Like Watergate?

I’m beginning to hear rumblings of “just like Watergate” in discussions of both the Benghazi and IRS v. Tea Party stories.

Really? Watergate, after all, was only a third-rate burglary according the administration in the White House at the time.

I suppose that having a body count has kept the White House from pooh-poohing the attack on the consulate as merely a “third-world mugging,” but the IRS story is already being pitched as overzealous low-level workers exceeding their authority.

Ah, what difference, at this point, does it make?

When They’ve Lost the BBC …

… the Administration is in a heap of trouble. Here’s what Mark Mardell, the Beeb‘s North American Editor says:

The new documents contain two rationales for the changes in language. The first is that it would prejudice the FBI investigation. Perhaps, but I am not at all persuaded.

The other reason given – old-fashioned butt-guarding – is more credible. However you read the motives, the state department and apparently the White House did get the CIA to change its story.

This is now very serious, and I suspect heads will roll. The White House will be on the defensive for a while.

This is, as one former President put it, deep doo-doo.

What Difference, At This Point, Do the Facts Make?

Stacy McCain has a post up analyzing the Democrats “How Dare You?” defense of the Benghazi fiasco.

It seems to me that the Democrats’ positions is best summed up by the remark made by Rep. Simpson (D-Springfield)—

Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.

UPDATE—Roger L. Simon reflects on Hillary de Medici.

That 3 AM Phone Call

Do you remember the commercial Hillary Clinton ran during the 2008 primaries about who should get that 3 am phone call? The implication was that Barack Obama wasn’t the right person, and that has turned out to be true all too often.

Reading this piece by Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline, it seems that Mrs. Clinton would have been (and still probably is) a poor choice too.

BTW, the first shots were fired in Benghazi around 4 pm Washington time when folks were supposed to be awake.

Band on the Run

While I’m out on the road doing research this weekend, one of the members of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization has volunteered to do some staff posts. Here’s the first one:

As Jim Hoft reported, today marked the eighth US embassy attack during Secretary Clinton’s time in office. Not a good day, unless your only consideration is that today is her final one as Secretary of State.

We could go over all of the senseless expenditures that weren’t used to secure human lives, but in her own words, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Al-Qaeda is in decline. These attacks must be the result of some other forces; a giant cache of secret youtube videos, perhaps?

With respect to a certain video, remember when Charles Woods told Lars Larson that Hillary Clinton assured him “they were going to have that person arrested and prosecuted”? Well, you sure did that, didn’t you, lady.

But as Bill Whittle noted, only Hollywood moguls can assert their First Amendment rights. Not the lowly peasants. Mr. Nakoula should have known better.

And people say tyranny is dead.

No Fair!

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

That’s an accurate quote of what Secretary Clinton said in response to a question during a Senate hearing today. The left side of the blogosphere has the vapors over the right side’s picking up that quote and running with it. It’s unfair, they say, just like using such underhanded rhetorical tricks as math or facts.

And they want us to believe that they are a reality-based community.

Yeah. Sure.

The Gordian Knot Solution

Smitty has a fine post up on how formal game theory would deal with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sorting out who should take responsibility for the Benghazi disaster considering the possible effect on the 2016 presidential race.

I personally prefer to cheat and use a Gordian Knot solution. Why not simply vote Barack Obama out of office and have neither of them run in 2016?

Depends on the Source …

Ed Morrissey asks if the OWSers have reached the point of hitting the reset button or whether the game over lights are flashing. After quoting some news coverage of the reoccupation of Zuccotti Park, he concludes that the slant of the information one receives is source-dependent.

That’s true. It’s also true that the occupiers are trying to hit their reset button, and they seem to be having difficulty. Could this also be a sourcing problem? Perhaps they got their reset button from the same place that Hillary Clinton got the reset button for our relations with Russia–the one labeled “overload” in Russian.