Congress Ethics

Pelosi: The Select Benghazi Committee is Unethical

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Democratic leadership is finally saying what some of us, present company included, have been saying for nearly the last five years: this Republican witch hunt is unethical.

Pelosi said McCarthy’s comments show the panel is political, “unethical” and should be dismantled.

“It's just a stunning admission on the part of the Republican leader that the Benghazi Committee was created with a political purpose in mind. In fact, it's really an ethical question,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “It makes the whole operation practically an unethical operation.”

We all know the Select Bullshit Committee is a politically-motivated farce, but more specifically it's an unethical farce.

It's unethical to use taxpayer dollars to run a politically-motivated, partisan witch hunt out of the House of Representatives and you can be damn sure Republicans would say the same if Democrats were leading the charge. If we had a functioning Ethics Committee, the entire Republican leadership structure would be under investigation, but unfortunately Republicans also control that committee and they aren't about to investigate their own leadership.

The Bullshit Committee is just the latest unethical farce carried out by House Republicans whose unethical activities can be traced back to 2011 when former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa launched a series of investigations into everything from Solyndra to Sesame Street.

House Republicans have spent the last five years investigating one fake scandal after another and they have absolutely nothing to show for it. No smoking guns. No impeachments. The endless drip of conspiracy theories and innuendo has not delivered the White House to them.

I've been shouting it from the rooftop for years: Republicans have irreparably harmed the entire idea of congressional oversight. It won't be taken seriously again for a generation. It may be fair to say they've undermined the legitimacy of the Ethics Committee as well.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Republicans have irreparably harmed the entire idea of congressional oversight.

    And Democrats have let them.

    • Ceoltoir

      Perhaps if their own “supporters” didn’t spend all day, every day, bashing them things would be different.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “It makes the whole operation practically an unethical operation.”

    “Practically”???

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. This is what I hate about the Democrats. Even when they finally get around to pointing out an corruption, they have to pussy-foot around it.

    Grow a pair, Pelosi.

    • Karen Marie

      It is not as if they’re not going to dismiss her as rude and shrill regardless.

      • Christopher Foxx

        It is not as if they’re not going to dismiss her as rude and shrill regardless.

        Exactly. The whole “If we speak harshly about the Republicans they might get offended and not work with us.” crap is ridiculous. They’re going to be petulant children no matter what you do. So you might as well get the political gain that comes from publicly and forcefully calling them on their shit and stop worrying about hurting Republican’s feewings.

        God, Democrats are such self-harming wimps.

    • Ceoltoir

      Bashing your own side, seriously. YOU are what’s wrong with the Democratic Party.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Bashing your own side, seriously. YOU are what’s wrong with the Democratic Party.

        I just love the way Republicans* like you will ignore the reality right in front of your face so you can insist things are the way you want them to be in your fantasy world.

        * If, lacking any evidence for it at all and plenty for the contrary, you’re going to declare that I’m a Democrat (That would be the “insisting that your fantasy is reality” part.) then, given the inherent stupidity of your comment, I just declare you a Republican.

        • Ceoltoir

          I’m not going too say “but I’m a Democrat” but I am going to call you what you are, an asshole followed by a down vote. And yes, you are what’s wrong with the Democratic Party, a leftier-than-thou twit attacking from the left with right wing talking points and too stupid to realize it.

          • Christopher Foxx

            And yes, you are what’s wrong with the Democratic Party, a leftier-than-thou twit

            Actually I’m a fiscally semi-conservative, socially liberal moderate who believes in rational solutions and recognizes the reality that both parties have contributed to our problems.

            But don’t let reality get in the way of your toddler-like necessity declare something to be what it most definitely is not just so you can smugly satisfy yourself that your blinkered view of the world is real.

            Fact is, the Democrats have fucked up. They have failed again and again to call the Republicans on their shit. They have stood meekly by, refusing to support positions that were popular and right, and have let the Republicans damage the country essentially unopposed.

            When someone points out that reality it doesn’t mean they are “what’s wrong with the Democratic party” but on the contrary are (if they actually belonged to it which I don’t) the one thing right about it.

  • Victor the Crab

    And who’s more likely to get torched for the above comments? Kevin McCarthy for basically admitting that firing bullshit at Hillary Clinton was primarily to weaken her in the eyes of the voting public, or Nancy Pelosi for calling out McCarthy admission of the whole bullshit firing at Clinton as being unethical?

    Hint: it’ll be the female.

    • Kavonde

      It doesn’t take much imagination to see how Fox News will spin this around on their second favorite punching bag, Pelosi. Don’t rule out consequences for McCarthy, though; his accidental honesty could conceivably cost him Boehner’s seat.

    • Karen Marie

      But but but she is so impolite!

  • muselet

    Republicans have irreparably harmed the entire idea of congressional oversight. It won’t be taken seriously again for a generation. It may be fair to say they’ve undermined the legitimacy of the Ethics Committee as well.

    That may be the point. By undermining congressional oversight and the Ethics Committee, Rs can engage in questionable—or worse—behavior and not have to worry about any serious questions being asked. These are the folks who decided to torch every informal or traditional norm of behavior for members of Congress, after all; why not light the actual rules on fire, too? (This assumes the Rs aren’t uniformly cement-headed and know how to play the long game.)

    I hope I’m being obstructively cynical, but I fear I’m not.

    –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      Like when these libertarian assholes claim government doesn’t work, then run for office,get elected, then proceed to shit all over anything and everything to prove their point.