Latest Benghazi Hearing Proves To Be a Disaster for Republicans

hillary-benghaziWhile I’m sure practically every Republican in the country would disagree, today’s Benghazi hearing and the questioning of Hillary Clinton was an absolute disaster for the GOP. This wasn’t a hearing about Benghazi, this was nothing but a multimillion dollar attempted takedown of Hillary Clinton.

First, I would like to point out that almost everything asked and said during today’s proceedings has been said and asked numerous times before. While many Americans (especially conservatives) might not be aware, this is not the first investigation into Benghazi – it’s the eighth. Most of which have been led by Republicans. In fact, this time last year, many of the same people who are on this current committee were members of another Republican-led House investigation that debunked all the nonsense that’s been pushed by the right since 2012. That’s why they released the findings of that investigation just before Thanksgiving, when most of the country was obviously preoccupied with the holiday.

I watched as much of this circus as I could and I was appalled at the disrespect many Republican members of the committee showed toward Clinton. These weren’t people looking for the truth, they were out there looking for a “gotcha” moment from the former Secretary of State.

In my opinion, the best headline summary of what today was about came from The Onion of all places: 

Benghazi Committee Instructs Hillary Clinton To Limit Answers To ‘I Failed The American People’

Throughout the day, anytime Clinton would go into great detail on specifics that clearly debunked the lies Republicans have been desperately trying to convince the American people are real – she was routinely cut off before she could complete her statement. Whenever she answered questions based on the facts – many of the same facts from the previous seven investigations – Republicans clearly appeared annoyed that what she was saying wasn’t confirming the lies that they’ve been pushing for years.

In fact, one of the moments of the day came when Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to accuse Clinton of lying about the YouTube video immediately following the attack.

“Why didn’t you just speak plain to the American people?” Jordan asked.

“I did,” Clinton responded. “If you look at my statement as opposed to what I was saying to the Egyptian prime minister, I did state clearly and I said it again and in more detail the next morning. As did the president. I’m sorry that it doesn’t fit your narrative, congressman. I can only tell you what the facts were.”

It’s still baffling how much of this “investigation” centers around talking points. Republicans literally obsessing over what the Obama administration and Clinton said within the first 24-48 hours following the attack. Even though the president used the word “terror” to describe the attack the next day. Not only that, but Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a suspect behind the attack, admitted that the video was used as a tool to motivate people prior to the attack.

Then there was Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) who also showed a complete lack of respect toward Clinton. He actually went as far as to accuse her of not sending more security to Benghazi because she was trying to bask in the glow of the “success in Libya” in some sort of attempt to cover-up the unrest that was still going on there. Throughout her testimony as she tried to counter his pre-rehearsed rhetoric, he continually cut her off, often shouting over her as she tried to speak. It was clear from the start that he had an agenda to go after Clinton and that’s exactly what he tried to do.

If someone is interested in the truth, common sense dictates that they would actually care about the answer to the question they were asking. But that’s not what Republicans did. It was blatantly obvious they couldn’t care less about what Clinton actually had to say, they were simply there to grandstand.

I lost count how many times Clinton tried to answer a question only to be cutoff by the Republican who asked the question. This wasn’t about finding out facts, this was about Republicans putting together political theater. Not only were they hoping to get soundbites to use against Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president, but the GOP presidential candidates are raising money from Clinton’s testimony today.

The sheer length of this entire spectacle should be mocked as well. Questioning that began in the morning and carried on well into the evening is completely ridiculous. And as the day went on, each question became more pointless, petty, and essentially devolved into the outright badgering of Clinton.

I believe that was part of their strategy. Clearly someone who’s fatigued is much more likely to provide a “gotcha line.” Again, that’s really what this entire show was all about – getting soundbites to use against Clinton.

Today’s proceedings proved what an absolute sham this whole process has been. It’s been obvious almost since the start that this whole sideshow is nothing but a partisan political attack meant to try to hurt Clinton’s chances at becoming president. It’s laughable anyone would try to argue otherwise. Hell, and if you don’t believe me, just ask Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The bottom line is, every American should be ashamed that the deaths of four Americans have been continually exploited by the Republican party all for the sake of petty partisan politics aimed at trying to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances next November.

I’m ashamed that this country has allowed this sideshow to go on as long as it has. I really think it’s time the question is asked: When do we investigate Republicans for wasting millions of the taxpayers dollars on what’s clearly nothing more than a partisan political witch hunt?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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