Down here in South Carolina, where it not the heat, it’s the stupidity, we have had our share of asshatted politicians, like, well, y’all remember Congressman Joe Wilson? He’s the guy who shouted “You lie” when President Obama spoke about health care reform during a State of the Union address.
But we’ve had Governor Mark Sanford who actually disappeared from the state for several days and we were told he was “hiking the Appalachian Trail” when all that really meant was he was schtupping his mistress in South America.
South Carolina. South America. Perhaps he was just confused.
Of course, Sanford was replaced as governor by Nikki Haley who faced her own cheating scandal during her first run at the Governor’s Mansion, and we also endured the wingnuttiness of Senator Jim DeMint, a Tea Party darling a la Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and Christine O’Donnell.
And the queen — no pun intended, maybe — of all our wingnuts here in South Carolina is Senator Lindsey Graham, who is still trying, after seven other unsuccessful attempts, to blame Obama for the attacks on the embassy in Benghazi even though he sat on his hands and said and did nothing during all of embassy attacks that occurred under George W. Bush.
Yeah, not the heat, the stupidity and then came this ….
Last week Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Republican, of course, from South Carolina, of course, who leading the House Select Committee on Benghazi, warned his colleagues not to use this issue as a fundraising ploy while actually using the issue as a money-raising tool.
Well, of course, it was an attack, and people died, why use that to raise money? Except …
But right before he asked Republicans to not use the attacks to make a little extra cash for their campaign chests, the National Republican Congressional Committee [NRCC] sent out a fundraising email featuring Trey Gowdy and his committee as the hook:
“You’re now a Benghazi Watchdog. Let’s go after Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
And then it asks for money.
Later on, when his own hypocrisy came to light, Gowdy said the NRCC should stop the campaign, though it has not. But this is apparently nothing new, because Gowdy has raised money on the backs of those dead Americans before, so, yeah, his Please stop doesn’t seem genuine.
Last September, Gowdy attended a “barbecue fundraiser” for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, another South Carolina Republican, and spoke at length about Benghazi to those in attendance. he talked about the “phony scandals” — a phrase used by the Obama Administration — involving the IRS and NSA, but then, referring to
There is nothing phony about (citizens) not trusting the people they put in positions of leadership.”
Ka-ching went the Mulvaney coffers.
And a few weeks later, Trey spoke at a campaign fundraising event for Lindsey Graham — the ringleader of Benghazi conspiracy theories — where he praised Graham on Benghazi:
“There is no one in Congress who has done more on the issue of Benghazi than your senior senator.”
Ka-ching went the Graham coffers.
So, Trey Gowdy, pot, kettle, black. And when this latest investigation into Benghazi, and any attempt to blame the whole thing on Obama and/or Hillary Clinton, come up empty again I wonder how long it will take before Trey Gowdy and his ilk use the deaths of Americans as a fundraising issue all while decrying the very idea.
Seriously, who do I hafta f…….