Benghazi Stupid Party

The Benghazi Committee Faces Criticism From Conservatives

Remember the Benghazi Committee?

The Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account has faced plenty of criticism from Democrats, but the committee now has a conservative opponent.

Larry Klayman's Judicial Watch, the conservative group that has filed numerous lawsuits for access to Clinton-related documents, is now blasting the Select Benghazi Committee for its incompetence.

Tom Fitton, the group’s president, said the panel is conducting its business mostly in secret, causing it to miss opportunities to hold former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration accountable for mistakes in their Libya policy. [...]

“They have this almost petty approach to transparency that is at odds with the public interest,” Fitton said of the committee in an interview. “It’s not supposed to be a grand-jury style investigation that the public can’t be privy to. There’s got to be at least some public forum for gathering testimony and evidence and that hasn’t happened here to any significant degree … Many folks who have been watching it are just aghast at the approach the committee has taken toward educating the public about what it is doing.”

Fitton is both right and wrong.

He's right that the committee has conducted most of its business in secret, but he's wrong for thinking conducting it publicly would expose new information.

There's no there, there. The idea that shocking information has been hidden by the committee is a misnomer. The committee has no new information. We already know what happened in Benghazi and we've known for years.

The committee was never going to find anything or lead to a perp walk for anyone. The committee was created to keep the story in the headlines through the presidential election cycle, but wouldn't you know Republicans are so incompetent they can hardly even manage to do that. "Benghazi," as it were, is now a running joke and a meme.

If Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton is angry because the committee has failed in its mission to keep the story relevant, I suppose he is correct, but he appears to believe actual evidence of -- something -- has been kept from the public.

  • Draxiar

    “The Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account”

    It’s been both sad and interesting to see this name grow over the years.

  • muselet

    Despite his not-entirely-convincing nod to the public interest, Tom Fitton is bleating that he’s going to have to wait until the Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account releases its final report to get his grubby hands on all that precious, precious oppo on Hillary Clinton.

    My heart bleeds.

    –alopecia

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Victor makes a good point, in that sometimes I wonder just exactly who is really running that committee. There are just too many on the far-left who seem way too happy that it exists. And part of me seriously resents that. I always thought we were supposed to be on basically the same side!

  • Victor the Crab

    As long as it makes Hillary Clinton look bad in the eyes of the voters this November, then the Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account has done its duty. It’s certainly helped convince the nihilistic Berniebums that Clinton is up to no good and shouldn’t deserve to be president.

    • gescove

      Exactly. The vague “I just don’t trust her” reason one hears for opposing Hillary Clinton is proof that 30 years of right wing screeching has had its desired impact. Opposition research and negative advertising paid for by tax dollars for decades.

    • cleos_mom

      That turned me off to Sanders’ campaign from jump street. If there’s anything that will get me to rethink my support of Clinton, it’s sure as sheiss not null-nodes on the alleged left spouting Republican bromides.

    • Jesus Zamora

      The problem is that the Bernie Bros and the Far-Right Frankenstein are the ONLY people who don’t trust Hillary. She’s going to run wild all over Trump and/or Cruz this November, and there’s nothing the ideological extremes can do to stop her.

      • Victor the Crab

        I wouldn’t doubt you on that. The thing to keep in mind though is that anything can happen between now and November 8. The country could get hit with an ISIS driven terrorist attack that could be on par with 9/11, and/or the economy could crater like it did in 2008. For which the voters might decide to turn things over to the Republicans, which means a Trump or Cruz in the White House and both the House and Senate under GOP control. No one on the left needs to take things for granted.

        • Jesus Zamora

          True, but that’s hardly going to be something the far left or the far right can directly influence. It would also take some serious luck for the Republicans, as 9/11 and 2008 was the direct result of GWB’s failures, and the Obama Administration has proven a far better steward of the country.

          I think even the Republicans know it. Their shift to Cruz as the “anti-Trump hope” shows that they’ve pivoted toward saving their Senate majority. I think they all know that a miracle would be needed for them to win this time. Of course, “miracles” can happen, but unless they want to finance some terror themselves, I don’t see any way out of this.