworn into office). Republicans are hoping they can go digging and find something, anything, that they can use to start impeachment proceedings. They figure they got lucky with Monica Lewinsky maybe they’ll find something comparable about President Obama. To put it more accurately, it seems Republicans are convinced the Clinton impeachment was a winner they just mishandled it; they just need to fine tune their approach this time and it will be an even bigger winner.

We’ve entered into a period in which the danger to America’s republic is real and scary.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on May 12, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    I’m going to stick with my idea that impeachment is pretty much off the table forever. After all, Bush and Cheney both publicly confessed (boasted about) committing major federal crimes while in office. Neither of them was impeached.

    • #2 by Glenden Brown on May 12, 2014 - 3:54 pm

      Richard – you’ve forgotten the rule – IOKIYAR.

      Don’t kid yourself – the Republicans want to impeach Barack Obama and they’re going to do everything in their power to make it happen. The media will breathlessly follow the story and get it wrong from day one because, let’s be honest, most of them of are functional morons. It’s going to be a very long two years.

  2. #3 by Larry Bergan on May 12, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    This is by far the strongest comment I’ve seen on television about the newest GOP fake Benghazi “controversy”.

    You can’t say that Lawrence Wilkerson doesn’t show up with some real zingers from time to time.

    Gee, the video at the bottom of the article seems to have vanished. How can that be?

  3. #4 by cav on May 13, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Remember the summer of 2003 when they spent so much time on the fainting couch because someone at a rally held up a sign that Bush was like Hitler because we invaded a country on a flimsy pretext? Or the time someone on daily kos said Bush was a fascist because he tortured people and his administration behaved like war criminals? That was so cute. I mean double standards are a kind of standard, and twice as good, obviously.

    I guess that’s what we can expect from a a movement whose intellectual underpinnings put so much emphasis on vote suppression, billionaire boosting, and reflexive authoritarianism?

  4. #5 by Anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Quite a country we have, imagine those using dishonest means to combat dishonesty..if that is what we can call Obamas numerous lies, omissions, and distortions.

    By his own petard..fitting for scum from Chicago.

  5. #6 by Larry Bergan on May 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Funny, how we can never remember the names of people who risk their lives and families to get the truth out and yet we ALL know who Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Gordon Liddy, and all the other society destroying radio hosts are AFTER they fell into an abyss of lies, years before Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or the plethora of other whistle-blowers got exiled.

    Does anybody remember Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neil, who was a childhood friend of both Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and appointed by Bush Jr.

    These childhood bonds are not strong when the truth comes out. Guess you can’t trust every billionaire you know. At least there are a couple of good ones out there.

    Somebody at CBS is trying to keep the story on the internet, but you would think we wouldn’t have to see (’60 Minutes’) in the headline, which says the invasion of Iraq was planned 8 months before 911 in the O’Neil book; “The Price of Loyalty”.

    Call me crazy, but when The Secretary of the Treasury gets “disappeared” from the media and it doesn’t make the news…

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