Want to know why the new conservative inflammation over Benghazi! will never go away, at least until November of 2016? Consider the 2016 trial heat numbers in a new Quinnipiac poll of Florida:

Clinton tops several possible Republican candidates in Florida:

49 – 41 percent over Bush; 52 – 40 percent over Rubio; 55 – 37 percent over Paul; 52 – 34 percent over Christie; 56 – 36 percent over Ryan; 57 – 31 percent over Cruz;
53 – 35 percent over Huckabee.

Recall that Florida is one of the redder of purple states, and that two of the candidates Clinton would currently trounce are universally known Florida politicians.

Of all the “Obama scandals,” Benghazi! is the only one in which Hillary Clinton can conceivably be implicated or even mentioned. No wonder that more than nineteen months after the events of September 11, 2012, Republicans are still pouring over emails and trying to make this the Mother of All Scandals. Hell, they may yet try to make this an impeachable offense, so seductive is the idea of nullifying the 2012 elections while tilting the board for 2016 as well, striking at the “The One” even as they pull a few points off the approval ratings for the past and future Red Queen they’ve been hating for so many years. So tedius as it may seem, “smoking guns” or not, the only thing that could possibly make Benghazi! go away before November 8, 2016, would be a declaration of non-candidacy by Hillary Clinton. Our little elephant friends just won’t be able to help themselves, bless their hearts.

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.