In a two-party political system one party checks the other—whether on ideology or abuse of power.
Here’s a non sequitur for you: Kevin McCarthy said something blatantly political about Hillary Clinton the other day, therefore Hillary Clinton is innocent of all wrongdoing going back to 2010.
This logical fallacy also happens to be the Democratic Party’s positon on the Select Committee on Benghazi. As you may have heard, McCarthy, majority leader and probable future Speaker of the House, went on Sean Hannity’s television show and said this:
Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.
Set all press releases to outrage. And prepare to be subjected to one of the most annoying sub-genres of D.C. political theater—that thing where everyone pretends to be shocked when we learn that politicians care about politics.
McCarthy’s comments, we’re told, were a pristine example of a Kinsley gaffe. Republicans inadvertently slipped and let everyone know their true motivation: painting Hillary Clinton as “untrustable.” (As if this contention was somehow outlandish or hidden by anyone.) Vox contends McCarthy’s politicking corrodes the credibility of government—not Hillary’s private servers, not the access she may have traded while employed by the state, not the fact that two American diplomats and two CIA employees were murdered under her watch, or that as secretary of State she may have misled the country about that event, but that the investigating committee, like every committee before it, is helmed by partisans.
Anyway, “The Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation has long appeared partisan,” Vox informs us. Which is true.