(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)
May 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Who could’ve predicted that when the GOP establishment handed Nixon the pearl handled revolver in the parlor, we would have to impeach every Democratic President for the next forty years to balance things out?
I still think the biggest roadblock to the Repubs’ frantic search for a BenghazAIEEEE! blowback against President Obama / Hillary Clinton / Susan Rice / all the Democrats is that they’ve spent so many years mainlining xenophobia to their target Fox News audience. Going back to the Reagan administration, and especially since 9/11, the low-info voter has been continually reminded that the world beyond our borders is a scary and terrible wilderness. Nothing but terrorists and Muslims and Communists and Communist Muslim terrorists, every one intent upon murdering innocent Americans in the name of their godless booga-booga “ideology”, which you know has to be a nasty word because ideas are for snobs. All those foreign hellholes like Libya and Kenya and Hawaii — you risk going out there, instead of staying safe at Disney World or one of the major heavily-advertised-on-tv cruise lines, you’ve gotta expect the occasional murdering rampage, like in Black Hawk Down or Zero Dark Thirty. It’s very sad that four Americans died, but after all, those four volunteered to venture into places where anybody who’d watched the news knew were murderously chaotic, and it’s not as though any politicians were convening special investigations into why four thousand Americans died in Iraq or Afghanistan, are they?
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 1, 2014
Although, if you actually need a reason for Boehner’s new clown parade (beyond getting all the clowns in the same car), Mr. Pierce probably has the truth of it:
… The political bad faith on this — Hillary In ’16! — should be so obvious as to not require any explanation. But this is what’s coming. This committee will leak like a sieve. It will leak truncated testimony and barbered evidence. Most of these leaks will go to select members of the conservative media, particularly at a certain vulpine-named news network, but some folks among the Bigfeet will play Chris Vlasto, Lisa Myers, et. al. (My winter book favorite is Jonathan Karl.) These very selective revelations will dominate the political discussion and when, ultimately, they come to nothing, nobody will notice because everyone will be out there chasing the next handout. And, of course, everyone will discuss the “political implications” because “perception is reality” and, anyway, all this stuff is Out There.
And it’s still all about what got said on television programs that nobody watches any more. The “American people,” my ass. This scandal exists because the Village demands it, and because too many news directors are afraid of being yelled at on the radio. The rest of us have to live through it.
I’m just not convinced even the hardcore Twenty-Seven-Percenters, excepting those getting paid for their efforts, can be goaded into chasing this corpse-candle any further down the lych way…
— billmon (@billmon1) May 2, 2014