This morning on Fox News Sunday, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff suggested that his party will boycott the House’s proposed select committee on Benghazi:
Establishing a select committee to investigate the State Department’s handling of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya is a “colossal waste of time,” according to Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.).
“We’ve had four bipartisan investigations already,” Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the Republican plans to create the committee are politically motivated.
Schiff also said that Democratic leaders should not appoint anyone to the committee. “I don’t think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate,” he said. “I think it’s just a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources.”
Because the Democrats guard taxpayer resources so zealously.
It is possible that Schiff was freelancing, but more likely, I think, that he was previewing the Democrats’ position on the select committee, or at least floating a trial balloon on behalf of his party.
Can the Democrats possibly get away with the claim that there is no Benghazi scandal, even though four Americans were killed, including an ambassador, and we already know that 1) the Obama administration ignored repeated calls for improved security in Benghazi, 2) the administration made no attempt to rescue the besieged Americans, over a period of seven or eight hours, and 3) the administration’s attempted cover-up–al Qaeda is on the run, this was just a bunch of film critics who got out of hand–has already been exposed? One wouldn’t think so. And, by the way, we still don’t know what (if anything) either President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton did with regard to the terrorist attack on the evening of September 11, 2012. Did they participate? Did they give any orders, and if so, what were they? Were Obama and Clinton even awake? We don’t know.
The Democrats no doubt are banking on their news media auxiliary to back them up, by not covering whatever the select committee does, and by, whenever the committee’s actions are mentioned, giving equal time to the theory that the only scandal is the Republicans’ waste of taxpayer dollars. Will the news media come through for the Democrats? For the most part, of course they will. This morning, NBC offered Will.I.Am as a foreign policy expert on Meet the Press. There is no depth to which the Democratic Party media will not sink. Still, truth has a way of leaking out, and I doubt that the boycott will be wholly successful.
This is all about protecting Hillary (“What difference does it make?”) Clinton’s viability in 2016. Which is a top priority for the Democrats, since their second-most-credible presidential candidate is Joe Biden.