Pelosi appoints 5 House Dems to Benghazi select committee

posted at 2:01 pm on May 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, The Hill reported that Nancy Pelosi was ready to concede on the Benghazi select committee, and it didn’t take long for her to do so:

The only surprise is that it took this long to decide. Pelosi had begun to lean in the direction of participating in the select committee on Benghazi, if for no other reason than to keep from getting left behind in the narrative. Instead of just appointing one troublemaker, though, she’ll fill all five slots:

The following Democratic Members will serve on the Select Committee on Benghazi:

  • Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
  • Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee
  • Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

Note that Alan Grayson is not among the group. There had been some suggestion to send only Grayson to provide a clown show to generate mocking press, but this looks a little more serious on Pelosi’s part. The appointment of Duckworth in particular is a deft touch, while Cummings has proven himself as a man who can reliably distract attention when needed.

The Hill’s Mike Lillis explained the thinking earlier:

But a senior Democratic aide said Wednesday that, while the decision is not final, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “is now leaning toward appointing a full complement of Members to the Select Committee on Benghazi.”

Pelosi met with Democratic leaders Wednesday morning, and a second meeting is “likely” later in the day, to update lawmakers on the negotiations between Pelosi’s office and that of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the aide said.

Pelosi met briefly with Boehner to discuss the Benghazi panel on Tuesday afternoon, and staff was continuing the discussion Wednesday morning. …

“Talks between Pelosi and Boehner staff continue this morning on remaining items Democrats are asking for to ensure fairness, transparency and balance with respect to the committee’s proceedings and operations,” the Democratic aide said. “To reiterate, no decision has been made.”

The delay in the decision came from Pelosi’s desire to twist arms on committee rules for Democratic participation. That presumed that Republicans are desperate to have Democrats take part in the select committee for reasons of credibility and respectability. Supposedly, that would force Boehner and chair Trey Gowdy to allow the minority to have more control over the direction of the committee’s work, and to get equal power and authority — both of which Pelosi refused in her own 2007 select committee on global warming.

However, this strategy rested on a false premise. For Republicans, credibility won’t rest on the actual participation of Democrats as much as it does providing them with the standard access given to the minority side in any select-committee investigation. There’s nothing about the Benghazi probe that makes balanced participation more necessary than, say, the Senate’s select Watergate committee, which had a 4-3 split. Similarly, the select committees on Iran-Contra were split 6-5 in the Senate and 8-7 in the House, all favoring Democrats. All Republicans have to do is offer the opportunity to participate in order to maintain process credibility; they can’t be responsible if Democrats are too petulant to join.

Besides, the VA scandal and the parallels to White House inaction are rapidly eroding the outrageous-outrage claims of Democrats who argue that the Benghazi probe is just about politics. The more that Barack Obama’s statements and (in)action on the VA follow the same pattern as Benghazi, IRS, and other scandals, the more it looks like Democrats are the ones playing politics with the deaths of Americans. That, plus losing control of the narrative, make it far more incumbent on Pelosi to participate than for Boehner to bend over backwards to accommodate her demands.


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Dems playing politics? No…

sandee on May 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Ohhhhh…. Poor little ALan Grayson didn’t make the cut.

Texas Zombie on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

■Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
■Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee
■Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
■Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)
■Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

The Five Stooges.

Bitter Clinger on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Does this mean CNN will cover the hearings?

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

So….. Will CNN report on this?

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

A business opportunity lost. Between Cummings and Grayson, they could have been selling show tickets.

Rix on May 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Cummings has been obstructing the IRS hearings, where he is proving to be complicit! Yeah, he’ll help Gowdy a lot.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

So Grayson won’t be beating the wives of the Republican committee members?

NotCoach on May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

■_______________, Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

■_____________, Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee

■_____________, Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

■_______________, Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)

■_________________, Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

 
Take the names away, look at the positions, and consider how little we already know.
 
That’s amazing, isn’t it?

rogerb on May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Looking at the committees these dems work on, you’ d think they would be members who should be questioned about Bengazi. Isn’t it part of their jobs to see a situation like Benghazi doesn’t happen in the first place?

31giddyup on May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I’m all for them having members of the committee but granting equal powers? No!

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Madame Moron.
I laughed when I saw e cummings listed. But then, his inclusion is not totally inappropriate. Nonetheless, he’ll provide plenty of ammo for hot airians to mock.

Let’s roll. Get this party started. Expose this administration…yet again.

freedomfirst on May 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Elijah Cummings? I thought he was going to jail on the IRS scandal.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Aww Grayson must be so disappointed. Now they’ll be missing the muzzie PC one…they’ve covered all the other PC rats.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Talk about a who’s who of Dem jerk-offs.

rjoco1 on May 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

OT! Very Important!

http://tinyurl.com/nqpk5yu

Scrumpy on May 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

For the love of all that’s decent, couldn’t we find a screencap of the back of her head?

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The appointment of Duckworth in particular is a deft touch

She’s been hammering obama on the VADeathPanelsforBonusesgate.

while Cummings has proven himself as a man who can reliably distract attention when needed.

His last moment in the sun went under during the Benghazi hearings.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

We knew they were going to participate in the hearings. It would have been stupid to not do it. Now they can help frame the issue in their own deceiving way.

Captain Kirock on May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Isn’t there a conflict having Cummings on this committee?

neyney on May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Report all here

VAoversight.org

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Isn’t there a conflict having Cummings on this committee? I sure hope Gowdy is able to stop this bunch from speechafyin.

neyney on May 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Link

http://vaoversight.org/

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Cummings is a clown, but the others, especially Duckworth, are serious people. Should be interesting.

Nessuno on May 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

You get one right now and then mofo. Congrats.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

It is so hard to get children to behave.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

“Elijah E. Cummings”…wow, didn’t see that coming.

higgins1991 on May 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Nice hairdo on Pelosi, just like Medusa.

50sGuy on May 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It figures with Cummings…… he’ll be just as bad with gowdy as he us with issa

Showboat blowhard

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Trey Gowdy has a helluva babysitting job with this crew.

Harbingeing on May 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Please tell me boehner didn’t kowtow to pelosi requests….. have a little cajones johnny

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

As far as I’m concerned, these crimes have been committed solely by the Democrats. Having a democrats on the panel is like having the mob sit in for the jury during the Gotti trial.

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

She looked surprised at her own choices.

TedInATL on May 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

It figures with Cummings…… he’ll be just as bad with gowdy as he us with issa

Showboat blowhard

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Gowdy won’t suffer a fool like Cummings gladly, like Issa did.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

She looked surprised at her own choices.

TedInATL on May 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

She looks like everdiso’s blow up doll with a leak.

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I hope so del but you know the lsm will have Cummings back if gowdy is too mean towards him…. race will be brought up, natch

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Duckworth is a Dem human shield, and yes, I’m aware of her injuries.

She’s going to be used to lean on the military peeps about “realistic expectations”, and they’re betting they won’t push back.

Her and Smith are the silent hammers. Go full-in with the Repubs, and they’ll crack you via the Armed Services Co.

budfox on May 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

She looks like everdiso’s blow up doll with a leak.

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

lol!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I’m sure they’re there to obfuscate.

crankyoldlady on May 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Unless I read this incorrectly, she hadn’t named anyone to the committee, only named those she would plan to appoint if she does so — she’s still in “negotiations” about the rules. Sounds like she’s looking for some leverage in those negotiations, dangling not only participation but the names of those she’d put on IF there is agreement.

Which could explain Grayson’s absence and Duckworth’s presences. It’s Pelosi saying, “See, if you give us something on the rules side, I’ll give you Duckworth instead of Grayson.” Or something like that.

That way she can say she “got something” in the rules battle.

I’d wait until the committee gathers for its first meeting to see the shape of this thing.

IndieDogg on May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Does this mean CNN will cover the hearings?

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I can read for myself, don’t need no stinkin CNN monitors reading to me.

Willys on May 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Pelosi ‘shamed’ into assigning 5 road-blocks?

Q to Zucker (CNN Chief): And will it cover the special committee hearings by House Republicans to probe the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack? Zucker told Carter he didn’t know yet.

“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

socalcon on May 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I don’t see Gowdy letting that happen (No disrespect to Issa)..:)

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on May 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

She’s going to be used to lean on the military peeps about “realistic expectations”, and they’re betting they won’t push back.

Her and Smith are the silent hammers. Go full-in with the Repubs, and they’ll crack you via the Armed Services Co.

budfox on May 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The military cooperation has been pretty good to this point. They’ve got lots of testimony on the record. It’s the White House and State Department is where most of the focus needs to be. Does Armed Services hold sway over State? I really don’t know.

WisRich on May 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

IndieDogg on May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Looks like it’s done to me.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I hope so del but you know the lsm will have Cummings back if gowdy is too mean towards him…. race will be brought up, natch

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

By “too mean” you really mean if Cummings opts to play the victim.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)

Is this the racist that hates Asians?

jukin3 on May 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Howdy DS :)

Good times

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Yup HN

You know it

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Piglosi was never not going to appoint members to that Committee. She had to have members on there to obstruct the procedure.

Everything is unraveling right before their own eyes.

De Oppresso Liber on May 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

That was a bizarre press conference by Pelosi.

Treating this as damage control instead of truth seeking is gonna backfire.

can_con on May 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

CurtZHP, haven’t told you, though I’ve been meaning to – your comments are a riot. Thank you so for the laughs.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I’ve never seen a press conference by Pelosi that wasn’t bizarre.

If I met her on the street, I’d assume drug addict, mental defective or stroke victim.

Tard on May 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I hope so del but you know the lsm will have Cummings back if gowdy is too mean towards him…. race will be brought up, natch

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

By “too mean” you really mean if Cummings opts to play the victim.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Isn’t that all he knows?

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Does this mean CNN will cover the hearings?

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

In a word, NO!

There’s still a missing plane out there, and they’re going to solve that mystery first.

But they are interviewing an unemployed reporter named Ben Gazzi tomorrow, since he seems to be getting a lot of press lately.

ZeusGoose on May 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thanks, man. I still chuckle when I think of that time you called the media “coyotes in heat.”

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Elijah is the stooge, the fall guy. (Who wants that job?)

Duckworth is the most overrated member of the entire Democratic caucus. I don’t care at all about her disabilities, her heroism, etc. She has sold those out a hundred times over.

Linda Sanchez? Gimme a break. She will devote less time to this effort than she and her sister combined devote to the next Chippendale dancers’ next revue.

Esaus Message on May 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Here’s the catch-22 for the Dims:

1) The elections are coming, and it doesn’t look too swell for the Dim rank & file. Treat Benghazi as a joke and hard evidence surfaces (like, yeah, wasn’t the FOIA find enough?), and get punished at the voting booths.

2) Dims play along in the hopes that the outcome is, at best, inconclusive. Treat the matter as serious, and say “Well, we did our part and look at the time we wasted!” Maybe get a brownie point or two for “trying.” Note, however, they still have to address I.R.S. scandal, et al, to restore any credibility with the voters… and time is running out.

Good luck Dims.

Turtle317 on May 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Elijah E. Cummings, eh?

Obviously, this is a much bigger deal than Pelosi is letting on.

Willys on May 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Isn’t there a conflict having Cummings on this committee?

neyney on May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Given the Democrats intent on the committee is to continue to assist the Administration with the obfuscation, misdirection, lies, pontifications, and projection – Cummings’ participation was a given. He’ll not only work behind the scenes to disrupt and deflect a proper investigation of the Administration’s incompetence, malfeasance, and mendacity, but he’ll readily play the race card to demonstrate that the only reason there’s a select committee is because Obama is the first African-American President.

Athos on May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

It figures with Cummings…… he’ll be just as bad with gowdy as he us with issa

Showboat blowhard

cmsinaz on May 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Gowdy won’t suffer a fool like Cummings gladly, like Issa did.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Amen, brother. C-SPAN is about to get very interesting again. Cummings doesn’t have a clue how to play real-time, live hardball. Gowdy will be giving lessons, though…

DublOh7 on May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

This Select Committee has shaken these House Dems up more than I expected.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Obviously, this is a much bigger deal than Pelosi is letting on.

Willys on May 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

I wish Cumming good luck in “rolling” Gowdy..Gowdy will make him look like a fool..:)

Dire Straits on May 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

For the love of all that’s decent, couldn’t we find a screencap of the back of her head?

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Personally, I love this “Who shoved that pickle up my heinie?!!” picture of Madame Polosi.

Dolce Far Niente on May 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

So, Cummings, and one of the “Dirty” Sanchez Sisters??

ToddPA on May 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Duckworth is a good call.

LASue on May 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

For the love of all that’s decent, couldn’t we find a screencap of the back of her head?

CurtZHP on May 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Why, all you would see is a hole thru to the front…

ToddPA on May 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Duckworth is a good call.

LASue on May 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Not a decoy?

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Kim Jong IlPelosi: Now you see, the changing of the worrd is inevitabre!
Lisa: I’m sorry, it’s what?
Kim Jong IlPelosi: Inevit, inevitabre.
Lisa: One more time.
Kim Jong IlPelosi: (shouts) Inevitabre! Things are inevitabrey going to change! Goddamnit, open your f**king ears!

faol on May 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Sounds like she’s looking for some leverage in those negotiations, dangling not only participation but the names of those she’d put on IF there is agreement.

Which could explain Grayson’s absence and Duckworth’s presences. It’s Pelosi saying, “See, if you give us something on the rules side, I’ll give you Duckworth instead of Grayson.” Or something like that.

IndieDogg on May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

But the detriment to the Republicans of having Grayson on the committee is minimal. If Boehner could negotiate well (and I have my doubts about that), he could respond, “Nancy, we’d be pleased to have Tammy Duckworth on the committee, but it is up to you which five Democrats are on the committee. If you want her on the committee, you should appoint her. In fact, now that you have said publicly you would appoint her, I think your constituents who are women, Asian-Americans, or disabled veterans are going to be disappointed if you don’t appoint her. We’re going to keep the committee rules as they are and let you choose whichever five Democrats you want on the committee — we’re not going to try to influence you to have you select the Democrats we prefer.”

J.S.K. on May 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Duckworth is the only legitimate one..

the rest aren’t qualified to do anything more than scrape
gum off of toilet seats…

ToddPA on May 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Gowdy won’t suffer a fool like Cummings gladly, like Issa did.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

:) 16 years of successful prosecution, with death threats, just like he’s now getting. His take “so long as they’re not coming from my wife, I’m good”.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Now that the issue of Dem participation on the committee is settled, let the hearings begin! When will Hillary Clinton get a subpoena to testify?

Steve Z on May 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Duckworth is the only legitimate one..

ToddPA on May 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

She, a double amputee, has been on obama, hard, over the VA Death Panels for Bonuses.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Choomerica, Choomerica,
God wasted his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with evilhood
From she to shining she.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

So Sheila Jackson Lee missed the cut?

/crushed

Ward Cleaver on May 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Choomerica, Choomerica,
God wasted his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with evilhood
From she to shining she.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“God blast America…”

Ward Cleaver on May 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Because of that picture hotair keeps using of that withered up hag I’ve had to get rid of the bottom feeding loaches in my aquarium. Every time I see them I think of that picture and it makes my skin crawl.

Thanks to HotAir, the bottom feeders are now part of the ecosystem on my acreage, as I dropped them into the pond (2 acre pond, they’ll be fine).

Diluculo on May 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

You mean we won’t get to see 50 Shades of Grayson in the near future?

Maybe his marital life will make the headlines again to distract from the committee. A misplaced Wiener maybe.

ajacksonian on May 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Was a start date to the hearings ever declared by the Republicans after announcing their members to this Select Committee? Has one been announced in the weeks since? If the House Republican leadership WANTED to put the screws to the Statists (force their hand), this should have already been done. No doubt, Boehner has asked Pelosi to check her calendar and let him know what day is convenient for her and her ilk.

HiramRevels on May 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

She’s starting to look like one of those blow-up dolls from the area she represents.

NoPain on May 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

…every one of them is a criminal!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Did any of these Pelosi robots vote FOR the investigative committee? If NO, then one has to doubt their sincerity toward getting a fair answer to the questions.

gonnjos on May 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Can serial ethics violator Cummings be on this committee? I don’t think he could get top secret clearance.

hurricane567 on May 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Barky and Slick Clintoon couldn’t get security clearances either.

Their only route to access was their fools who vote.

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Schiff and Smith aren’t idiots.

Cummings and Chavez are.

I know Duckworth’s bio, but am not familiar enough with her to render an opinion. The “D” after her name doesn’t bode well, though.

So that’s two to sound serious, two to turn it into a circus – I hope Gowdy will shut down any speechifying and restrict members to questions only. That alone will make Cummings’ head explode.

Adjoran on May 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Looks like it’s done to me.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Looks that way. Pardon my parsing her words and a bit of Nancy Paranoia. Can’t help but look behind everything she says.

IndieDogg on May 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

IndieDogg on May 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I understand fully!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Schiff and Smith aren’t idiots.

Cummings and Chavez are.

I know Duckworth’s bio, but am not familiar enough with her to render an opinion. The “D” after her name doesn’t bode well, though.

So that’s two to sound serious, two to turn it into a circus – I hope Gowdy will shut down any speechifying and restrict members to questions only. That alone will make Cummings’ head explode.

Adjoran on May 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Duckworth was put on the team because she has that “Absolute Moral Authority” that the Democratics love to shove in your face every chance they get.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

“Talks between Pelosi and Boehner staff continue this morning on remaining items Democrats are asking for to ensure fairness, transparency and balance with respect to the committee’s proceedings and operations,” the Democratic aide said. “To reiterate, no decision has been made.”

Soooo….now that a decision has been made, does this mean the democrats believe there will be fairness, transparency and balance with respect to the committee’s proceedings and operations?

Of course not. Every single word uttered by them will say exactly the opposite. The low info voters need to be kept in the dark, and the only way to do that is for the lsm to have daily soundbites denouncing republicans, regardless of what actually happens.

runawayyyy on May 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Surrender

Surrender

But don’t give yourself away, away, awaaaay.

Esaus Message on May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

It took a lot of shameful dishonesty for Pelosi to insist on equal committee numbers when she herself did not grant equal numbers when she was Speaker.

Hypocrite seems quaint and inadequate when describing Nancy Pelosi.

Perspicacious on May 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Cummings has been obstructing the IRS hearings, where he is proving to be complicit! Yeah, he’ll help Gowdy a lot.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

He’s certainly going to try to be unhelpful.

I don’t think it will work as well on Gowdy, though.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Given the Democrats intent on the committee is to continue to assist the Administration with the obfuscation, misdirection, lies, pontifications, and projection – Cummings’ participation was a given. He’ll not only work behind the scenes to disrupt and deflect a proper investigation of the Administration’s incompetence, malfeasance, and mendacity, but he’ll readily play the race card to demonstrate that the only reason there’s a select committee is because Obama is the first African-American President.

Athos on May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Very true. As ugly as it sounds, as long as Democrats can take the black vote for granted, and as long as Republicans are afraid of being called racists — effectively, for the foreseeable future — the race card will be deployed whenever Democrats are in trouble.

The housing bubble that burst at the end of the Bush 43 administration was because all the attempts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before disaster struck were derailed by the Congressional Black Caucus collectively playing the race card, and accusing the Republicans of just wanting to take home ownership away from black people.

And the disastrous economy we’ve had ever since hurt those same black families far worse than the reform ever would have.

I’m just glad it’s Gowdy who’s chairing the committee.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I wish Cummings good luck in “rolling” Gowdy..Gowdy will make him look like a fool..:)

Dire Straits on May 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I call him the Magic 8 Ball. His head looks like one and he’s nearly as entertaining, if not quite as useful.

trigon on May 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Supposedly, that would force Boehner and chair Trey Gowdy to allow the minority to have more control over the direction of the committee’s work, and to get equal power and authority — both of which Pelosi refused in her own 2007 select committee on global warming.

Hope Boehner grew a set and told Pelosi to go pound sand.

“Elections have consequences. That’s why you are no longer Speaker of the House.”

GarandFan on May 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

eeesh… bride of Frankenstein…

Akzed on May 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

That’s 5 more than were sent to assist at Benghazi.

virgo on May 22, 2014 at 12:42 AM

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