Wednesday, October 7, 2015

@KevinMcCarthy's Overcapacity Twitter Account and NY Times Renames Select Committee

In the wake of Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy's deliberate boast that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was directly responsible for Hillary Clinton's polling numbers, here are a few updates.

Kevin McCarthy is a fairly common Irish name.  In fact some may remember that the reason former Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy was because in 1993 Colin Ferguson opened fire on a LIRR commuter train killing her husband Dennis and injuring and disabling her son, Kevin McCarthy. Six were killed and 19 were injured in that attack, and Rep. McCarthy ran on a gun control platform.  Carolyn served from 1997 until January of this year.  Her legacy on gun control in the House is a topic for another day. Her son happens to share a name with former colleague of hers.  So does this guy whose Twitter account suffered a major onslaught.

Hillary's Campaign has a video message from a Kevin McCarthy in Iowa.
@KevinMcCarthy is just a normal guy from Iowa, but lately he's been receiving a lot of tweets because another Kevin McCarthy, the Republican speaker-in-waiting to the House of Representatives, recently confirmed that the committee investigating Benghazi is just a partisan effort to derail Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Even the New York Times, which has faced its own honesty challenges regarding Hillary during this enormous abuse of power, is now calling for a dismantling of the committee.  Failing dissolution, they have a suggestion for a new name.

The Opinion Pages | Editorial

Shut Down the Benghazi Committee

House Republicans may be disinclined to disband the Select Committee on Benghazi with the presidential race heating up. But at the very least they should rename their laughable crusade, which has cost taxpayers $4.6 million, “the Inquisition of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, a leading candidate to become the next speaker of the House, acknowledged last week that was the point of burrowing into the details of the 2012 attacks on government facilities in eastern Libya that killed the American ambassador and three colleagues.
Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to testify before the committee on Oct. 22. The hearing will give Republicans another chance to attack the credibility and trustworthiness of the leading Democratic presidential candidate. It will do nothing to make American embassies abroad safer or help the relatives of the four killed in Libya.
The hearing should be the last salvo for a committee that has accomplished nothing. If the Republicans insist on keeping the process alive, the Democrats should stop participating in this charade.
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Meanwhile, as noted here, Democrats on the committee are planning on releasing full transcripts of testimony as they explained in their letter of 10/05 to committee chair Trey Gowdy.

Read the Letter from Benghazi Select Committee Democrats to Trey Gowdy

October 5, 2015
There are several stories out there about the letter sent by Democrats on the Benghazi Select Committee to committee chair, Trey Gowdy.  Since, if possible, we like to see primary source material, here is the letter under the official letterhead of Ranking Minority Member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland.
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young