At the Plum Line this morning, Paul Waldman discusses the damage Kevin McCarthy’s admissions of political motivation have done to the credibility, such as it is, of the Benghazi! committee. Not only have Democrats (including Hillary Clinton) taken the offensive on these “investigations;” even the New York Times, normally an avid consumer of anti-HRC “dirt,” is showing signs of blowing the whistle on the whole phony exercise.

No news outlet in America has been more fervent in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton than the New York Times, but take a look at this article on their front page today, about how the select committee has all but abandoned Benghazi to focus almost entirely on trying to find something damaging on Hillary Clinton.

This change of perspective could have a more pervasive effect, I think, than the debunking of Benghazi! conspiracy theories: it could create a backlash to the deliberate stimulation of the email “scandal” by the same committee fronting for the same GOP. The dominoes that Republicans expected to fall from multiple negative “stories” about HRC could wind up falling in the opposite direction.

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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.