The fallout over the disastrous Benghazi hearing that was conducted last Thursday continues. After a few of the yahoos on Trey Gowdy’s committee engaged in such shameless, self-centered grandstanding that they managed to actually turn Queen Hillary into a sympathetic figure, it may be time to call in the dogs and piss on the fire regarding further investigations of Obama regime apparatchik. The Democrats and the liberal media had a field day after the botched Clinton inquisition and one would think that the GOP would carefully consider whether they are setting themselves up for failure going forward.
But now, with the House of Representatives gearing up to try to impeach rotten IRS Commissioner John Koskinen some are cautioning against overreach. With newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan just settling in as the wielder of the mighty gavel and given an unspoken mandate from the establishment to crush the rabble, such an effort may be a bit more than the leadership and the media opinion drivers can stomach. One of the more prominent voices crying out in warning over going a bridge too far belongs to the venerable conservative intellectual Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post.
Krauthammer blasts the botched Benghazi hearings, the Planned Parenthood tribunals and efforts to go after IRS lackey Lois Lerner and calls for Republicans to keep their eye on the ball – winning the election next year. In his latest column entitled “Skip the Investigations, Win the Election” Sir Charles warns the House renegades to watch their step:
At a certain point, you have to realize you can’t hit a fastball. House Republicans don’t quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings. They keep losing — and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
I’m sympathetic to the GOP motive, given how the Obama IRS has consistently obstructed and misled Congress in the tax-exemption scandal. But impeachment is no ordinary move. No agency chief or Cabinet officer has been impeached since 1876. And even proponents admit that there is no chance of Koskinen being removed from office because the Senate will never convict.
I’m all for demonstrating malfeasance. But the GOP House has given a five-year display of its inability to successfully demonstrate anything. From Benghazi all the way back to Operation Fast and Furious, its hearings’ impact on public perception has been either zero or negative.
..as a PR disaster for the GOP, nothing compares to Benghazi, in which the select committee, armed with truly damning evidence against Hillary Clinton, handed her instead a major victory.
Scattered amid those 11 hours of hearings (which in and of themselves lent Clinton an air of heroism and victimhood) was a powerful indictment of the administration for what happened both before the Benghazi attack (600 requests for more protection, all denied) and after, namely, the concocted fable of a demonstration-gone-bad caused by an offensive video.
Yet the outcome of the hearing is the current conventional wisdom that the committee presented nothing new and never laid a glove on her.
Krauthammer’s litany of grievances culminates in what seems like a damned good piece of advice “Win the presidency. Appoint honest new IRS leadership. And get your own Justice Department to do a real investigation”. The golden rule in politics is to never give your enemy the knife that they will use to cut your own throat with and yet after the Benghazi shit soufflé that was put into the oven by the abject moron Kevin McCarthy and frosted by a few of the dipshits on Gowdy’s committee that is exactly what they have done.
While many conservatives won’t agree with Krauthammer’s assessment and advice the one thing that the Democrats and their pocket media – think CNBC – would like more than anything would be another high profile investigation that they can spin as a witch hunt to a gullible public. The queen in waiting is already popping up some popcorn and enjoying the jolly good show of the war on Trump and the endless back-stabbing and jockeying for position in the presidential race – a race that is rapidly turning into a circular firing squad – a crusade to impeach Koskinen would really make her panties moist. While loads of fiery demagoguery and tilting at windmills may be really good for winning reelection for some members of Congress, it is not a winning strategy nationally – especially against the Clinton machine.