Pelosi demands equal split on Benghazi select panel

posted at 12:01 pm on May 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Good luck with that. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faces pressure from all sides in regard to the newly-launched select committee to investigate Benghazi. Participating would legitimize the results, while boycotting it might open up Democrats to attacks on their concern for diplomatic personnel abroad, four of whom were killed in the attack on September 11, 2012, and leave administration officials no way to set the narrative through the friendly questioning of Democrats on the panel during public hearings. Pelosi hedged in the direction of participation by demanding an equal number of seats on the committee:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the select committee probing the attack in Benghazi should be split equally between Democrats and Republicans.

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said in a Tuesday morning statement. “The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee. It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

Unfortunately for Pelosi, her own track record with select committees sets the precedent in the other direction. John Boehner pointed out — and Politico’s Jake Sherman did as well — that Pelosi gave Democrats nine of the fifteen seats on the House select committee on global warming in 2007.

Newly-appointed chair Trey Gowdy poured cold water on that demand immediately (via The Right Scoop, at the 4:30 mark):

MARTHA: All right. So talk to me a little it about the makeup of this committee because Nancy Pelosi just said moments ago, to our Chad Pergram, he reported that she wants this to be an evenly divided select committee, an even number of Democrats and Republicans.

And you know that up to that statement, there have been a lot of calls for Democrats to completely boycott this committee. And there’s going to be be very little credibility if it is full of Republicans, many would say.

GOWDY: Well, I certainly hope the Democrats participate. I, Martha, continue to think that some things transcend politics like the murder of four of our fellow citizens and whether or not you trust government. That is not a red or blue issue. That is an American issue. As for whether or not they boycott, I hope they don’t.

I can tell you this. It is not going to be evenly constituted and when she was Speaker Pelosi, she certainly showed no interests in having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

We’re in the majority. That may or may not be the case after November but we’re in the majority right now and we’re in the majority for a reason. And I just find it interesting that people’s ability to do math changes when they go from being the Speaker to the Minority Leader.

MARTHA: So what, tell me what composition you see on this select committee? What would you like it to be?

GOWDY: Well, the Speaker is going to decide that. Something in the 10-7 range or like what we have with other committees now. Every committee of Congress is constituted with more Republicans than Democrats because there are more Republicans than Democrats. And i hasten to add, every committee in the Senate is constituted with more Democrats than Republicans. I mean there are consequences to elections.

That leaves Pelosi back at square one. Does she boycott the committee and leave administration officials in the hands of the GOP with no way to push back against their interrogations, or join up and offer cooperation in the probe? Bear in mind, a refusal to cooperate will mean that Democrats won’t be able to participate in the depositions either, which Gowdy points out will be much more effective in uncovering the truth than televised hearings. Republicans will be able to release testimony at will without any opportunity to provide the context in which it was given. If the panel digs out truly scandalous information, House Democrats will be left twisting in the wind.

I’d bet on Pelosi deciding to participate. There are too many ways to lose in the other direction, and even with their participation Democrats can still claim that the entire process is politicized anyway. Why give up the small advantages they’ll have just to sit on the sidelines?


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“I mean there are consequences to elections.”

Heh… where have I heard that before? Oh yeah…

I won.

Drained Brain on May 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

geojed on May 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Gowdy to Pelosi: We won.

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Change the locks on the doors, Trey. It’s not like there’s never been a precedent for that

skeeterbite on May 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

That leaves Pelosi back at square one.

Empress Pelosi has to attack the process because she can’t address the substance: Hillary deliberately downgraded security for a gun running operation because Dear Liar wanted to arm militant Islamist.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Pelosi 2016!!!!

Connecticut on May 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The Charlie Sandman of the New Millennium.

Kidfromjersey on May 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

If you want to get to the truth, no democrat should be allowed to sit on this commitee. I think the democrats should stick with their origianl idea of boycotting the commitee. In this way the American people may finally get through all the lies and roadblocks the Obama regime has placed in the way. A person who lies, like obama, is called a liar.

Kuffar on May 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM


I mean there are consequences to elections.

WHOO HOO!
IN YO FACE PELOSI!

(as long as I don’t have to look at your face… *Shudder*)

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Who does this scumhag think she is? Does she think Boehner is her biatch?

Btw, McCarthy, the wonderful prosecutor, should join Gowdy’s team.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

All part of the DC game.

frogbearfighter on May 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

When Bush was President and the Dems were in the minority, Pelosi held mock Congressional hearings in the basement, invited the media and pretended she was in charge. Even if they did not have subpoena power, they still tried.

Connecticut on May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

LOL, elections have consequences! Rep. Gowdy ROCKS!! Hey, Stretch how’s THAT FEEL? Recall that little gem? I hope that was as good for you as it was for me because for me it was GOOOOOOOD!

Meople on May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Flailing Democrats are my favorite flailing things.

Akzed on May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Hey, it wouldn’t be a party without Elijah Cummings!

trigon on May 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

But I thought the democrats were going to boycott these right winger conspiracy committees because this is partisan and a nothing burger or something…

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Participating would legitimize the results, while boycotting it might open up Democrats to attacks on their concern for diplomatic personnel abroad, four of whom were killed in the attack on September 11, 2012, and leave administration officials no way to set the narrative through the friendly questioning of Democrats on the panel during public hearings.

But wait….if there’s no “there there”, then they can’t lose no matter what they choose to do.

The fact they are pining over this decision says all you need to know about what we’re about to hear.

BobMbx on May 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I say have 1 Democrat to allow claims of bipartisanship and then make that Democrat get coffee for everyone else.

/playing by their rules

ConDem on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

She is playing to the ignorant, which is what Dems do.

Sheerq on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Please….put DWS on the panel.

BobMbx on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Agreed Allah. They’re in. All this chest thumping was to get that “illegitimate” smell wafting through the air pronto.

WisRich on May 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I’d bet on Pelosi deciding to participate. There are too many ways to lose in the other direction, and even with their participation Democrats can still claim that the entire process is politicized anyway. Why give up the small advantages they’ll have just to sit on the sidelines?

There you go again, trying to tie logic to bat-sh!t crazy Pelosi.

SteveInRTP on May 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said

Which is admitting that obozocare is not fair having been passed without single GOP vote.

Flange on May 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Excellent – just say no to Democrats when they are the whining minority. George Bush was WAY too accommodating. Democrats deserve far less.

rhombus on May 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Who gets to select the Dems that are on the panel?
Pelosi or Boehner?

airupthere on May 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

we all need to pray and pray hard!! this benghazi story is not going away, as much as the liberals tried so hard to downplay it. still, i hope and pray that this select panel actually makes significant progress.

Sachiko on May 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Please….put DWS on the panel.

BobMbx on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Along with some of those geniuses from the Racist Congressional Caucus, please …

ShainS on May 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The only equal splits I see are the haggard gorges in her hideous face.

And I just find it interesting that people’s ability to do math changes when they go from being the Speaker to the Minority Leader.

Oh please run for President, someday, very soon. We’ll try to hold on till then!

ImmigrantsWife on May 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I say have 1 Democrat to allow claims of bipartisanship and then make that Democrat get coffee for everyone else.

/playing by their rules

ConDem on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yep, pretty much.

I think if the situation were reversed, and the Dims were still in control of the House, they wouldn’t allow ANY Republicans on the committee.

They wouldn’t even give them the opportunity. They would lock them out of the rooms and post armed brownshirts at the doors so they couldn’t force their way in, just like when they were conjuring up ObamaFleece.

Meople on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Who gets to select the Dems that are on the panel?
Pelosi or Boehner?

airupthere

Unfortunately, it will be Pelosi.

BD57 on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said

Which is admitting that obozocare is not fair having been passed without single GOP vote.

Flange on May 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Great point. What I would give for one DC Correspondent with some stones to throw that one in her botoxed face …

ShainS on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

ShainS on May 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

“Tell me sir, wasn’t there a chance that Liby would… just tip over”

– Hank “Guam” Johnson

SteveInRTP on May 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

OH like when Nancy gave the GOP equal say on obamacare?

you wanted scorched earth lady you got it

what is it you dems say

Elections have consequences, you cant veto or override this investigation, the criminal acts of the obama admin over benghazie will eventually see the light of day

sniffles1999 on May 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Flailing Democrats are my favorite flailing things.

Akzed on May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

And then watching them roast is special also…..

redguy on May 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

No more than five dems.

Reminder question: How many Republicans did Pelosi allow to contribute to ZeroCare™ ????

dogsoldier on May 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Madamn Pelousy is just laying the groundwork for Majority Leader McConell to give up the nuclear option in the spirit of bipartisanship.

NOMOBO on May 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Kills her to give this Committee any legitimacy by adding Dems to the panel.

Terrifies her what the Committee could uncover and report if she doesn’t.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It’s official. I’m in love with Trey Gowdy.

KateNE on May 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I like how the response was more “get real” than “lets all hold hands and work together”. They deserve to twist in the wind on this. Only a preposterous sense of fair-play would justify giving democrats any say at all at this committee. What will any Democrat actually contribute in the first place??

Keep their participation as realistically hamstrung as possible if they decide NOT to boycott.

Mord on May 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Gowdy’s smile when Martha ran by him what Nancy wants is worth 1000 bucks.

Unfortunately for Pelosi, her own track record with select committees sets the precedent in the other direction. John Boehner pointed out — and Politico’s Jake Sherman did as well — that Pelosi gave Democrats nine of the fifteen seats on the House select committee on global warming in 2007.

Witch, may you fly your hammer broom.

Leftists want majorities when they are in the majority/minority, just because they are them.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I’d bet on Pelosi deciding to participate.

Agreed. The simply withholding of any additional evidence is going to go against the admin and Dems at this point.

Right before an election, too.

So, yeah, I think they’ll participate, if for no other reason than to give themselves the best possible opportunity of minimizing the damage.

lineholder on May 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

It’s official. I’m in love with Trey Gowdy.

KateNE on May 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Sorry, but you’ll have to get in line! ;-)

lineholder on May 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Let them bail.

And then boil it down to five GOP’ers.

Too many people equals chaos.

budfox on May 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Gowdy – I mean there are consequences to elections.

Embrace the Suck…Nancy

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I agree there should be a few Dems on the panel to avoid the “partisan witch hunt” meme. Let the donks try to deflect and distract after Gowdy drops the hammer…

fortcoins on May 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Fair?

The truth isn’t fair, it’s the truth. As if the GOP will suddenly invent some evidence.

No, you lousy POS former speaker, you are going down, and hard. Your party will take a devastating loss this November.

Enjoy,

We The People.

rightside on May 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the select committee probing the attack in Benghazi should be split equally between Democrats and Republicans.

Well, you know then that they are in trouble.

I can’t recall now… oh let’s see, here …. er, …. how much input did the RINOs have in Obamacare? I am sure the Demosplats insisted on an equal footing then, didn’t they?

Yeah sure, ya betcha babe!

Pelosi is slime.

Chuck Ef on May 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I recall the weeks long televised testimony of the Iran-contra hearings when the democrats made a show boat trial.

Would that the Republicans be able to muster such a trial of far more devastating charges.

As it is… Benghazi will not get any airtime and the “informed” public will wonder why the GOP is wasting time trying to go after the president politically when there are far more important things out there like climate disruption which the news told them was really important … More so than climate change.

Skywise on May 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Gowdy is a pitbull – obama and his democrats are scared to death of him – they know that he won’t let anyone, or anything, stand in the way of the truth.

Pork-Chop on May 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Gowdy hits a home run with his elections have consequences. Obama might even learn that running off your mouth has consequences. Plastic Pelosi is probably too brittle to learn anything and is so shameless that she’ll never understand the meaning of hypocrisy-even if her picture is beside the word in an illustrated dictionary.

dgolfnut on May 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hey, it wouldn’t be a party without Elijah Cummings!

trigon on May 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

One response for Mr Cummings…

You had your chance

Willys on May 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Skywise on May 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

We’ll have to wait and see how it goes, won’t we?

I wouldn’t underestimate Trey Gowdy, though.

lineholder on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

All these confirms what we know.
Republicans are scared of Hillary.
I’m not so sure Benghazi is the top of the most important items for Americans tight now.
What do the polls say?
Clearly a potential Clinton presidency is giving some people sleepless night.
Americans can smell this buls^$t from a mile away.

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

right now*

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I think it’s just adorable how Pelosi expects more consideration shown to her than she has EVER shown to Republicans. Remember how inclusive she was with Obamacare? Me either.

KateNE on May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Don’t know about the rest of you folks but I’m bying stock in Orville Redenbacher now.

D-fusit on May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Put the blunt down.

SteveInRTP on May 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

…did she say spit…or split?

KOOLAID2 on May 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Strong evidence suggests the party in power uses the organ of government to intimidate and personally destroy opponents one must presume Rep Gowdy has a spotless.personal record. People who aren’t permitted to sin out of fear of retribution tend to be done pretty uptight folks. Democrats are causing the govt to be less tolerant.and more reactionary because the only folks suitable to survive dirty politics are going to be holy rollers. Thanks a-holes.

pc on May 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I think Gowdy should have surprised everybody and taken the Pelosi bait.

First, the GOP could now say, “You see how generous we are, how bi-partisan we are? We are so interested in finding the truth that we’re willing to do this, even though there’s no reason to and Pelosi never did it for us.”

Second, it would have ensured Dem participation, which would keep the issue in the news and force MSM to report on it.

Third, as a practical matter, the tilt in number makes little difference. For most voters, if the hearings do register at all, it will be the “Issa said this, while Cummings said that” reporting they will read.

But instead of doing this, we just reflexively revert to our traditional combative stance, which serves us short-term tactically but poorly strategically (ie, getting your neighbor to consider voting GOP again). We could have at least said the proposal has merit, and a split based only on current representation is not necessary.

And Benghazi hearings are by no means a slam dunk for the GOP. Reading Dana Millbank this morning, I thought his spin sounded pretty good if you were neutral on the topic.

bobs1196 on May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Now that’s epic.

Chuck Schick on May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pelosi is using this to set up a reason to boycott it. Frankly, I don’t care if the democrats boycott it, since they will do nothing but try to obstruct and undermine anyway.

TarheelBen on May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

She wasn’t interested in bipartisinship when they were passing O’Barrydon’tcare.

Sven on May 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

You know what? I think democrats are risking an awful lot by running for an Obama 3rd term. What do the polls say on that? We can do this all day.

Name me one Democrat that could run against both Obama and a Republican, with credibility and without going further to the Left like RedSkin Warren inevitably would.

Republicans aren’t scared of Hillary. Democrats are scared of Obama.

Mord on May 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Don’t know about the rest of you folks but I’m bying stock in Orville Redenbacher now.

D-fusit on May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Yeah…But with Jiffypop you can make a hat to pass out to the neighborhood global warming freaks to wear.

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

“10-7 range”? Rep. Gowdy is being a heck of lot more generous than I would be. I’d put it in the 14-3 range.

And I thought the haughty Piglosi wasn’t going to lend any credence to this whole Bengazi “diversion,” not going to participate in any discussions at all. As she told the press recently: “If you all want to sit around and talk about Bengazi among yourselves, that’s fine. We have more important things to do.” Or words to that effect.

I will be so glad to see the last of this vile woman.

MisterElephant on May 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

All these confirms what we know.
Republicans are scared of Hillary.
I’m not so sure Benghazi is the top of the most important items for Americans tight now.
What do the polls say?
Clearly a potential Clinton presidency is giving some people sleepless night.
Americans can smell this buls^$t from a mile away.

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Killary aint’ gonna run…No way.

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Yeah…But with Jiffypop you can make a hat to pass out to the neighborhood global warming freaks to wear.

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Coffee meet monitor.

I can actually picture one of my neighbors running through the streets with that on his head screaming about polar bears now.

D-fusit on May 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Haul them all in. Start with Generals Bristol, Carter Ham and then proceed to that lying Martin Dempsey.

p25c on May 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I say have 1 Democrat to allow claims of bipartisanship and then make that Democrat get coffee for everyone else.

/playing by their rules

ConDem on May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

That would make it more bipartisan than Obamacare, so I don’t see how they can object…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I want to hear from the survivors of those attacks, that is if any of them are still amongst us.

D-fusit on May 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Apparently Nancy has the brass ones that many men in Congress – on both sides- don’t. To be able to express The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans without cracking her botox face is a giant effort.

katiejane on May 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I’ll take her seriously when she calls for funding of a study of botox passing through previously believed impermeable barriers such as a skull.

Pistonhead on May 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Ah yes….If only Gowdy would walk into the first hearing carrying nanzi’s colossal hammer, and gavel in the hearing with a thunderclap.

BobMbx on May 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

All these confirms what we know.
Republicans are scared of Hillary.
I’m not so sure Benghazi is the top of the most important items for Americans tight now.
What do the polls say?
Clearly a potential Clinton presidency is giving some people sleepless night.
Americans can smell this buls^$t from a mile away.

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Broke out the Sensimilla today, did you??

ToddPA on May 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Democrats can’t afford to boycott the Select Committee. All this boycott noise is just battleground preparation. It reflects their desperation, as they are obviously terrified of what the Select Committee will find and expose to the American people. So they will try to discredit the entire process before it begins, and then disrupt and obstruct to the maximum possible degree during the investigation as they have been doing all along.

It will all be for naught, and they are going to be exposed for the contemptible liars and hacks they are, and complicit in Obama and Clinton’s cover-up deception.

This could get ugly in a hurry. If Obama is sufficiently afraid of the consequences of the truth being exposed, he may absolutely refuse to cooperate. That would rapidly lead to a confrontation fought out in federal courts, perhaps while some Obama admin tools are cooling their heels in the Congressional lock-up.

novaculus on May 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Oh you mean like how the Democrats were so “fair” during the Obamacare startup? You mean like how NOT ONE Republican was allowed into the room where Obamacare details were being put together? You mean like how the Republicans were locked out? You mean like how Nanzi and her gavel weren’t shoved down Republican’s throats once this monstrosity was passed without one single Republican? You mean like how Reid tables hundreds of Republican bills then lies to the country about how Republicans have no ideas? You mean that kind of bi-partisanship?

Note to Nanzi….EFF YOU!

neyney on May 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Who does this scumhag think she is? Does she think Boehner is her biatch?

Btw, McCarthy, the wonderful prosecutor, should join Gowdy’s team.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Yes, she does think Boehner is her biatch, and she’s right. Events are getting away from him though, and he can’t guarantee her safety.

Fenris on May 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

BobMbx on May 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Great mental image… pit bull with Thor’s hammer.

SteveInRTP on May 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

All these confirms what we know.
Republicans are scared of Hillary.
I’m not so sure Benghazi is the top of the most important items for Americans tight now.
What do the polls say?
Clearly a potential Clinton presidency is giving some people sleepless night.
Americans can smell this buls^$t from a mile away.

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I see you’ve given up pretending to be a conservative. Or “concerned” about the Republicans. Or having a trace of moral integrity. Or wanting accountability from government.

The fundamental question is whether they allowed four Americans to die through sheer neglect and irresponsibility, or whether they allowed them to die to cover up what they were doing in Libya and Syria, or whether “allowed” is far too nice a word for what happened.

The remaining question is if Hillary is primarily responsible for their deaths, or if Obama is. We already know Obama is ultimately responsible as the president, but how much of a role did he have.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Don’t think for a minute the Dems don’t want on the Committee. The same way Cummings “welcomed” the IRS investigation. So he could sabotage it. Then there’s the Hillary factor–she has a straight forward approach when it comes to making documents disappear.

Browndog on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Trey should show Nazi Nan a huge over sized gavel…

oscarwilde on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Madamn Pelousy…

NOMOBO on May 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

First, I noticed a typo in the first word. Then I realized I’m unsure which way to correct it.

Rix on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Once again proving she is one of the most vile, hypocritical, lying hunks of bowel on the planet.

rjoco1 on May 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

bobs1196 on May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I disagree with pretty much everything you said.

First, I don’t ever read, nor do I care what the radical leftist Dana Millbank writes or says. Don’t care.

Second, the Republicans are always bending over backwards to temper what they say and have the appearance of fairness. None of this ever stops the Dims and the media calling them everything from Racists to Domestic Terrorists to Hostage Takers.

Third, the State-Run media is going to selectively report and twist their reporting to paint (R)’s as nothing but partisan racists on a witch-hunt ANYWAY, regardless of what concessions they make to the Dims. Like you say, “the tilt in number makes little difference.” So, there is no need to bend over for the Dims, it won’t change the reporting in the least.

And lastly, the hearings are not about dunking anything. They’re about getting to the truth about what lead to the attack, what happened during the attack, and to find out who was responsible for the Cover Up.

Meople on May 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I don’t understand. Now she gives a flying flip about it?

John the Libertarian on May 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Don’t think for a minute the Dems don’t want on the Committee. The same way Cummings “welcomed” the IRS investigation. So he could sabotage it. Then there’s the Hillary factor–she has a straight forward approach when it comes to making documents disappear.

Browndog on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Time for Sandy Burglar to come out of retirement…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

“And I just find it interesting that people’s ability to do math changes when they go from being the Speaker to the Minority Leader,” said Rep. Trey Goudy.

#BOOM

That’s a fantastic quote. LOVE it.

Let’s not forget, however, that Pelosi has never been able to do math. It’s how we got these annual deficits, close to $20 trillion in federal debt, and the Unaffordable Care Act.

#FORWARD

brentspolemics on May 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I thought the Demos had agreed to boycott.

I certainly support them in this.

Time for Sandy Burglar to come out of retirement…..

There Goes the Neighborhood

Not to mention Jamie Gorelick.

The Typhoid Mary of DC must be involved in this somewhere.

formwiz on May 6, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I agree Ed, the Dems would be foolish to not participate. They lose the ability to ask their own questions and help out struggling witnesses, not to mention they can’t spin the findings their way.

Captain Kirock on May 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Among the other points Ed makes about the implications of the Dems’ refusal to participate, wouldn’t a boycott by the minority imply loss of the opportunity for a minority report?

Barnestormer on May 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The ratio of Reps to Dems on select panel should be equal to the ratio of the makeup of the House.

supernova on May 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Pelosi is in no position to demand anything, and especially the ability to destroy the investigation by blocking votes.

leader4hru on May 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Pelosi gave Democrats nine of the fifteen seats on the House select committee on global warming in 2007.

We had a select committee on global warming? It has taken this long to get one with 4 dead Americans by way of a terrorist attack overseas. WTH?

tommer74 on May 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I mean there are consequences to elections.

What?

You mean there is actually a Republican out there with the cojones to kick a Donk in the nutsack?

Sun to go nova in 3-2-1…

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Captain Kirock on May 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Not to mention grand standing and the usual silly antics they bring to the table.

tommer74 on May 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Don’t forget Cummings!

karra on May 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Aww, concerned about the polls are you?

Don’t care what the polls say. This administration lied repeatedly to the American people, and tried to cover it up. The search for the truth should never be tied to a poll.

rightside on May 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I see you’ve given up pretending to be a conservative. Or “concerned” about the Republicans. Or having a trace of moral integrity. Or wanting accountability from government.

The fundamental question is whether they allowed four Americans to die through sheer neglect and irresponsibility, or whether they allowed them to die to cover up what they were doing in Libya and Syria, or whether “allowed” is far too nice a word for what happened.

The remaining question is if Hillary is primarily responsible for their deaths, or if Obama is. We already know Obama is ultimately responsible as the president, but how much of a role did he have.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

You can believe what you want, at the end of the day, no one will be prosecuted.
This committee presents a political opportunity for democrats.
I don’t want it.
There is no way a committee would have been setup if a potential Clinton presidency was not on the horizon.
This ‘investigation’ will disappear into the dark if Hillary were to come out and say she won’t run for president.

Benghazi is not top priority for Americans. Leave it alone.

weedisgood on May 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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