Some of you might be thinking: I’m sure that there’s not much to all the conservative fuss about Benghazi, but I’m open to the possibility of some Obama Administration malfeasance…I wish there was some way for me to catch up on what Benghazi is really supposed to be about without having to dive into the crazy.

Well, if that’s you, then there’s a Politico article now just for you. It’s from yesterday afternoon, and titled “Huckabee: Benghazi will drive Obama from office.”

It seems that, the Huck says, “as the information and facts begin to come out, it will become so obvious that there was a concerted and very, very deliberate attempt to mislead this country.” Also? “[W]hen the facts come out, they will not be able to stand.” Indeed, “this goes all the way to the heart of the integrity of the United States government.” You think that’s scary? Well, “as the facts come out, I think we’re going to see something startling.” After all, “When a president lies to the American people and is part of a cover-up, he cannot continue to govern.” Don’t forget, “as bad as Watergate was, because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die.”

I’m really not leaving anything out; that’s what the Huck has to say, or at least that’s what’s reported in this Politico piece. There’s a cover-up, and the facts will come out, and there you go. What’s being covered up? Not even a hint. What facts will emerge? No suggestions at all. Apparently it’s from his radio show on Monday…maybe he went into extensive detail that Politico didn’t think was relevant to the case for why Barack Obama would be driven from office. Maybe he didn’t. My sense? It doesn’t matter! 

You know, there’s some historical precedent for all of this. Tip O’Neill, soon after becoming House Majority Leader, started getting the House ready for impeachment proceedings, well before the avalanche of revelations on Watergate began. Not because he knew or even suspected exactly what would show up when investigations continued, but because he believed that Richard Nixon’s White House was up to so many things that if it unraveled impeachment would be the solution. I think that’s basically what’s happening here, and presumably what happened with Bill Clinton, too: Republicans are just certain that there’s a ton of illegal, unethical, and politically toxic material that would be unearthed if only they could put a special prosecutor on the job. 

Now, O’Neill thought that because he listened carefully to what people were talking about. My guess is that Huckabee et al. are listening carefully…to each other, and working themselves over nothing. Or maybe the Huck doesn’t believe any of it, but just cares about the ratings for his radio show. At any rate, and pending something new, this Politico piece really is everything you need to know about Benghazi.

[Cross-posted at A plain blog about politics]

Jonathan Bernstein

Jonathan Bernstein is a political scientist who writes about American politics, especially the presidency, Congress, parties, and elections.