Selling Benghazi, One Shriek At A Time

PeacockWouldn’t it be nice if today were the day the House Republicans decided NOT to sound like a steel barn filled to the rafters with alarmed peacocks?

There are more people signed up for private health insurance plans than predicted. People have paid their premiums. There are fewer people without health insurance than five years ago. [BusWk] So, what could be more predictable than…………

Benghazi! [Salon]

And, Heaven Forefend, anyone would ever believe the Republicans would attempt any fundraising on the tender subject?  Oh, they did? Yes, the Republican National Committee quickly sent out the message, trampling on Rep. Trey Gowdy’s disclaimer:

“I have never sought to raise a single penny on the back of four murdered Americans,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier this week.  A few minutes before Gowdy’s TV appearance, however, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sent out an e-mail blast urging backers to become  “Benghazi Watchdogs” by giving money. “You can become a Benghazi Watchdog right now,” says the message on the NRCC’s “ web site.” [Seattle PI]

But wait…there’s MORE!  There’s Merchandise.  Car magnets. Beer glasses. Throw pillows.  Shower curtains. Calendars. Iphone cases. And, my all time favorite — the pink footed pajamas.

What’s interesting about the merchandise, beyond the truly tacky nature of the products, are the ‘themes.’

There’s the “Alamo” motif on the car magnet admonishing us never to forget the patriots who died defending the diplomatic post — without mentioning that some of our Libyan allies also died there, and that Ambassador Stevens had opted not to accept additional security, along with the not so minor and well publicized cuts made to diplomatic security funding by the Republicans in the House.

There’s the “Bloody Hand” theme on the beer glass which conveniently merges U.S. operation in Afghanistan, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi into an arch above the logo.  Whoa, and here I was thinking that the GOP was in favor of our military intervention in Afghanistan?  How do you reconcile your “Bloody Hand” beer glass with your “Support the Troops” ribbon coasters?  And, if memory serves, wasn’t F&F launched during a previous administration?

That throw pillow will let the prospective owners get a jump on the Hillary Clinton bashing which will surely be a right wing theme in 2016 should the former Senator and Secretary of State decide to run for the presidency.  The owners will recognize Mrs. Clinton, Ambassador Rice, but want to make bets on how many will have to resort to Google to find out who “Mills” is?  Hint: You probably don’t know ‘Mills’ unless you are an aficionado of right wing conspiracy sites.

The shower curtain is pure 2016.  “Benghazi, what difference does it make,” — Clinton, is excerpted out of the context of her testimony to the Senate panel.   Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) tried to get the former Secretary to say the administration believed the attack was the result of ire about the anti-Islam video, Mrs. Clinton was having none of if, and retorted:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.” [HuffPo]

But, it’s really hard to get all of that on a shower curtain.  The essential question — what happened and how to prevent it from happening again — don’t seem to be part of the right wing screech machine repertoire.

The calendar asks “Who gave the stand down order?”  Huh? There was no stand down order, in fact the CIA rushed some operatives to the rescue in addition to some military assets which were immediately available. [Snopes]  If you want an accurate calendar, just cut off the top.

However, the Iphone case “Nobody died at Watergate, Impeach Obama now!” demonstrates that the Republicans have still not moved on from June 17, 1972.  Whatever any Democratic Party member does from now to eternity, will be “just as bad as Watergate!” No matter what.

The pink pajamas, with footies, reverts to the Alamo Theme — never forget. Possibly not, if for the heft price of $74.50 the decal tends to bleed if the sleeper sweats onto the sheets. And, should enough sweat permeate enough pj’s onto enough sheets then perhaps a substantial number of Klan members will be recalling Benghazi at future meetings?

But, hey, the House GOP isn’t being shrill about this — like screeching peacocks — they just want to raise a little money.

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