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November 16, 2012

Benghazi

-- by Dave Johnson

I've been trying to figure out what the Republicans are going on about with Benghazi. They have themselves all in one of their frenzies. But no one can figure out why.

It started out with Romney saying Obama "sympathized with the attackers." But now they're going on about how there is a cover-up that is worse than Watergate. (But they always say that...)

So like most of us, I haven't been able to figure out just what was supposed to have been covered up. But now I think I get it.

Here is what I think is going on: They are trying to say Obama covered up that there was an attack because the election was coming. They believe that all news of attacks helps Republicans and hurts Democrats! So they think if the pubic had known there had been an attack (which everyone of course did know) then they all would have decided to vote for Republicans. And that's why they say Obama "covered up" that there had been an attack.

That's why Romney did that weird thing in the debate about how Obama never said there had been an attack, and it turned out he had said it immediately.

Remember, when Bush was President, how they would make it seem like there was a terrorist around every corner? Two dark-skinned guys on a boat with a camera and the whole right-wing media machine would go nuts about "terrorists planning an attack." They would make up stories about terrorist attacks at convenient times, and raise the alert level from red to dark-red, etc. Remember how they would use terrorism to silence everyone, and get more votes?

Republicans believe that news of an attack helps them, and hurts Democrats. That is what you have to understand, to understand this whole Benghazi thing. When you try to understand just what Obama is supposed to have covered up, that's it.

They are screaming because Obama didn't go all "noun verb 9/11." They believe they own that.

Of course, everyone knew there had been an attack. But never mind that.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 16, 2012 3:28 PM


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