I guess the aforementioned threats from leading conservative gabbers to blow up the GOP if Obama wins on November 6 could escalate now that it’s plain the party is not exactly rushing to echo Mitt Romney’s attacks on the president in connection to the assassinations in Benghazi. I mean, listen to these RINO wimps, as quoted by WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe:

[N]o Republican leader criticized President Obama on Wednesday morning, and called instead for stronger security at U.S. diplomatic facilities, the swift capture and punishment of the perpetrators and a renewed commitment to pro-democracy efforts in the Arab world.

“We mourn for the families of our countrymen in Benghazi, and condemn this horrific attack,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement….

In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) usually reserves his morning Senate floor remarks to sharply criticize Obama administration policy. But Wednesday he struck a more somber tone and expressed support for “employing every available tool at our disposal to ensure the safety of Americans overseas and to hunt down those responsible for these attacks….

Even Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — a troika that regularly critiques the Obama administration’s foreign policy — urged Obama to continue supporting democracy efforts in Libya and Egypt.

Doubt that will go over well with Sarah Palin and others who have long viewed the “Arab Spring” as an Islamist hoax.

RNC chairman Reince Preibus, however, seems to understand who butters his bread, providing this tweet last night:

Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.

The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, who is hardly a lefty, offered this tart response to Preibus:

Really? The president who is waging war against Islamist extremists in six or seven countries “sympathizes” with their fellow travelers in Egypt? Please provide proof, Mr. Priebus. Otherwise this is slander. And also, a question: Will Reince Priebus say anything in order to gain a moment’s political advantage?

Good question, but Preibus is just following his party’s nominee and the strongest desires of his party’s activist “base.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.