Robin Smith / October 5, 2015

The Gaffe Heard Round the Political World

McCarthy left a lot of wiggle room for Hillary on Benghazi.

When you’re a hammer, everything in the world appears to be a nail. So goes the saying that may explain Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe heard around the political world. The would-be House speaker greatly undermined the meticulous work of the Benghazi House Select Committee, letting it be cast as a partisan tool meant to dismantle the presidential hopes of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

House Majority Leader McCarthy took a softball interview question and completely whiffed it, fell outside the batter’s box and was called out. McCarthy was asked to contrast his approach to the top House leadership position to outgoing Speaker John Boehner. In attempting to make the point that House Republicans can effectively govern with their post-2010 majority, McCarthy failed to offer an appropriate example.

Self-identifying as a conservative who would work with a conservative Congress to put together a “strategy to fight and win,” McCarthy immediately provided his “one example” of a strategy that has worked. However, it’s incredibly unfortunate that, in less than 30 seconds, McCarthy took an important congressional committee’s work to understand the national security and diplomatic failures surrounding the attack in Benghazi and sullied it as little more than a political ploy to drive down Clinton’s presidential poll numbers.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” McCarthy said. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable.”

Clinton immediately seized on McCarthy’s remarks as her “out” — proof that she was the victim of a political witch hunt. “When I hear a statement like that,” she declared, “which demonstrates unequivocally that this was always meant to be a partisan political exercise, I feel like it does a grave disservice and dishonors not just the memory of the four that we lost, but of everybody who has served our country.”

Of course, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are responsible for the deaths of the four Americans at Benghazi, not just for dishonoring their memory.

Leftmedia presstitutes likewise will forever use McCarthy’s comments to “invalidate” whatever conclusion the Select House Committee reaches. The Left now screeches with delight that there is “proof” the attacks on Clinton are politically driven.

There’s no question McCarthy committed a serious blunder. It seems clear to us he intended to show that Hillary is an untrustworthy liar — a fact made obvious by the committee’s findings, and one that is evident in her falling poll numbers. Instead, he has written the script of every Democrat campaign advertisement for Hillary. What impact his comments will have on both the speaker’s race and on Hillary’s fortunes remains to be seen.

Please don’t think that Democrats would not vote for McCarthy in the absence of strong support within his own ranks. They would love to perpetuate this gaffe all throughout his future tenure and the 2016 presidential election. Democrats know McCarthy will forever carry the tag line that destroyed the authenticity of the Benghazi hearings.

The Republican ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is truly astounding.

But the facts about Benghazi still remain: Obama and Clinton deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi without any clear succession plan, which left the nation to crumble into jihadi-perpetrated anarchy. They then declined to provide adequate security to U.S. assets in Libya and abandoned four Americans when the inevitable attack happened. Finally, in order to protect Obama’s re-election narrative of having “decimated al-Qaida,” they lied about the reason for the attack (blaming a YouTube video about Islam) and continued to do so for weeks, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Hillary Clinton has disqualified herself as a guardian of America’s best interests. She absolutely is an untrustworthy liar, but, unfortunately for Republicans, McCarthy’s gaffe left a lot of wiggle room for the perpetual victim of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

> Update: Clinton is still mad, fussing, “This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan, political issue out of the deaths of four Americans. I would have never done that! And if I were president — and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that — I would have done everything to shut it down.”

> Again, she is the one who politicized it from the time the first shots were fired.

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