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   The Rcons have set themselves for rout in November by playing politics with The Benghazi incident. By boycotting the select committee, as Assistant House leader Cong. Jim Clyburn has recommended...

The third-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership, Rep. James Clyburn, told reporters that he would be “dead set” against participating if the panel were uneven. “I’m not bringing a noose to my hanging,” he added. A majority of those speaking before the full Democratic caucus Wednesday made the case against participating, according to a leadership aide.
...  It means? Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership and most skilled members will get prime time spots night after night to push-back, rebut and attack the predictable smears distortions and over-reach of the 'Republican hearings'. Which few will actually watch. but everybody will see Nancy Pelosi and the Administrations response with Senator Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden throwing in a punch or two.      
     It is the perfect vehicle to nationalize the election. Attacking on the issue of National security,  Republican fidelity, competence and ongoing grasp in foreign affairs.
    The hard national security record will also come out. Reagan's Beirut fiasco, losing over 300 sleeping marines. And, 9/11 will invariably come up. The public will be reminded of the three thousand souls that were sacrificed that terrible day in New York, Pennsylvania, DC. 'And who was in charge.'

        President Obama, once again, has chosen a wise and steady course of action. One, that values American blood and treasure over the kind of flashy bluster and blunder that lead to wasteful and expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
   Even in the Ukraine? Now it is Russian blood treasure and international prestige that is at risk.
      Leader Nancy Pelosi is 'the person', to lay that case out to the American people. Let her directly take on John Bohner! Night after night expose the true national danger of Mr. Bohner's simplistic Gerry-ship in the US House of Representatives. He lost the election by over a million votes and yet has the gall to ruthlessly wield this gavel.    
Ten years ago massive crowds were forming in European capitals and around the world to condemn the wars advocated by Cheney and pushed on a 'green' President Gorge Bush, in his first term.
       By the way, 'Can we believe.' President Gorge W. Bush now knows he should have followed the constitutional order and listened to the advice of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Who knows what he is talking about. Thankfully the advice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the election of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of The United States House of Representatives, the first woman is history, finally got through to him. He fired Rumsfeld and distanced Cheney. Who became VP by taking advantage of 'a situation'.
  Aaron Burr?

After leaving Washington, Burr traveled west seeking new opportunities, both economic and political. His activities eventually led to...
 ...Although the subsequent trial resulted in acquittal, Burr's western schemes left him with large debts and few influential friends. In a final quest for grand opportunities, he left the United States      
    Today, the policies and presence of the Obamas on the world stage and the work of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and now John Kerry has kept the US out of several wars, reduced and 'smartened up' our footprint in active engagements.
  Leader Pelosi and her team are going to get a chance, night after night weekend after weekend, to push back on the kooky conspiracy mind set of today's GOP.

 "Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"

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  •  I don't think either party will gain any election (6+ / 0-)

    traction from the Benghazi hearings, and I think the Democrats will participate.

    Benghazi is very far down the list of the issues voters will care about in November.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Sun May 11, 2014 at 02:28:38 PM PDT

    •  True. (3+ / 0-)
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      ahumbleopinion, buffie, Chas 981

      As irritating as the whole thing is, it is not that politically meaningful. I'm fine with it. I figure that the GOP always is going to be harping about something. Might as well be this. Think how irritating it would be if they actually had something with meat.

    •  They won't if they just leave it alone (1+ / 0-)
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      The smartest move Dems could make would be to grab onto the hearings and go Shutdown on them.  The economy will be going up.  UE will be going down.

      Use the Republicans clown show against them.  Stay on TV saying how Republicans are out to lunch and will continue this is they stay on office.  Keep saying they want to impeach POTUS over and over and over again. There literally is no better way to fire up the Presidents base.

      They need to treat these hearing like the briar patch and dive in. No risk no reward.

      "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

      by justmy2 on Sun May 11, 2014 at 04:26:07 PM PDT

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      •  Republicans would LOVE it! (0+ / 0-)

        Sure.  Invite the Democrats to "jump into the briar patch".  Republicans would love it!  They'd be thanking their lucky stars that their little gambit actually worked.


        1) It would distract Democrats from their core messages and strategies.

        2) It would sap Democrats' precious time, energy & attention span.

        3) It would energize the Republican base.

        4) It annoy and demoralize the Democratic base.

        5) It would tacitly support the GOP ruse that Democrats must have something to hide.

        6) The direct contention and drama would draw more intense media coverage to something that serves only GOP interests - not Dem interests.

        7) It would further contribute to the national discouragement that Congress is dysfunctional, so why even bother to take an interest in the midterm elections? (A scenario that directly supports GOP talking points, as it simultaneously suppresses voter enthusiasm...and turnout - all tailor-made to benefit Rethugs in November.)

        In summary, the best Democrats could do here would be to fight Rethugs to a draw - while expending significant time, energy & attention span in doing it, that could be much better used elsewhere.  So where's the "win" for Democrats?  If the Rethugs just keeping shoveling crap like this at the Dems , and the Dems keeping falling for it, then how does that get us any closer to actually implementing our own strategies, on our own terms, in order to pursue our own purposes?

        Answer?  It doesn't.  And that's why they want so badly for Democrats to "take the bait".  Again.  It's what they do when they have nothing positive to actually offer to the country.  So they spend their time trying to take down the Democrats instead.

        So don't take the bait.  Don't feed the trolls.  Just say "no".

        Now do you see how the game is played?

        All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

        by Mystic Michael on Sun May 11, 2014 at 09:05:26 PM PDT

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  •  Yes, Boycott! (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, AnnieR

    However it would be surprising if in the vacuum, corporate media covers the concerns of Democrats, day after day. Corporate media's more likely to try and keep score and cover Republicons.

    And, did you mean US Secretary of State John Kerry; instead of "John Carey"?

  •  Repeal and replace Benghazi (1+ / 0-)
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    How long until  Republicans bail out of Benghazi and climb into the next attack vehicle of self destruction?

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sun May 11, 2014 at 03:22:27 PM PDT

  •  The talking points for the new Benghazi (7+ / 0-)

    committee all come pre-debunked, like the talking points for Obamacare since we started getting real ACA Signups numbers. Meanwhile Democrats have majorities on all of the real issues, if we can actually show up at the polls. It will come down to GOTV, where the most effective force driving Democrats to the polls will continue to be the Republicans.

    But as every textbook on salesmanship says over and over, outside of a supermarket you can't get the sale unless you ask for it.

    Republicans want to keep you from voting. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    Republicans want to take your tax money and give it to the rich with tax breaks. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    (In states that refused Medicaid expansion) Republicans want your tax money to go to states that have Medicaid expansion, and let thousands of people die every year without Medicaid, and let Emergency Rooms and whole hospitals continue to close, denying you services. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    Republicans want to keep people from making enough to get off food stamps and other programs for the poor, while they complain about paying taxes to help the working poor. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    Republicans are attacking (choose whichever groups the prospective voter belongs to or empathizes with) women, minorities, immigrants, the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the middle class, the young, the old, low-wage workers, unions, the public schools, all religious beliefs (including none of the above) except their favored few, victims of gun violence, and more. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    Republicans lie, cheat, and steal, and teach people to hate and harm each other. Are you going to let them get away with that?

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sun May 11, 2014 at 04:20:30 PM PDT

  •  Here's to hoping you're correct. (0+ / 0-)

    However, the skeptic in me says Benghazi is a huge issue for the right wing voters, because hate tv and radio have told them it is; this is an off-year election and our guys tend not to show up for those.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Sun May 11, 2014 at 04:36:23 PM PDT

  •  Benghazi by the numbers (0+ / 0-)

    1. Democrats should boycott.
    2. Democrats won't boycott.
    3. It won't make any difference.
    4. No one will care (OK - almost no one).
    5. The best sound bites will be chiding the Repugs for wasting money.

  •  And who will Leader Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

    Be making those nightly comments to?  For sure FOX won't cover them, CNN is a maybe and that only leaves MSNBC.  MSM will skim over it too.  

    I really this we should have 1 or 2 members on the Committee to protect our interests and the witnesses that will be called.  Lets see what happens when Pelosi and Boehner have their meeting this week.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:56:21 PM PDT

  •  I'm not going to hold my breath. But hope so. (0+ / 0-)

    The republicans of America have proven to be the most stupid people in US history, I can't see the gerrymandered districts shifting enough.

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