So House Republicans begin yet another investigation of Benghazi!, with the chairman of the select committee repudiating fundraising off the publicity at the same time the NRCC was distributing a letter fundraising off the publicity. There’s a reasonable chance Ed Kilgore over at Political Animal is right that the whole exercise is an attempt, or perhaps a stalking horse, for impeachment, whether because the House leadership is acting on principle (!) and believes impeachable offenses have been committed or in response to pressure from the far-right portion of the party. The anomaly that the very same gentlefolk were uninterested in investigating administration spin that led the country into war on a false pretense, killing many and displacing more while making the entire world less safe, has been remarked upon before but it bears re-noticing.
One measure of how seriously the investigation Boehner et al. think of this from a legal viewpoint is the geographic diversity of the seven Republicans lucky enough to be chosen to
get the publicity pursue the facts about this particular piece of administration spin.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
Covers pretty much the full spectrum, right? At least, if you’re a Republican who’s ready to write off the Mountain West as eventually purple and the rest of the country as already incorrigible. If, in other words, you’re among those who never really participated in the American dream even though you were wise enough to be born with the right skin color, not even during the enormous boom following the Second World War when lots of money was made but nearly all of it by rich folks on the coasts or the prairies. If you’re from what might be called the Land of Resentment, in the midst of which I grew up.