Cohen: Benghazi Committee Unnecessary

I don’t know why Neil Cavuto invited our Congressman, Steve Cohen, on his 3 p.m. business show to comment on the select committee to examine Benghanzi.

What would Steve know about it and how would he ever put his partisanship aside? He’s as donkey as they come.

Anyhow, he did ask him this week and Cohen responded as you’d think he would. But it’s instructive because he is following the playbook the Dems have given him and that’s how they plan to attack the GOP.

Cohen doesn’t think there is any point to the effort and he doesn’t plan to participate. (Would anyone ask him?) After he flatly pooh-poohed the idea he said that he commented that he felt like he was at home because there was a Fed Ex truck visible through the studio window. That’s about as heavy handed a reference he could make. I’m surprised he didn’t find a reason to evoke Elvis. I’m sure he thinks it endears him to his constituency, but it was so blatantly suck up you want to barf.

That self important matter out of the way, Cavuto asked him what was the harm in having a committee to get to the bottom of the Benghazi affair?

“Issa’s committee, Government Oversight, has been studying and studying and studying it. They’ve gotten 14 Pinocchios – that’s not a good thing to get – from the Washington Post. Tell me the last time that a government oversight committee found any evidence of anything,” Cohen asked.

There was that little Watergate thing and Iran contra, but those were pushed by Democrats/media, right? I’m afraid Cohen will have to get his own Pinocchio, because according to my research, the WaPo only gave Issa four, not fourteen. I guess a little exaggeration makes it better, though.

Cavuto didn’t call him on that, but did ask Cohen “Are we due answers?”

“We’re due answers but I don’t think a government select committee’s going to find them,” Cohen said.

“What will?” Cavuto asked.

“The State Department and and the Defense Department is (sic) trying to find the terrorists and they will find them and they will bring them to justice,” Cohen asserted.

Cavuto pointed out that they haven’t yet.

“Well it takes time. It took a long time for the president to get Osama Bin Laden but he got him…I don’t think there’s any malfeasance whatsoever. I don’t think that anyone should suggest…” Cohen was interrupted by Cavuto who said “How would you know? These emails that came to light showed an orchestrated effort to present talking points that were based on lies.”

Cohen disagreed. “I don’t think they were based on lies. I think they had what they thought was the truth and there were protests in the Middle East over the film and the anti Islamic mood that was here and quickly went over there.”

Did you notice an anti Islamic mood in the air here in September of 2012? Hardly. Maybe the fact that it was September 11 should have alerted the Obama administration, don’t you think?

Cavuto said, “but they quickly knew that was not the case. Are you satisfied that they leapt on something they knew to be wrong?”

Cohen answered, “I don’t think if they knew it to be wrong or not. I think maybe they thought it was right but the bottom line is this isn’t something that needs a new committee. Speaker Boehner on the 8th of April said there’s no need for another committee.”

Cavuto added, “But now these emails have come to light and…”

Cohen jumped in and said, “It’s politics. The polls have also come out and said that nobody can run against Hillary Clinton and this is all about Hillary Clinton.”

Hmm. At one point the polls said Chris Christie would beat Hillary Clinton. Then he was taken out of the running by the Bridgegate. Coincidence? Politics?

Neil asked about the timing and that the very next day Obama was on a fund raising trip to Las Vegas criticizing his opponent for making hay about this and raising money and an ambassador had been killed.
Cohen said, “Everybody grieves at the ambassador’s death….but you have a crisis constantly when you’re the president of the United States.”
Cavuto interrupted: “Not of this magnitude. Doesn’t the death of a representative of this country eclipse crises that might be more domestic in nature?”

A softer, gentler Cohen then said, “If that’s the issue that’s important than, yes, he went to Las Vegas and maybe politically he shouldn’t have done that but that’s not a need for a government select committee to be formed.”

Cavuto then asked, “You don’t want to be part of this investigation?”

Cohen: “Issa’s committee has studied, uh, uh, uh, Buck McKeon who’s the head of the Armed Forces Committee, a Republican, attacked Issa’s committee and condemned them for the general they brought before them last week, saying that they were totally wrong and that the military did nothing wrong and based on the resources they had they did everything right.”
Cavuto said, “So you think this will go nowhere?”

Cohen replied, “It’s going to continue until Hillary Clinton is elected president and then …”
Cavuto asked “You’re sure of that?”
Cohen reminded Cavuto that he had predicted the Dow would go over 14,000, which Cavuto agreed it had. Cohen never explained what would happen after Hillary was president. He just concluded, “I’m bullish on America.”

I don’t know why Fox wastes its time and ours on this House member. He isn’t particularly insightful and he never brings anything but naked partisanship to any conversation.

But that’s who we elected.

More from the VIP Reception

The three elected officials who agreed to take questions at the Shelby GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night fielded a wide range of issues.

MC Jane Pierotti continued with good questions. She asked Rep. Stephen Fincher “how can the GOP engage more young people to work in our party?”

Fincher didn’t hesitate. “Our message works,” he said. “It’s your money, your government. We are the party of the working man and the party looking out for women. If we abandon our principles, we lose.”

Ms. Pierotti then asked if people even know what our principles are.

Tom Cotton, House representative from Arkansas who is running against Pryor for his Senate seat, said “it comes down to civics again.” He admitted that schools have not done enough to teach our children about our country. If they did they would understand that our party protects the ideals of our country, i.e. “limited government, free enterprise, traditional morality and strong national defense. No one is born a good citizen,” Cotton said.

To the discussion of how liberals are wanting to alter our government, someone mentioned that in New York, Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill for the National Popular Vote. That means that New York will give all its electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote in the entire nation. In other words, a state could vote for candidate A, but have their votes changed to candidate B.

Mark Norris, state senate majority leader, said that several attempts to do away with the electoral college have been attempted in Tennessee. He said that former Senator Fred Thompson had been a proponent of dissolving the electoral college. Norris related that after RNC Committeeman and Memphis attorney John Ryder discussed the merits of the electoral college with Thompson, the Senator dumped the idea. If that happened, Norris said, “we’d all be disenfranchised. The current state Senate will make sure it doesn’t occur.”

Fincher also said that although we need to make sure our schools teach our history, “we can’t fix the school without fixing the family. We’ve got to start local when it comes to keeping our rights. Our states are the ones now holding the line.”

Cotton added that “a Republican president can turn a lot around immediately.”

“What can our party do to encourage black voters?” Ms. Pierotti asked.

“Something other than have three white guys on this stage,” Norris replied. “We need to do outreach, talk about our relevancy and we have to matter on the ground. We have increased our outreach,” he said, mentioning our Latino candidate, Geoff Diaz, and state party liaison Victor Evans.

The floor opened up for questions and I asked Congressman Fincher what is going on in the House regarding immigration. Speaker John Boehner had recently said he was ready to push it through the House, while the more conservative wing is objecting to that.

Fincher said he likes Boehner, but that “unless we have a president who will uphold the law, we will not go down that road. We can’t make reforms with someone we don’t trust (meaning Obama). Immigration reform will not happen now.”

Then a question was asked about Benghazi.

Cotton bemoaned the fact that we have not brought anyone to justice for the death of four Americans. “Why was security so lax? Why weren’t Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more engaged? Why the video excuse? We need a special committee. Americans don’t like it when Americans get killed.”

He then mentioned White House spokesman Tommy Vietor’s “dude” remark. “It’s that attitude that keeps it on the frontline.”

Steering Committee member Mick Wright asked the panel what the biggest scandal concerning the Obama administration is that we don’t know.

Panelists said there is more out there than we know.

Cotton said “emerging scandals will continue for Obamacare. Who got bailouts? They disobeyed the subpoenas.” He mentioned that the deadlines for parts of Obamacare get pushed back. One after Obama’s 2012 election bid and now they are trying to continue to hide the worst parts til after the midterms. “It will cost taxpayers billions next year while insurance companies are getting breaks.”

That last question was all there was time for before the dinner. Ms. Pierotti did an excellent job and it was a good new wrinkle for the format of the Lincoln Day Dinner.

More Candid Talk

Here’s more of what Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R-Ark), State Senator Mark Norris and Congressman Stephen Fincher had to say at the VIP reception at Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Master of Ceremonies Jane Pierotti addressed a question to Tom Cotton. She wanted to know if our party is going wobbly on Obamacare.

“Obamacare is fundamentally broken because of the president’s exemptions,” he said. “We have to be measured about it because he’s still president. We can try to protect you from the harm. There are two things we can do. One, repeal the individual mandate. No. 2 is to lift the ceiling on full time work from 30 to 40 hours. But ultimately we’ll have to wait until 2017 when we have a Republican president before we can really do anything.”

She then asked Mark Norris: “What’s up with support for Common Core?”

“The challenge is that in Tennessee we’re 46th in education,” he said. “Many of the supporters who want standards have their hearts in the right places. It’s a mixed bag. We slowed the process down in the legislature this year. We need to see how these standards are being applied. We passed laws against data mining in Common Core. We made it obligatory to teach cursive writing in schools and we are seeing to it that they are teaching more civics.”

The topic of the GOP vs. the Tea Party then came up.

“The media likes to focus on us,” Cotton said. “But we recognize our diversity and we need to defeat the Democrats. Different parts of the country have different kinds of Republicanism. The Northeast, the Midwest may be less conservative, but they still are helpful Republicans. We might not get any seats in these areas if we cut them out.”

Fincher agreed. “What will change DC is more Republicans,” he said. “We especially need more Republicans in the Senate. That’s why Tom’s seat is so important.

“This is actually the most conservative House we’ve ever had,” Fincher added. “It’s the president who is doing the harm.”

Mark Norris was asked about redistricting.

“It’s working well,” Norris said, acknowledging RNC Committeeman John Ryder, sitting in the audience. Ryder was in charge of all the redistricting in 2010. “We put Humpty Dumpty back together again. It’s a good solid plan that allows us to vote our franchise. I expect this year we will pick up two more state Senate seats, bringing us from 26 to 28 out of 33 seats.”

Cotton then addressed the global warming issue.

“The left wing climate computer model is being used to make sweeping civil changes by people who want to change our capitalist system,” Cotton said. “Obama will fail at using EPA rules to shut us down if the GOP persists.”

Then Ms. Pierotti commented that “the regulatory apparatus in DC has become the fourth branch of government. How can we roll it back?”

“Obama will do all he can to bypass Congress,” Fincher replied. “The solution is as simple as having Mitch McConnell as leader in the Senate and having Tom Cotton in the Senate. You want to shut it down? Send Tom Cotton,” he reiterated. “It’s like Keystone (the pipeline). Everybody wants it but Obama is stopping it.”

Cotton added, “When the president goes over Congress, he is disrespecting you.” And Norris noted that the “dysfunction in DC is helping call attention to local issues.” He believes that can help state elections.

Tomorrow: Young people and the GOP, blacks and the GOP, immigration and Benghazi.

Desperate Dems

Don’t let today slip away without voting. The Republican ballot has many of our incumbents and they are unopposed, but there are other races that do have a primary challenger, so get to your precinct and pull the lever. After today we can zero in on defeating the Democrats.

Speaking of the Dems here, they must be pretty desperate. Yesterday at our house, an outpost of Republicanism in a sea of libs, we received three phone calls from them.

Two were recorded, and the other one was live.

Two were for Steve Mulroy, one for Wanda Halbert.

The first for Mulroy had a person on the other end. When I asked what the call was about, he said Steve Mulroy. Normally I want to hang up the phone vehemently when such a call comes in – and it disturbs the dog who howls piteously at the phone – but I decided it would be interesting to hear what he had to say about the man we refer to in our family as “I, state your name.” He earned that at September 2010’s swearing in ceremony. The judge told each newly elected official to do that as he began the oath. Steve, wearing his signature red tennis shoes (a nod to his seemingly political bent towards Communism?), repeated just that instead of his name.

Anyway, the volunteer mentioned Mulroy’s “tough stance on gay rights” and that Malone “works against us.” The other call for Mulroy was a robo call answered by Mr. Midtown Republican. He reports that the recording again mentioned gay rights and added criminal and animal rights to Mulroy’s platform. It didn’t even say what office he was running for. Hmm.

The other call was for Ms. Halbert. It, too, was a robo call. It featured the voice of Mike Kernell. He endorsed her and that is supposed to sway me to pull the lever for her, were I a Democrat. Now that was shocking, as I remember Kernell for two things: his son’s attempt to hack into Sarah Palin’s email, a criminal offense for which he was found guilty. The second was the weird incident when Kernell claims someone took his pants as he was getting in or out of his car around 1 a.m. at his house. Odd, to say the least. Neither really adds heft to his backing of Halbert in my opinion. Perhaps they thought Kernell could bring in white voters.

Since I am not a Democrat, I guess I wouldn’t understand. Which also leads me to ask how sloppy their campaigns are if they are wasting time calling registered Republicans. Are they desperate? Or are they conceited enough to think they are worth our consideration?
I don’t know, but today’s vote will tell us a lot about the electorate and turnout.