ELDR PATRIOT| It seems the powerbrokers of the Republican Party are content pushing the status quo despite poll numbers that indicate a complete rejection by the voters of the way things currently are. Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner’s second in command and the man presumed to be his successor, has so far indicated that he’s far more like the deposed Speaker than he is different.
During his tenure as Speaker, Boehner did little to preserve even a vestige of conservatism consistently forcing his party’s members to approve spending increases in support of President Obama’s agenda. He was, however, quick to take credit for holding meaningless “show” votes that his membership would later use to tout their “conservative credentials” while campaigning for re-election.
The voters have caught on but McCarthy is still mired using Boehner’s playbook. While discussing the House Select Committee on Benghazi with Sean Hannity McCarthy commented: 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.”
There’s so much wrong with this statement that the Speaker-in-waiting should be publicly pilloried for having uttered it.
McCarthy’s words suggest that the purpose of the Benghazi investigation was to politically harm Hillary Clinton. This would be as illegal as Obama’s use of the IRS to harass and discourage contributors to conservative causes and opens the door for an investigation into the Republican controlled congress.
His suggestion damages the Republicans’ electoral chances by lending credence to Mrs. Clinton’s consistent claims of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that has been out to get her since she first came to Washington. Voters who have been wavering on abandoning their support of Mrs. Clinton may now “dig in” because of frustration over the Republican alternative.
Mr. McCarthy also gives his committee and himself way too much credit. The House Benghazi Select Committee has done some great work under the direction of Rep. Trey Gowdy but he is navigating slowly and deliberately because he cares about building a solid case for justice – wherever that takes him – than about political grandstanding. The real credit for the vast majority of information that is currently out there pushing public opinion has been the result of the work of Judicial Watch, a private organization that’s been diligently making freedom of information filings in the appropriate federal courts.
Someone please tell Kevin McCarthy to follow John Boehner’s lead and get out of the way so that we can see what strong conservative leadership can do to reverse the Progressive agenda, instead of funding it with our children’s I.O.U.’s.