The Benghazi tragedy has been investigated by Congress now seven times and nothing has emerged to implicate the Obama administration of wrong doing, so the GOP is going for eight, hoping that's their lucky number.
After all, more than 50 House votes to repeal Obamacare worked wonders for them.
House Speaker John Boehner is impanelling a "House select committee" to again investigate the tragic deaths of four Americans at the diplomatic outpost in the remote Libyan city of Benghazi. He cites a new e-mail from a White House staffer that does nothing more than confirm already known facts as the reason for the new inquisition.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Republicans with non-stop help of Fox News and an army of right wing radio and print pundits, insist the White House is covering something up.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering who, along with retired Admiral Mike Mullen, led a months-long independent inquiry into Benghazi by the Accountability Review Board, famously said after the ARB delivered its report early last year, "I think the notion of a quote, cover up, has all the elements of Pulitzer Prize fiction attached to it."
Pickering doesn't understand right wingers will settle for fiction, Pulitzer Prize or not, if the facts won't support their claims.
So now, with elections approaching, Boehner wants to shift voter focus to anything other than the dismal performance of the House of Representatives he leads. And if that diversion can smear 2016's likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, even better as far as Boehner and his Republican contingent are concerned.
Democrats are talking about boycotting the latest GOP kangaroo court. But I sincerely hope Hillary appears before Rep. Trey Gowdy's committee. The rabid anti-Obama South Carolina tea partier was tasked by Boehner to lead the "impartial" House inquiry, the real goal of which is to produce video for Fox News and Republicans on the panel.
Expect all kinds of histrionics if not hysterics; angry finger pointing, baseless accusations, and impotent outrage that will be presented on the "fair and balanced" Fox network and edited into GOP campaign ads next fall.
And it's going to backfire. Big time.
The well rested Hillary will let the Republicans hoist themselves on their own petards. She'll calmly repeat what she told Congress last year and watch their fury as they try to trip her up, bait her into some kind of emotional response, or get her to say something they can use out of context.
Hillary is just so much smarter than any GOP hack Boehner selects and she's coached by one of the best politicians in American history. I expect some very deft verbal ju jitsu from her.
Meantime, women of all political stripes will sympathetically watch hostile male Republicans try to brow beat, abuse and disrespect this very accomplished woman, a former First Lady, United States Senator and Secretary of State, and wonder why the GOP expects their votes.