The Benghazi hearings appear to finally be over. After 4 years and millions of wasted dollars, the Benghazi committee, led by Trey Gowdy (R-SC), came up with nothing. It isn’t a huge secret that all of the scandal surrounding the Benghazi incident was overblown by the far right in hopes of damaging Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 elections.
After their embarrassments in 2008 and 2012, the GOP realized that their only chances of winning back the White House was to hope for a strong Republican candidate facing Hillary Clinton, who they hoped to smear with every possible scandal.
Benghazi was their golden ticket, or so the GOP thought. Despite the fact that numerous embassies and consulates had been attacked under previous administrations (which wasn’t their fault either), the Republican Party decided that devoting thousands of hours and millions of dollars into hearings would damage Hillary Clinton enough in the public eye – even if they didn’t find anything. It would certainly make her seem untrustworthy, and to their most conspiracy-minded voters, it would tie into that whole “Obama is a secret Muslim” shtick they’ve been buying since 2008.
What the GOP didn’t count on is the whole thing coming back to bite them in the ass. You see, rational conservatives would decide that there wasn’t anything to be found, and move on to the next subject. However, when you’re dealing with supporters who believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim who is coming to take their guns and brainwash kids into being gay through Common Core – the results of the Benghazi hearings aren’t acceptable.
Trey Gowdy and his fellow committee members had to know what they were getting into was a bad idea, but they did it anyhow for political theater. Because they didn’t find anything, the Republican fringe now believes the Benghazi committee and Trey Gowdy are part of the conspiracy. How is that for delicious irony?
Gowdy “notably refrained from assigning blame or demanding accountability,” Clare Lopez, of the Center for Security Policy and an adviser to the Ted Cruz presidential campaign, told the gathering. “He also did not draw a connection between the dots.”
“I think he had his reasons — political,” McInerney said. He speculated that congressional leadership had approved “black operations” to run weapons from Benghazi to Islamic State forces in Syria. “That’s the dirty little secret that nobody wants out,” he said.
Aha! So Gowdy himself is in on the Benghazi conspiracy. (Source)
I find Trey Gowdy’s predicament especially hilarious because he is a former federal prosecutor. When any prosecutor worth a damn decides to launch an investigation looking for an indictment, they review the evidence that they have before wasting time and resources if it is unlikely a crime was committed. Trey Gowdy had to have known there was nothing he could find that would hurt Hillary Clinton. Yet, he played his part in the political theater designed not to seek justice for those killed, but to smear Hillary.
The whole thing couldn’t have blown up more spectacularly than it did. The hearings didn’t hurt Hillary Clinton and she made them look dumb when she was called to testify. On top of it, she is facing off with the most unpopular candidate that the GOP has ever run for president, who will hurt them all the way down the ballot. The fact that the conspiracy fanatics are now turning on Trey Gowdy for not delivering what the conservative media had promised is just icing on the cake.