Filegate. Travelgate. Whitewater. Birtherism. Solyndra. Fast and Furious. Notice a pattern?

When there is a Democratic President, Republicans are quick are quick to make wild accusations of wrongdoing that turn out to be a huge nothingburger. (Oh yes, they did impeach a President for having sex with an intern. Saving the Republic, that.).

Now we are hearing about Benghazi. There might be things to be investigated there, but it is painfully obvious that Republicans have no interest in actually finding them out about it. If they did, then they would attempt to actually investigate. Instead, we have hissy fit threats of filibusters from has-beens like John McCain and pompous lectures from never-weres like Lindsey Graham. By the way, you know during the seven times that embassies and consulates were hit during the Bush Administration? Still waiting for outraged threats from McCain and Graham. You know that small event that occurred on September 11, 2001? If Democrats had responded with half the vitriol of Republicans after Benghazi, Fox News would have accused them of treason.

It’s been obvious for a while that the essential Republican ideology, at least after plutocracy, has been to put party over country. After January 1st, when the Republicans don’t budge on raising taxes on the $370,000+ a year crowd, Obama might try to remind the American people of this.

Instead of shutting down Organizing For America, the President needs to make it a permanent feature of the political landscape, holding as many rallies as he can in as many states as he can.

And if the Villagers start reaching for their scented handkerchiefs over the President not being “presidential,” all he needs to do is respond that he will spend more time in Washington once the GOP grows up.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles.