A sign that the latest House Republican Benghazi show investigation is backfiring grew when John Boehner refused to answer questions about why he won’t stop the Republicans from fundraising off of Benghazi.
Q: Four Americans died in Benghazi. Should the NRCC fundraise off of your efforts with the select committee?
Boehner: Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones. Period.
Q: Should the NRCC, they’re fundraising off of it right now, is that a wise thing to do?
Boehner: Our focus is getting the truth for these four families and for the American people.
Q: You are very involved in the fundraising off of this. Why is that happening?
Boehner: Our focus is on getting the truth for the American people and these four families.
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said Boehner has the ability to shut down the Republican fundraising off of Benghazi right now.
Rep. Cummings said, “Speaker Boehner can shut this fundraising effort down right now, and he should. You shouldn’t be raising money with regard to this matter.”
This story is backfiring on the Republicans. The media is already calling the commission a partisan stunt. Believe me, when you aren’t fooling Chuck Todd, you aren’t fooling anybody. Even worse, loyal Republican talking heads like Joe Scarborough are calling out Republicans for fundraising off of the Benghazi victims.
Republicans needed a quick pivot after they were proven completely wrong about Obamacare, so they revived the corpse of a past conspiracy theory. The problem is that literally everyone knows what they are doing, and why they are doing it.
John Boehner could put an end to the fundraising, but he won’t because Republicans are trying to profit off of the deaths of four Americans. This isn’t new behavior. The Republican Party has fundraised off of 9/11 for more than a decade.
By repeating the same non-answer over and over again, Speaker Boehner admitted his guilt. His answers were the political equivalent of taking the fifth.
This charade is already backfiring on House Republicans. The media isn’t interested, and have busted the GOP for trying to fundraise off of a tragedy. The American people aren’t interested, and only the zombies who watch Fox News care about this conspiracy.
House Republicans are only hurting themselves by reviving Benghazi. The latest master plan to get President Obama is resulting in another spectacular failure.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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