Morning Joe had a panel discussing Benghazi. In other words, Fox News and a Republican Congress have successfully coerced the traditional media into covering a false narrative on a tragic story.
Chuck Todd, a journalist that has recently seemed to have been taken hostage by right-wing talking points surprisingly gets it right. He acknowledges that the new Benghazi investigation is occurring because Republicans do not like the truths revealed from the many other investigations.
“As for the need for the select committee, I will hear Republicans say there are unanswered questions,” Chuck Todd says. "Well no, all the questions have been answered, there are just some people who do not like the answers, and that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess. What I don’t understand is their focus. Have a conversation about the policy. Have a debate and investigation as to whether the policy is working, our response to the Arab spring and if we did the right thing with the light footprint in Libya. To sit here and investigate talking points seem to be totally missing the larger point."
CNBC’s Brian Sullivan eventually could not take the ridiculous punditry and the behavior of the Republicans any longer. “Can we just stop saying, the Republican Party? As somebody that grew up in a conservative household, I don’t recognize the Republican Party of even my youth,“ Sullivan said. “I don’t like what I see. I don’t like the far Right. I don’t like the extremism. They’ve pushed me away. As somebody who is pretty much not religious, right, pro same sex marriage, pro legalization of marijuana for the most part. Okay, what party is this. What party am I supposed to be in, when I am a fiscal conservative who believes that small government can often be better. There are times for larger government. … But I don’t know who the Republican Party is anymore. I don’t know if the Republican Party knows who's the Republican, cause it is not a party, unfortunately Republicans, that I can get on board with because I don’t like the small-minded attitude, a lot of the far right-wing stuff that comes out.”
If one listens to Sullivan it becomes immediately evident that his Party has left him. It has left many otherwise good and noble Republicans. Most interestingly is how Democratic Sullivan sounds. It is almost like the Democratic party has morphed into the Republican party of old. Is there a place for true liberals and progressives anymore?