You know those beloved moments in movies when the hero says what the audience is thinking and the crowd goes wild? If this was a movie and if I stood in for a crowd, I would stand up and cheer for this man.
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) unloaded, first sarcastically: “Let’s just hang the guilty parties.”
“The stench of hypocrisy that hangs over this city today emanates from this room,” Ackerman said. “I’ve listened to my colleagues talk about the President of the United States and others in the administration using [the] terms ‘deliberate’, ‘lies’, ‘unmitigated gall’, ‘malfeasance,’ which is malicious and knowing evil-doing, ‘disgust’, ‘coverups’.”
He continued, “If you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror!”
Ackerman went on to say that Republicans had “the audacity to come here” when the administration requested, for worldwide security, “$440 million more than you guys wanted to provide. And the answer is that you damn didn’t provide it! You REDUCED what the administration asked for to protect these people. Ask not who the guilty party is, it’s you! It is us. It is this committee, and the things that we insist that we need have to cost money.”
Maybe my borough roots are showing but I have to give some love to Queens boy Ackerman. Typical New York candor (the good kind) on display in the video snippet I watched on Martin Bashir Live. He didn’t mince words when it comes to recent attempts to muck up the electorate’s good will with this witch hunt focused on Benghazi. There were definitely hints from conservative media pundits that they would switch the plan of attack on POTUS from winning the election to pushing for impeachment.
I understand the gravity of what happened in Benghazi and the tragic loss of lives. I don’t think that warrants spinning this into a partisan issue simply to scapegoat Obama. It mars the dignity of the GOP and conservatives; it sullies the memory of those who died to be used as the call to arms. There is a way to investigate the circumstances of the attack, assess the current threat and proceed as needed to protect Americans. Wonder how long it will take for Congress and Washington to figure that out.