Sometimes when Congressional Republicans reveal themselves as the hypocrites they are, it makes me very angry. Other times the hypocrisy is so brazen, so nakedly transparent that I have no other choice but to laugh so hard I simultaneously cry, and wet myself. When Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) took to the media to declare that liberals were trying to “exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda” by bringing up the fact that climate change could possibly have something to do with the inordinate number of super-storms and weather events we’ve seen in recent months and years, this was a time for the laughs to roll and roll and roll, and these five quotes are why the laughs will continue forever and ever.
#5. Worst. Scandal.Ever.
Benghazi. Or is it Ben Gozzi? Anyway, the chew toy that Republicans just can’t get rid of the tragedy that befell a U.S. consular building (or was it a CIA outpost?) in Libya back on September 11th, 2012. Though they can’t figure out what the scandal exactly is, or how to best exploit the tragedy, that hasn’t stopped them from holiding hearing after hearing, and attempting to exploit it time after time in the media. The most famous of Inhofe’s quotes about Benghazi was that, “Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, the Iran-Contra, Watergate and all the rest of them — this … is going to go down as the most serious, the most egregious cover-up in American history.”
Because you know, the 13 embassy attacks during Bush Jr.’s watch weren’t a big deal, and clearly when a president breaks the law to sell embargoed weapons to terrorists to turn around and use the money to fund an anti-communist illegal war is way better than changing Sunday morning talk show talking points, right?
#4. You Mean “Idiot” Right?
It’s totally not exploiting a tragedy to try and get your top political adversary thrown out of office, right Senator Inhofe?
“People may be starting to use the I-word before too long.”
#3. And Your Proof Is…?
You know how you can tell that someone is exploiting a tragedy? When they have no evidence of anything they’re saying but they say it with all the righteous indignation of a preacher at the pulpit on Sunday. Like when Inhofe said, “It is clear to me that there is still a cover-up going on with what truly happened to our four Americans in Benghazi, and why our intelligence prior to the attacks and then our immediate response was so poor.”
#2. Who’s “We” And How Did You Know?
Again with the fervent insistence of something about which there’s no evidence…
“We knew at the time that this was a cover up. My fear was that people would forget about it, and of course, that’s why I’ve been kind of rejoicing that they are bringing it up now, even though the networks aren’t not.”
#1. Repeat #5 Ad Naseum
That first quote really was worth taking another look at, wasn’t it? If ever you want definitive proof of someone exploiting a tragedy for political motives, it’s Inhofe’s idiotic assertion that Benghazi is a bigger scandal than Iran Contra or Watergate. In the latter, there was direct proof that the man who sat in the highest office of the land was using his vast resources to squash his political enemies. With Iran Contra we had a president openly defying Congress and our Constitution to start an illegal war of choice. To think for five seconds that Benghazi even sniffs the cork of presidential scandals is ludicrous and proof that Inhofe’s tin foil hat is on way too tightly.
“Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, the Iran-Contra, Watergate and all the rest of them — this … is going to go down as the most serious, the most egregious cover-up in American history.”