The fact that Kevin McCarthy’s “gaffe” about the political motivations of the House Benghazi! committee stated something absolutely everybody already knew is no reason to brush it off. Nor is the remark’s utter predictability as an assurance to the conservative base which ran off John Boehner that House Republicans are capable of being viciously, obnoxiously partisan, much of an excuse, either, to those of us who are not part of The Holy Cause of getting the Muslim-loving baby-killing liberals out of office by any means necessary.

In that connection, where are the editorial boards of the Newspapers of Record, the New York Times and the Washington Post? You’ve got the (probable) incoming Speaker of the House openly boasting that an insanely long-running “investigation” of whatever Republicans could dredge up from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State was designed to and in fact accomplished a “hit” on her “numbers.” Where are the calls for shutting this whole thing down?

Well, don’t hold your breath. Animus towards HRC notwithstanding, the anticipation of the buzz surrounding Clinton’s scheduled October 22 appearance before the Benghazi!committee is probable just too intense to risk spoiling the show by an expression of definitive contempt for the proceedings. I guess it’s up to Clinton herself to treat these birds to the proper expressions of anger and disgust, but then she’d get slammed for being some sort of shrill harpy with secrecy issues if she did, wouldn’t she?

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.