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The House today voted 232 to 186 for the establishment of a Select Committee on the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

The GOP has been crassly fundraising on their efforts to create a Select Committee, and the Committee will be a venue for Republicans to pander to their base. The GOP has consistently ignored one obvious solution for preventing future attacks: increased funding for security at diplomatic posts.

Republicans have also never showed interest in the fact that the outpost in question was a CIA location, not a State Department one. That, however, would mitigate the attention on Hillary Clinton, a large part of the reason for the Republican theatrics.

7 Democrats voted with Republicans to create the Select Committee:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Mike McIntyre is retiring, so he really must be a right-wing true believer.

Of those up for re-election, Barber (R+3), Barrow (R+9), Murphy (R+3), Peterson (R+5), and Sinema (R+1) are all in districts that lean Republican to various degrees. However, the people who view #Benghazi as a voting issue in the election will not be voting for their Democratic incumbents. Democrats shouldn't be pandering to the other party's base.

Originally posted to Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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