Another decade – another Clinton scandal – Benghazi.
How did Bill Clinton survive impeachment? Pretty simple really. With the deft aid of partisan allies in Congress and a willing press, he managed to turn what was a perjury trial into a referendum on the “right” of a guy to mess up in his marriage from time-to-time. I find it fascinating the Monica Lewinsky pops up her head when Hillary Clinton – and the president – find themselves in a bind worthy of Congressional investigation. Sometimes I wonder if it is not a signal to run the same play?
Boehner has named the Republican side of the special investigative committee and Pelosi has balked. Why has Ms. Pelosi balked?
In a letter sent Friday afternoon to Boehner, Pelosi rejected committee rules proposed by Republicans, citing concerns that Democrats would be treated no better than on the contentious House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Democrats and Republicans on that committee, under Chairman Darrell Issa, D-Calif., clashed repeatedly over the handling of its Benghazi inquiries.
“Regrettably, the proposal does not prevent the unacceptable and repeated abuses by committed by Chairman Issa in any meaningful way, and we find it ultimately unfair,” Pelosi wrote, adding that she hoped a one-on-one meeting with Boehner may produce a way forward. “I am still hopeful we can reach an agreement,” she said. [emphasis added]
Let’s see, “unfair” – I think that is ringing some bells here. Let’s face it Affirmative Action was all about righting the ‘unfairness” in hiring practices based on race, gender etc. So, we have an African-American president and a female Secretary of State under (deserved) fire from a Republican controlled House and we cry “unfair.” Is it possible that they are trying to turn a straightforward investigation into the politicization of the murder of American diplomats and the potential dereliction of duty by the Commander-in-Chief into a referendum on race and gender? Could Ms. Pelosi be sending a signal to the press minions on how to spin the thing?
It’s the play book the Clinton’s have used before. Worked then, and if anything the press is even more in the bag now than it was twenty or so years ago.
I was stunned when Clinton did it and I am more stunned now. The lack of honor is extraordinary. Nixon had the decency and honor for the office to resign rather than taint it in this fashion. This bunch clearly does not – shame on them and shame on us for putting up with it.