GOP leaders are coming under new pressure from conservatives to form a special committee to investigate the Benghazi, Libya, attack.A discharge petition, if signed by a majority of the House, would force a vote on creating the committee. Unfortunately for the Steve Stockmans of the world, they're a little short of a majority. They do have more than 160 Republicans on board, but while that represents roughly 70 percent of House Republicans, it's far short of the 218 signatures they need.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is circulating a discharge petition to force a House vote on forming the panel, which would investigate events leading up to the terrorist attack last year on the U.S. diplomatic annex in Benghazi, as well as the Obama administration's response.
So, in lieu of a discharge petition with 218 signatures, Stockman has another trick up his sleeve:
Stockman on Tuesday will unveil a 60-foot-long scroll signed by 1,000 special forces veterans who support the committee. Supporters tout it as the largest petition ever presented to Congress, and Stockman plans to unroll it down the Capitol's steps.Wow. Sixty feet? That's impressive. That's almost as far as the distance between home plate and the pitcher's rubber. What a powerful way to make a statement about the seriousness of Benghazi.
Actually, though, I'm a little surprised that Stockman is content with 60 feet. It just seems like it would be so easy to make a larger petition. Maybe he should photocopy and enlarge it onto a 300 foot scroll. That way he could roll it out across a football field.
And while I'm brainstorming, let me also suggest that the next time Stockman has a bill that he doesn't like, he should reprint it in a super huge font, and then he could probably make the bill be like 432,381 pages. Or maybe even one million trillion pages or something. And then he could scream about how the bill was the largest bill EVER and how could anyone read anything that long? And simply by doing that, he could save America.