The Secret Fear of Benghazi!

Maybe my epiphany earlier today about Benghazi! (My God! They really are going for impeachment, aren’t they?) is wrong. Or maybe I’m wrong that going there would be as large–or perhaps in the long run, a lot larger, since, after all, Bill Clinton admitted wrongdoing in the Lewinsky affair–an electoral mistake as it was for Republicans in 1998. Or maybe at least some of the Hounds of Benghazi! really don’t care about the politics, and really do think what they claim as justice for the families of the four people killed on September 11, 2012, should blot out the sky and obliterate even their own political messages about Obamacare and “big government” and so on and so forth.

But there’s one aspect of the Benghazi! campaign that I know for a fact reflects derangement, and it’s expressed in the headline and subheadline of a Daily Beast column today by Ron Christie: “Why Democrats Are So Scared of Benghazi: They insist we don’t need another committee to investigate the attack—but they’re really afraid of the incompetence the truth will reveal.”

When people in politics say stuff like this–my opponents are making light of this issue because it secretly terrifies them—I figure some serious self-deception is at hand. And that could be the case here. If Democrats are huddled quietly in the bars and opium dens where they conspire against America, confiding their fear of Benghazi! as the Rosetta Stone to all their nefarious schemes, I sure haven’t heard about it. Sometimes when people laugh at you it’s because they think you’re being funny.

So my dear conservative friends: do what you feel you must on Benghazi!, but please stop writing this crap about Democrats or liberals “fearing” that you will go further down this particular rabbit hole.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.