I wanted to respond to JK’s comment today with a little retrospective. JK said:
““The GOP leadership uniting and insisting on an FBI investigation “
Oh yeah. Easy now that you mention it.
I think I’ll send the editors of National Review an email. Piece o’ cake since there’s a whole two months to, git ‘er done, as they say. Maybe we can even get Trey Gowdy to head up the oversight.”
She sailed through that hearing and the Dems on the committee never wavered from their talking points: “this hearing is a right-wing witch hunt” and “this is costing the American taxpayers $4.7 million.” A few of those Dems, to include Congressman Cummings, groveled so shamelessly, that’s it’s obvious they wanted to secure enough Clinton brownie points to merit consideration for cabinet posts in her administration
She knows the Obama Justice Dept. is not going to indict her. Bill Clinton must have done some really nasty backroom brawling to get Biden to come out and make that Rose Garden speech – Obama has surrendered to the Clintons. With Biden dropping out and the GOP field kept in constant disarray by Trump, sadly, the path is clear for Hillary.
Expect the Dems and their aiders and abettors in the press to talk about the wondrous Thomas Pickering and this ARB committee (Accountability Review Board) for several days to help bury this Benghazi hearing. That committee did not keep any written or videotaped record of any of its work – there are no transcripts or video of witnesses that appeared before this committee and as you heard yesterday one member (retired Admiral Mike Mullen) tried to tamper with having a witness testify to Congress . That witness was Charlene Lamb – the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, who denied a request from the top diplomatic security officer in Libya to retain a 16-man military team for diplomat security – (http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/14/sen-boxers-latest-take-on-benghazi-mirror-mirror-who-cut-the-funding-for-diplomatic-security/comment-page-1/ ). – that’s your fair and impartial ARB Hillary and the Dems mentioned over and over and over. It is also Mullen who described that the ARB committee kept no record of its proceedings – just went off of personal notes to produce its report (pages 21-22): http://oversight.house.gov/wp-…
Every dem on that committee did what Trump has done for 10 months – repeated the same short talking points for 11 hours straight. They did not deviate. Then the media and some high-profile big name peeps did interviews to dismiss the Republicans and then the news media declared Hillary won and the polling got driven home that she “won”. You can’t break through mass media saturation. It creates a messaging wall – those talking points are what gets driven home. That is the only thing most people remember – it is mass media brainwashing! Watch any dem on TV – they repeat their talking points as often as they can and they circulate these talking points to a virtual army of media folks – TV, online, they even have hordes of them on comment threads, they were in those Excite politics message board back in 1998. The liberal media colludes to facilitate it.
You can dissect how Trey Gowdy did, but no Republicans can get their message through this wall on any issue- unless the far-left liberals and Democrats want it to get through. Any Republican could give an airtight case on anything and it will never get through this messaging wall. The Republican PACs and the other campaigns spent millions on ads, but without that mass media saturation, dominating the 24/7 news cycle, and the constant repetition of winning in the polls (I would love for some researcher to count up how many times Trump has said he is “winning in the polls” – It creates an opinion cascade – people believe he is winning, so they get behind the winner. No one rushes to get behind a “loser”, which the media repeated endlessly too – they carried Trump’s talking points non-stop.