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  •  Limbaugh and Hannity (11+ / 0-)

    devoted nearly their entire show on Benghazi scandal.  Obama's Watergate.....

    drawing parallels between the WG break in occurring during the first term, and suppressed, then there was an election, then impeachment.

    They are very excited.

    •  The scandal in Watergate was real. (30+ / 0-)

      People on both sides of the aisle actually worked pretty hard not to go after Nixon.

      It was only after it came out that Nixon's activities were so over the line that they could not ignore him and still save face that his Presidency was called into question.

      The reason I write all of this because this is NOT Obama's "Watergate".  

      Benghazi as presented by the Republicans is a production of lies and misleading innuendo which have been used as political weapons against the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton.  

      •  Isn't this all a fundraising gimmick? (6+ / 0-)

        My impression has been that, since the 1st hearings and the issuing of the Accountability Review Board report, the only people carping on Benghazi -- or even talking about it -- have been a couple of Faux News hosts and some RWNJ bloggers.  Oh, and Republican fundraising mailers.

        Never forget the fundraisers.

        But, then, I live in a "reality bubble" out here in America, rather than inside the Beltway, so I might be wrong about that?

      •  and remember, Republicans wrote (10+ / 0-)

        several of the impeachment charges, notably Caldwell Butler of Virginia and Bill Cohen of Maine.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:01:05 PM PDT

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        •  Well, that was largely to do with the (3+ / 0-)
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          fact that it was a better option than having any of the handful of Democrats who were not feeling restrained about going after Nixon leading on the charging documents.

          The truth is that the transferred of power to Ford was a carefully brokered deal done in order to avoid conviction in the Senate and having the Congress be forced to remove Nixon.

          The Republicans didn't get better under Ford - just more careful.  We have Ford to thank for really giving Dick Cheney is first big break.

          •  Lot of scum washed in with ford... (0+ / 0-)

            He ushered in bush I Rumsfeld wolfowitz Cheney...

            I'm sure I missed a few more felons...

            Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

            by No Exit on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:40:27 PM PDT

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    •  that coordination means something and ignoring (1+ / 0-)
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      it as the dem party will probably do, as usual. is idiotic.

      it probably means they will keep pounding benghazi until the elections. and by not responding to their lying and distortions in real time dems are ensuring it will cause significant damage to hillary if she runs and will definitely continue to help the GOP obstruct obama.

      every dem that ends up in the media being asked about benghazi should be working the name limbaugh into the conversation, such as  "you sound just like limbaugh".

      benghazi from the start would be a no-brainer tragedy except for that talk radio advantage the right keeps using very successfully.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:39:07 PM PDT

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      •  it won't matter a whit what the dems do. (0+ / 0-)

        "it probably means they will keep pounding benghazi until the elections. and by not responding to their lying and distortions in real time dems are ensuring it will cause significant damage to hillary if she runs and will definitely continue to help the GOP obstruct obama."

        facts haven't stopped the birthers, have they? the fact is, this issue has been responded to, several times, it just doesn't matter. the conspiracy theorists will have their conspiracies, it's what they do.

        •  last 20 yrs is full of benghazis and they (0+ / 0-)

          work only because the right has 1200 unchallenged radio stations pounding the lies all over the country 24/7 with no one in their face in real time. it's a very effective political 2x4 that is invisible/untouchable to the left because it gives them headaches and many believe the right's BS about it (free speech, entertainment, market forces, it's an ancient tech, it's what the people want, etc)

          clinton gore kerry and obama and nearly every major dem and every major progressive issue has been severely swiftboated and defined by professional propaganda operations designed in think tanks and blasted primarily by RW radio, while those that promised to get their backs turned their backs.

          it's not that dems don't respond. by the time dems respond in the mediums they consider relevant these events have already been spun and pounded into the earholes of 50 mil a week. the fact is (aside from stoprush) the left has never even tried to respond directly to the buzz machine that turns molehills into election-relevant mountains within days and can maintain them for months and years.

          the entire RW/teabagger alternate reality is possible because the left and dems completely ignore RW radio and have had no response to it except to ignore it.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:51:39 PM PDT

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        •  Benghazi conspiracy theorists (0+ / 0-)

          I wish the ban hammer would fall on the Benghazi conspiracy theorists on this site.

          +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

          by cybersaur on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:51:10 AM PDT

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      •  No matter how irrelevant or irrational, (1+ / 0-)
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        the repetition of a Big Lie (in this case, that it was HRC's conspiracy to have an incident embarrassing the USA) is what counts.  Pound it, pound it over and over and over.

        I am convinced they are really, really frightened that HRC if she is the Dems candidate will walk in to the White House with Dems united to repay her for her years of being the spear carrier and taking the conservative hatred and onslaught as no other has.

        Many Dems even were swayed in part by the lies manufactured about her without letup since the 1994 health care reform attempt that was betrayed by the Tennessee Dem Cooper and the usual bribed for the insurance industry despicables from both parties. This horserace garbage fueled the rise of Obama as a bit more "electable" candidate at the end of the 2008 season.

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