There’s going to be live coverage on cable TV of the testimony from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the Benghazi! committee today. You can probably stream it, too, on your computer if you so desire.
So how will the Republicans convince viewers that they really aren’t out on a partisan witch hunt when everyone and their dog knows that they are? They’ve said as much both publicly and privately, and there are certain quarters in the GOP that are urging the House committee to come across as oh so fair but to really nail Ms. Clinton and thereby put an end to her run for the presidency. A delicate dance indeed.
It’s not like this is the first time we’ve heard the tune. Congress has spent more time and more separate formal hearings investigating the attack in Benghazi! than all the other high-profile terror attacks in the last twenty years combined.
An analysis of Congressional attention to previous high-profile terror incidents suggests that significantly more emphasis has been placed on Benghazi than other terrorism acts. The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the 1996 Khobar Tower bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and even the attacks of September 11, 2001 — all received less Congressional attention than Benghazi in the form of formal hearings and investigations into their respective causes.
The chart below shows the number of congressional committees dedicated to investigating facts about each respective attack. For the purposes of this analysis, committee investigations are defined as efforts that produce written reports.
What have they produced? Nothing more than what was said at the last one. But since it didn’t get the desired result — Hillary Clinton in jail — they had to try again.
We have not heard the last of this.