The right political move would be for Democrats not to send anyone to be on the “Benghazi! ’til 2017” Panel, but let’s be realistic: that’s not going to happen. Five slots means five people–five politicians!–not getting what one would imagine would be some national television exposure, at least at first. And, to reiterate, we’re talking about politicians here. Just not going to happen. No way.

So the next-best option would be for Minority Leader Pelosi to pick the five most partisan, aggressive, left-wing Democrats in the House to be on the committee, and tell ’em to be as rowdy and disruptive as possible. Interrupt, question everyone’s facts and motives, dismiss Republican assumptions as ridiculous. Republicans have been putting on the sober face since the announcement of this committee, being very careful to sensitively phrase what is essentially a fanatical and heavily political witchhunt as a sober examination to get “just the facts” and such. It seems extremely unlikely that this attitude would last long in the face of Democrats treating the thing as the farce that it is, challenging the assumptions and aims of the panel, and the whole thing would undoubtedly become the sort of political-theater fiasco that people just tune out. And after interest dwindles, just have all the Democrats resign from the panel and make it even more of a circus. This sort of thing could obviously backfire but I think it’s better than picking five Alan Colmeses to blandly dispute all this junk (which, let’s be honest, is probably what we’re going to get). There is the possibility here of putting the shoe on the other foot at least.

Anyway, off the top of my head, I think Raul Grijalva, Henry Waxman, Barbara Lee, and Alan Grayson would be obvious choices. Who would be the fifth? It continues to be a shame that Barney Frank is out of Congress, though probably the first time I wish Dennis Kucinich were still in the House.

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