It’s a boondoggle for Republicans: So many conspiracy theories, so many things to obstruct, so many things to repeal, so many people to hate, and so little time. And despite Darrell Issa’s Joseph McCarthy’esque attempts to hold government officials in contempt of Congress for the IRS “scandal,” despite Republicans’ 51 plus Obamacare repeal attempts, despite the Benghazi witch hunt (Issa – again) and the IRS search-for-scandal game (yes, once again, Darrell Issa), despite Paul Ryan’s new-budget-just-like-Paul-Ryan’s-old-budget that just passed the House in a symbolic move, the clock has run out.
Yes, we know – it’s an election year. Anything could happen in the mid-terms: Could be upsets, like McConnell’s race in Kentucky; could maintain the status quo, Republicans keep the House, Dems keep the Senate; we could swap, Dems give up the Senate and get the House. But one thing that we do know, unequivocally, is that the efforts by the right on any number of what they deem pressing issues have been an epic fail.
Benghazi needed to be investigated, and so it was. And then Republicans, in the form of Congressman Darrell Issa (who apparently earns his living wasting taxpayer money and shining his heels on the top of his desk), grabbed on to it like a life raft, held hearing after hearing, tried everything possible to find some way that Hillary Clinton’s and/or the Obama Administration’s conduct around Benghazi could be declared incompetent – or, better yet, criminal – and failed. Fox News commentator and believer in all things Republican, Charles Krauthammer, has admitted that the Benghazi investigation “is done,” and that, “Politically speaking, the administration has won.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace last month took on Issa and his obsession with Benghazi, even confronting him about the Four Pinocchios that Issa was awarded by fact-checkers relating to Benghazi. When even Fox News frowns on out of bounds right-wing conduct, it’s time for right-wingers to admit they’ve hit a brick wall.
The narrow window of time in which Republicans had the opportunity to convince the American public that Obamacare would, you know, kill people, kill jobs, kill the economy, create rampant socialism, communism even, has closed. Republicans can talk all day long about cooked enrollment numbers, keep their fingers crossed that people haven’t paid their premiums and therefore aren’t really enrolled, continue to bet against the health and welfare of Americans, but facts are not fluid things, and the enrollment numbers are largely coming back from the states, not the federal government. The Obama Administration, in any accounting, has exceeded its enrollment goals by a good bit. That’s a fact.
A desperate Darrell Issa is attempting to invoke tactics last used by communist-hunter Joseph McCarthy, hoping to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress for twice invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Issa’s investigation – after hundreds of hearings, and at a cost of $14 million, at least, to taxpayers – has revealed that the IRS was not flexing politically motivated muscles, that there were no political vendettas at work, and that the IRS was investigating groups from both the left and the right for tax irregularities. It’s not the Dems’ fault that there are just more crazy tea party groups than groups on the left seeking tax-free status to pursue political agendas.
Washington Post opinion writer, E.J. Dionne, Jr., wrote, “Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?”
Republicans will never hold themselves accountable, even when they’re consistently on the losing end of every manufactured battle, every time. The only accountability for Republicans that seems obvious is that voters will, in a perfect world, hold them accountable for their terrible behavior and extreme anti-American agendas in both the 2014 mid-terms and the 2016 general election. The majority of Americans want the healthcare reform law, Obamacare, to work. The majority of Americans are so over Benghazi. The majority of Americans never cared at all about the manufactured IRS “scandal” driven by Issa.
The majority of Americans want higher wages and jobs, two issues that Republicans are completely, 100% unwilling to spend money, energy or time on – unless, of course, it’s to obstruct them. For mischief, Republicans have endless money, energy and time.