Mark My Words: The Republican-led Benghazi Hearings Will be a Circus and Democrats Should Boycott

benghazi-benghazi-benghaziBenghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi – that’s pretty much all Republicans want to talk about.  But why wouldn’t they?  With the most recent jobs report being strong, unemployment falling to 6.3% and “Obamacare” enrollment surpassing 8 million sign ups, they need something to distract from all the positive news.  Well that, and they have a desperate need to continue to keep Benghazi in the headlines because they’re terrified of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

So yes, get ready to hear about Benghazi for the next 2+ years.  That much I can promise you.  And these current hearings will be nothing more than a right-wing circus.

Sure, they’re allowing 5 democrats to be on the committee, but that’s just so that they can say the hearing was bi-partisan and impartial.  After all, how would the hearing look if Republicans excluded Democrats altogether?  Let’s be honest, that’s what they would really like to do.

But as tempting as it is for Democrats to be a part of this committee, they shouldn’t have to do it.  By participating, all they’re doing is adding legitimacy to this Republican sideshow.

Granted, if they boycott it Republicans will say that they offered Democrats a chance to be involved and they chose to “hide from the truth” and play partisan politics to avoid “getting to what really happened.”

Who cares what Republicans say?  We’ve had thousands of pages of reports from actual intelligence committees that have told us what happened that night.  There’s no “mystery.”  And this new committee isn’t about finding out what happened, because we already know!  

It’s absolutely ridiculous.

Democrats should take no part in this circus that will do nothing more than feed Fox News with a few headlines to ramble on about in the coming weeks.  That and waste taxpayer money on something we’ve already spent millions of dollars investigating.

If I controlled the Democratic party I’d make 5 copies of every single page of every single report that’s already explained what happened that tragic night in Benghazi.  Then I’d place them in the seats where every Democrat was supposed to be sitting on that committee.

Then whenever a Republican might want a response from a Democrat as to what might have happened that night, they can just simply refer to the thousands of pages from the reports that have answered those questions numerous times since 2012.

But the last thing I would do if I were congressional Democrats is add legitimacy to this committee that’s nothing more than a platform for Republicans to create headlines for the conservative media, try to slander Hillary Clinton and raise money for their campaigns.

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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