May 13, 2013

Benghazi offers Republican attack dogs their dream scenario: their two favorite bones Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama buried together.

 Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

While President Obama’s re-purposed campaign apparatus is sending e-mails in support of his stalled agenda, Republicans are going for the jugular on Benghazi. To mix metaphors even more, they think they have the president and the former secretary of state trapped at Tora Bora and they are going in for the kill. House Speaker John Boehner is monitoring the hearings’ progress personally; Karl Rove is running attack ads; and Rand Paul is trying to launch his 2016 campaign by declaring that Hillary Clinton is unfit for further public office. Republicans, divided, disoriented and in disarray since the 2012 election, have found a familiar and unifying north star: Clinton-bashing.

While former defense secretary Robert Gates, a Republican, has defended publicly and vigorously the Obama administration’s actions at Benghazi, a development which in a by-gone era would have been enough to end the controversy, Republicans are reliving their glory days of the Rose law firm and Vince Foster’s suicide, when they also thought that had the former first lady on the ropes. For more than two decades, the Republicans have been “looking for that pony” in what they see as all the misdeeds of Hillary Clinton. They will be foiled again.