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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gail Collins, "Democrats at the Deep End": No Mention of Benghazi

Do you remember the 1972 presidential election when President Nixon was opposed by Democrat George McGovern? I do. I still have a McGovern campaign button tucked away somewhere in my closet. But more to the point, I never understood why the Nixon administration ordered the Watergate break-in. It was clear to all that Nixon was going to win by a landslide, and he had nothing to gain from breaking into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters. Perhaps the operation appealed to Nixon's paranoia.

Today, I find myself wondering why the Obama administration sought, over the better part of a month, to falsify what occurred at the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11. As I observed in this blog on September 12 (see:, the deadly attack was obviously premeditated. So why did the Obama administration deem it necessary to blame the attack on a "spontaneous" demonstration in response to a ridiculous video? Was this attempt to mischaracterize the events in Benghazi part of an effort to buttress the argument that Obama had long since brought al-Qaeda to heel when he blew away Osama bin Laden? Was someone trying to salve Obama's enormous ego?

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, in stealth mode, "has made no public mention of the attack or investigation since Oct. 3" (

Yes, the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi is a major scandal.

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Democrats at the Deep End" (, Gail Collins makes light of Obama's recent decline in nationwide polling:

"Things haven’t really gone off the deep end for the Obama campaign. They’ve gone back to normal. You knew that the Obama-is-going-to-win-by-10-points euphoria wasn’t going to last. When did anybody ever win a presidential race by 10 points? Don’t tell me about Ronald Reagan. When Ronald Reagan was president, gas was 90 cents a gallon and I was writing on a Kaypro.

Maybe Democrats should try to be more like the Republicans, and reduce stress by blaming all bad news on incorrect information, cooked up by cabals of political partisans."

Sorry, Gail, but the only incorrect information concerning the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was cooked up by senior Obama administration officials.


  1. For the sake of Obama and the DNC, Debbie "I never said that" Wasserman-Schultz is the one who should be hidden away from the media. Here, she's arguing with CNN's Piers Morgan that wrong statements about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi doesn't mean they were false.!

  2. This Benghazi thing looks ugly:
    - attack on American embassy
    - murder of American diplomats
    - under staffing the embassy on the principle "the revolution was successful and there will be peace in the world forever and ever" or for any other idiotic reason
    - Obama's initial performance - in a way to a degree rationalizing tragedy
    - lying, etc.