FINALLY, SOME PASSION – AT 8:33 A.M. ET: What? Do I see passion in the Republican Party? Is there a pulse? Quick, get a doctor! I want a second opinion.
But yes, we actually saw passion yesterday, and we must document it for you. From Foreign Policy magazine:
Several high-level GOP senators emerged from Thursday afternoon's classified briefing with top administration officials incensed that Obama team had offered them no new information and answered none of their questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans.
"That was the most useless, worthless briefing that I have attended in a long time. Believe me, there is more written in every major and minor publication in America about what happened." said Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker (R-TN), emerging from the all-senators briefing that included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Adm. Sandy Winnefeld. "It was like a one-hour filibuster with absolutely not one single bit of new information being brought forth... very disappointing."
Corker said that the briefing was so poorly received by senators that it would spur Congress to push for more independent investigations about the causes of the attack, the perpetrators, the security at the consulate, and the personal security of Amb. Chris Stevens, who died in the attack.
"[The briefing], if anything, built far greater distrust about what's happening than just answering questions. It was pretty unbelievable," said Corker. "In every event, when a serious question was asked, the answer was, ‘It's under investigation.' If I were them I would not have come to the Hill ... I think it is going to cause folks to push for something different, because it was received so poorly."
COMMENT: Great! It's about time. And it's about time Ms. Hillary shared in the blame. She's been walking on water far too long.
And, by the way, Bob Corker is turning out to be a corker. I saw him on TV and he's terrific. He reminded me of Harry Truman, and that's what the GOP needs.
As Lincoln said of Grant, whatever these Republican senators are drinking, send them a case. And send one to the Romney staff.
September 21, 2012