Howard Dean: “Benghazi is a laughable joke”
posted at 2:28 pm on May 21, 2013 by Guy Benson
Giggle, giggle: “Benghazi is a laughable joke. Benghazi is a laughable joke … the blaming of the president for that is a ridiculous joke.”
What a sharp, compassionate take from the former DNC Chair and presidential candidate. Throughout the segment, Dean analyzed the Benghazi massacre through a purely partisan prism, arguing that it has “no traction” (essentially, no one cares — perhaps with a few marginal exceptions) and that Republicans’ persistence in investigating what happened is evidence of “overreach.” Since he brought up the crude metric of public opinion, I’ll just point out that two new national polls demonstrate: (a) an 87/14 super-majority of Americans view the Benghazi talking points as an important issue, (b) a 59/36 majority now believes the attack could have been prevented, (c) a 57/32 majority thinks the administration is still covering something up, and (d) a 59/37 majority approves of Republicans’ handling of the controversy
. All that aside, no amount of polling can or should alter the moral correctness of seeking the truth about a terrorist attack that claimed four American lives. Dean was also asked about the IRS and DOJ affairs. His verdict: “To call all these things scandals is a little on the silly side.” He instead harped on the House’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare — which probably sounds better than ever to many Americans.