Isn’t it nice to know that our Republican representatives are spending their time and our taxpayer money on another Hillary Clinton investigation, even though House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has just publicly admitted it’s a waste of both?
In case you missed it, the Benghazi/Clinton email Republicans have decided not to let a little thing like FBI Director James Comey’s opinion that "no charges are appropriate in this case" from opening up yet another investigation, this time into whether or not Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about the use of her private email server.
On The O’Reilly Factor tonight, Chaffetz and host Bill O’Reilly puzzled over why Comey hasn’t already investigated Clinton for that infraction. But now, the “Never Let Benghazi Die" (but thousands of Americans in an Iraq war under false pretenses is no biggie) crew has requested the Justice Department look into perjury charges against Clinton.
Clearly, O’Reilly thought that a fool’s errand.
O'REILLY: But here’s the game. She’s gonna say, and he’s gonna back her up, I know it. She’s gonna say, “I didn’t know at the time that I was misleading. This is the information that I thought was true at the time." And he even hinted that, Comey. He’s not going to come down with any – he’s not.
In my opinion, he’s probably gonna, you know, talk to you guys a little bit but it’s gonna be, “She didn’t know at the time when she was misleading that she was misleading.”
And Chaffetz openly acknowledged O'Reilly was right.
O’REILLY: You know what I’m saying to you is true.
CHAFFETZ: I know.
O’REILLY: It’s not going to come back your way, it’s not.
CHAFFETZ: I can’t argue with, Bill, no.
This is what passes for public service to a top Republican.
Watch it below, from the July 11 The O'Reilly Factor.
No — but, with Obama, it was more about de-legitimizing than removal: the wingers figured they couldn’t get him out of office neither via impeachment nor election, so, as long as he was in, they’d take any opportunity to claim he wasn’t the REAL (i.e., white) POTUS.
Hence Turtle Man McConnell’s announced intention to make Obama “a one-term-president”, and Sean Hannity’s at one point every other weekly desire to see President Obama impeached for, among other things, the use of Air Force One, making recess appointments, signing legislation into law, and offering someone a WH job.
“But with the Clintons, there is a special kind of hatred. As if the Clintons somehow betrayed the republicans.”
Well, in one respect, they did — by virtue simply of being white Southerners who weren’t republicans.
But Clinton’s impeachment was more a case of Bill’s inability to keep it zipped giving the righties ammo, than of them consciously looking for it: they had spent a near-decade and millions of taxpayer dollars on Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, Vince Foster, etc., without anything sticking . . . when Newt and the new GOP Congress, with their “Contract On (not with) America” took over, they had to be seen as “doing something” to earn their paychecks (this was before the teabagger era, when elected officials were actually expected to work.) . . . they needed something to look busy, and along came Linda Tripp’s taped conversations, which for them must’ve been like manna from the sky . . .
So while the tea-wing GOP hatred of the Clinton(s) may be visceral, it wasn’t — unlike their hatred of Obama — racial. And its for this reason I say that, as intense as the hatred was, and remains, for the Clintons, there were never any assassination attempts against Bill, thank goodness (other than those on his character.) There weren’t any on President Obama either (knock wood), though there were a couple of highly publicized WH intrusions, and the Secret Service reported an increase in the number of phone/electronic threats against the POTUS and his family of something like 400% since Obama took office . . .
But with the Clintons, there is a special kind of hatred. As if the Clintons somehow betrayed the republicans. It’s kind of like what Bemused said about saying the right magical words.
This is as genetic as dogs hating cats.
It’ll be an ongoing process over the next three election cycles, but the adults will be back in charge:
2016: with the Scary Black Man With The Funny Name finally leaving the White House, there will be fewer teabaggers throwing tantrums, and, as a result, fewer teabagger candidates for them to send to DC . . . result: the GOP might keep their majority in both houses, but it will be closer.
2018: even though, as David said, there will still be the case of HDR (Hillary Derangement Syndrome), it won’t be as pronounced as ODS, for the simple reason that Mrs. Clinton is white . . . add to this, moderates/independents will come to realize that nothing can get done if Congress does nothing but says “no”, and as a result, more Dems make it to Congress, perhaps enough to take over one house.
2020: here’s where the tsunami begins — ’20 is a census year; so along with reapportionment, some of the ridiculously gerrymandered districts will get “un-gerrymandered”, and a successful first term by Mrs. Clinton will bring in a wave of Democrats down-ticket. This will be the year Dems take back both houses.
My heavily gerrymandered district is so crazy right-wing way back when moderate Democrat Mark Warner ran for governor and I put up some Warner signs they weren’t just knocked down, they were ripped to shreds. I’ll talk politics with just about anybody but my neighbors. I don’t want my property vandalized.
Yeah, it’s like that here.
Except for major national elections affecting more than my district and state, basically the U.S. Senate and President, I won’t even see any Democrats working my polling station. It tends to go upper 60% Republican. Tea Party Republican. And I’m in a solidly middle class and even affluent suburban area.
mj, if only democrats had carried their happy asses to the polling booth back in 2010, we wouldn’t be having nearly as many gerrymandered republicans now.
Vote like it’s religion. Every time.
Well now — I was hoping the voters of UT-3 would remember this statement this coming November . . . but, given that’s its a solidly republican district (since it was created in 1980, all but one of its representatives has been from the GOP), they probably won’t care.
@ Eyes On Fox: “The sad thing is the toxic acrimony the Republicans keep stirring up has made it impossible for them to work with President Obama. It’ll make it impossible for them to work with President Hillary Clinton.”
Of course, there’s one relatively easy way to get around that: stop sending repubs to Congress . . .
The sad thing is the toxic acrimony the Republicans keep stirring up has made it impossible for them to work with President Obama. It’ll make it impossible for them to work with President Hillary Clinton. Which is to say it’s impossible for America to be governed.
What a pile of….