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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The editors of Politico magazine asked me to write about l’affaire Blumenthal and posted my article late yesterday evening. Having explored the shortcomings of the original New York Times article here earlier, I took this opportunity to discuss both my well-informed view of Sidney Blumenthal and the continuing abuse of authority by the House Select Committee on Benghazi – which is increasingly reminiscent of the pointless, endless probes of Whitewater by congressional Republicans two decades ago.

Today James Fallows, distinguished correspondent of The Atlantic, delivered his own verdict on the Blumenthal frenzy – which, despite his measured, thoughtful tone, shows he is losing patience with all this nonsense.

Long among the smartest, most respected journalists in the business, Jim begins with a riff on the passing of the lamented David Carr, and goes on to write:

Like David Carr, like me, like all of us, Sidney Blumenthal has his flaws. Even more than Carr or me, he has not cared about making enemies. But the way in which his name has become a shorthand for “something we don’t like about the Clintons,” or “something we don’t like about politics,” or simply “something we don’t like about Sid” is out of control, and really unfair. Even the steadfast loyalty to friends-and-institutions that was celebrated as one more virtue in David Carr’s case is one more count against Sidney Blumenthal.

His assessment is well worth reading in full.

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  • charleo1

    The, “scandal,” that must be parenthesized has become the stock and trade of the GOP. At least since the fall of Nixon. And certainly more so, since the spectacular failures of the Bush-Cheney Administration. The attempt being not so much to defend themselves, and their Presidents, and policies. But rather thru innuendo, puffery, and coordination to create an ongoing narrative that Government is bad. That all politicians are usually lying scoundrels that can’t be trusted. But that the Democrats are exceedingly worse in all of this. And here, the latest investigation, (there’s always a latest investigation,) or this newest revelation (always one of those too!) That supposedly, “has the entire Country outraged,” is all the proof that is needed they’ll claim, that Democrats can’t lead, can’t budget, can’t protect the Country, and worse, aren’t really a legitimate political Party at all. As Limbaugh dramatically alluded to with his, “America held hostage!” At the opening of each of his wacko radio shows during the Clinton years. This, as 22 million private sector jobs were being created, budgets balanced, welfare reformed. And America, and Americans, were enjoying the longest sustained period of growth in real wages, growth in investment, lower taxes, lower interest rates, and inflation, with economic expansion, and the largest decreases in the poverty rate in a time of peace, in the Country’s history. But the Democrat just had to go. So a Republican run Congress impeached. Not for illegal break-ins and cover ups. Or illegally funding Contra Rebels and trading arms for hostages, not at all. Or, intentionally outing a covert CIA Operative out of spite, and bald faced lying to the Country about it for months? Not even close. After thousands of hours of constant investigations, a special prosecutor, dozens of lawyers, and Congressmen laboring years. And hundreds of millions of tax dollars squandered in the effort. William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President Of the United States, was impeached for having an affair while in office, and then trying to hide the truth about it, so his wife wouldn’t find out. This is what success looks like, as George W. Bush was elected the next POTUS.

  • geraldhoey

    Republicans are desperate. They don’t have a viable candidate among the clowns, so they have to hope they can invent enough fake scandals to damage Hillary Clinton. This is just like the Whitewater investigations. Millions spent and nothing found to prove their case.

    • Daniel Max Ketter

      Hilliary will be victorious! I can’t think of one ru-pub that can even come close, not one.

  • Whatmeworry

    Yep using lay for personal gain is common in the Dem word of ethics

    • Daniel Max Ketter

      Us democrats are the only ones who follow ethics. Republicans only serve the top wealthy who don’t pay their share of taxes. If it weren’t for organized labor, the conservatives would be stealing everything.

  • Yep using lay for personal gain is common in the Repub word of ethics