During an interview on PBS's Charlie Rose this Wednesday, Politico's Mike Allen let one slip and told that host that behind closed doors, Republicans admitted the only reason to keep up the scandal-mongering on Benghazi was because Hillary Clinton might run for president in 2016.
May 30, 2013

While discussing the media's latest obsession with this "trifecta" of "scandals" -- which, as we've written about here time and again, for the most part aren't actually "scandals" at all, but the right wing throwing as much poop against the wall as possible to see what sticks, so no one pays any attention to the fact that the Republican party has absolutely no interest in governing -- one of the boys from Tiger Beat On The Potomac accidentally let one slip on Charlie Rose's show this Wednesday.

I'm guessing there will be a few Republicans upset with the fact that Politico's Mike Allen told PBS host Charlie Rose that the only reason they're going to keep hammering on Benghazi, which as Allen admitted, most of the public doesn't even understand, is that they want to use it against Hillary Clinton if she runs for president.

To which I respond... duh? I've said that here so many times I've lost count, but no one really cares about what I think or the media would have been hammering them about their motives on this drummed up scandal a long time ago. This is just the first time I've ever heard anyone who actually gets some national news coverage and who has access to Republican politicians like Allen ever say that behind closed doors, Republicans are admitting this out loud.

ALLEN: Privately, Republicans say that Benghazi probably wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for Hillary Clinton. Unlike the IRS...

ROSE: If this wasn't for her in 2016, this wouldn't be an issue?

ALLEN: Yeah, because it's something that people don't understand. Even the White House will tell you it's never going to be resolved to anyone's satisfaction, but there is going to be a real effort to make it last.

And when we're talking about these three controversies, we should remember, world event history tells us that world events can change everything. Somebody pointed out to me that if the Boston marathon happened next week, this would all look different.

ROSE: Right.

Here's to hoping that the public is more than weary of this stuff long before the next presidential election. I've had my fill of it a while ago. I'd much rather see someone like an Elizabeth Warren run for president in the first place since I'm tired of these Democratic "centrists" competing to see who can govern the most like a Republican and I sure as hell don't feel like watching this nonsense get rehashed in a few years if Clinton does throw her hat in the ring as most expect her to.

I'm not sure what it will take to make Republicans realize they've overreached on a bunch of these "scandals" but I suspect nothing short of being booted out of office is going to make much of a difference any time soon.

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