Prepare to be Benghazied
Here we go again. Now that the Republican Party has come down with situational blindness and acquitted the President, they have switched their attention to the 2020 election.
And it's clear that they’ll be using the same playbook they used last time.
Trump has already rolled out his familiar third-grade bully tactics, calling his opponents by derogatory nicknames. He has stood before Congress and the public rolling out lie after lie in his “State of How I Imagine the Union to Be” speech.
Now it's Lindsey Spineless Graham who is emerging to launch the next attack.
In spite of having previously called Donald Trump “a kook,” Graham has now completely converted and is not only drinking the party kool-aide, he’s also mixing it and serving it himself.
I’m sure we all remember the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Lybia in 2012. The attack happened under the watch of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Four Americans were killed. Many mistakes were made up and down the line.
And the GOP pounced on the incident as if it was a sign of the complete collapse of the American Empire.
There were no fewer than 10 investigations into what happened during the Benghazi attack. Six of them were run by the Republicans in Congress. After spending some $7 million, the investigations concluded that there were improvements that could be made to the way the situation was handled by the State Department and the military, but there was not one single finding of any type of wrongdoing by the Secretary of State.
In spite of this fact, the Republicans’ exercise in ogre building was an unqualified success. Stop almost any Republican voter in the street even today, and say the name “Hillary Clinton.” You’ll hear about how she lied, tried to cover up her failures, deliberately hid her actions in Benghazi. You’ll be reminded of the well known Trump-rally battle cry of “Lock her up!”
Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign insinuating that Clinton and the DNC were corrupt and criminal. The endless references to her “lost” and “hidden” emails, the hints about the hacking of the DNC server, and allusions to misuse of her family’s charitable foundation money.
Once again, investigations into Clinton’s actions in regard to her emails found that she showed poor judgment but did nothing criminal.
But the Trump campaign relentlessly attacked her character and accused her of criminal activity. Over and over and over and over again, they repeated the idea that Trump’s political opponent should be jailed in disgrace.
The Benghazi story was repeated ad nauseum by Trey Goudy, former GOP Congressman, and Trump surrogate. His hound dog eyes and faux sincerity made his story appealing to those who were looking for a good excuse to vote for the pussy grabber instead of the former Senator.
He repeatedly stated, with a straight face, that the entire Clinton situation was so horrific that it could have brought down the entire US government.
Welcome to the world of the “deep state.”
The Trumpian GOP playbook looks like this: make up some shady shit about your key adversary, but be sure that there is a grain of truth in it. Repeat it every day, dozens of times each day, with just a tinge of shock. Make it sound like you just cannot believe that anyone, anywhere, could EVER do such a heinous thing.
The playbook is easy to follow because it asks the accusers to simply look at their own lives or the lives of those they support. Just pretend that when you used the money from your charitable foundations to make your lives richer, it was the other guy who did that.
Go on national TV and clutch your pearls because the other guy is guilty of, gasp, nepotism! Do this even as your own kids jet around the world making business deals with countries that depend on the goodwill of the United States.
And enlist the help of the suck-ups in your own party to keep selling your snake oil.
Enter Senator Lindsey Graham, a man who manages to sound like Fred Rogers while lying through his teeth. A man whose years of experience in the Senate give him the kind of gravitas needed to announce an investigation of Hunter Biden with a straight face.
So here we go again.
The next nine or so months will be taken up with hearings, probes, studies, gasps of mock horror and cries of “Lock him up!” Nothing will be found, because there’s nothing to find.
But it won’t matter. The name of Senator Joe Biden will forever be tarnished with innuendo and insinuations of illegality. He’ll fall in the polls and the Dems will spend all day every day playing defense against a ghost.
And the most criminal, self-serving, dishonest, corrupt President in US history will waltz his way into another four years of ripping our country to shreds.
Get ready to be Benghazied, everyone.