Congressman Issa

Apparently, there’s a place in Libya called Benghazi. And apparently something terrible happened there. This much I know for sure. And coincidentally that also marks the limits of my actual concern on the matter. Of course if you ask Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, the story is a whole lot more complex and insidious. Apparently before, during and after the attack Barack Obama did, uh, something. Apparently Hillary Clinton said something to someone who then went and did… something else. Apparently ninjas were also involved. D.B. Cooper as well. And Bigfoot. He was there too.

Then again, even if I had the opportunity I probably wouldn’t ask Darrell Issa anything. I take it as a given in life that people like him have nothing to tell me that I don’t either A) already know or, B) already know is crazy. But, hey, the guy is a congressman. So he gets to go on TV and talk about whatever the fuck he wants.

“Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who co-led the independent inquiry into Benghazi, was incredulous on Monday at Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) suggestion that then-CIA director David Petraeus was likely just carrying the White House’s water in the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

“I think that’s all crazy,” said Pickering in an interview with The Huffington Post on Monday. “Have you ever talked to David Petraeus? He’s nobody’s slave. He’s a very independent guy.”

Issa, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday along with Pickering. The congressman continued to argue that the Obama administration altered its talking points and tried to cover up the fact that top officials knew a terrorist attack had occurred in the immediate aftermath.” – THE HUFFINGTON POST

Issa has been a frequent critic of President Obama for a while now. And it’s kind of sad to watch him cling to this Benghazi thing like he’s David and he’s convinced he finally found the rock he’s going to slay Goliath with. Even though it’s probably just going to make him the butt of every late night joke for years. For their own part, President Obama and Hillary Clinton have openly dismissed the whole Benghazi thing as bullshit. And you know what? Most people seem to agree with them.

“PPP’s newest national poll finds that Republicans aren’t getting much traction with their focus on Benghazi over the last week. Voters trust Hillary Clinton over Congressional Republicans on the issue of Benghazi by a 49/39 margin and Clinton’s +8 net favorability rating at 52/44 is identical to what it was on our last national poll in late March. Meanwhile Congressional Republicans remain very unpopular with a 36/57 favorability rating…

…One interesting thing about the voters who think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history is that 39% of them don’t actually know where it is. 10% think it’s in Egypt, 9% in Iran, 6% in Cuba, 5% in Syria, 4% in Iraq, and 1% each in North Korea and Liberia with 4% not willing to venture a guess.” – PUBLIC POLICY POLLING

Of course they don’t know where the fucking place is. Look at the caliber of person we’re talking about. These are people who listen to Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and take them seriously. These are people who listen to country music by choice. These are people who looked at Mitt Romney! and said “Well, at least he ain’t the black guy”. So it doesn’t really surprise me that they’re functionally illiterate and could be easily goaded into believing a fairy tale.

But, hey, I give that 4% who wouldn’t venture a guess a lot of credit. It takes courage to admit you’re stupid. Not as much courage as educating yourself or trying to see past your own hatred of a black President so you can have rational conversations with the rest of society. But, you know, baby steps.



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