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May 14, 2013 4:01 PM Orange Man Blues

By Ed Kilgore

Nancy Pelosi’s recent mockery of John Boehner’s weakness gathers more credibility every day. As The Hill’s Molly Hooper reports, he can’t even maintain control of his own chamber’s boffo production, Benghazi!:

House Republican members are defying Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and five committee chairmen by endorsing a measure that would set up a special panel to investigate the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
A growing number of members on the committees with jurisdiction over the Benghazi matter — Intelligence, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services and Foreign Affairs — have signed onto Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R-Va.) resolution.
Boehner and the chairmen of those committees do not support the legislation. Instead, they have worked together to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 assault.

Outside the committees of jurisdiction, of course, the idea of a Star Chamber to provide a big Show Biz lift to future Benghazi! hearings is even more popular among Republicans, since it gives them an outside chance of appearing before the cameras to sternly question Obama administration officials—yea, perhaps the Red Queen herself, Hillary Clinton! That opportunity, of course, is like legal tender for campaign contribution and a talisman against primary challenges. All told, Wolf’s resolution has 146 Republican co-sponsors.

So much for “regular order.” And so much for Boehner’s waning illusion of real power. He serves at the sufferance of the furies that control his Conference and his party, and they’re more powerful than ever now that “the Vetting” is fully taking over the GOP’s agenda.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on May 14, 2013 4:43 PM:

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  • boatboy_srq on May 14, 2013 4:44 PM:

    FYI. Wolf is a product of that last bastion of Genteel Southern Caucasian Goodness (a/k/a KKK/NRA central) known as Loudon County. He's the federal version of Eugene Delgaudio (Google at your own risk). These volk are fast running for the WV hills because Virginia in general, and NoVA in particular, is becoming just too gosh-darned LIBRUL, TAXED, BROWN, and otherwise OTHER. It's also the part of the world where the local Episcopal church(es?) decided to congregate with the (fairly repressive) Anglican Church of Nigeria rather than adhere to doctrine handed down from Canterbury - because Canterbury was preaching tolerance, forbearance, generosity and forgiveness (plus ordaining women priests and deciding LGBT folks aren't all that bad). He's far more quietly wingnutty than some of his peers (Allen West, Tim Scott, and of course Michele Bachmann come to mind here), but he's definitely One of Them.

  • c u n d gulag on May 14, 2013 5:26 PM:

    Isn't it sad, that after the shareholders and the Board of Directors welcomed the inmates to run the Asylum, that the poor, poor, Director is left holding the bag - full of rabid snakes (if that's even possible, which I don't believe is - thankfully).

  • Kathryn on May 14, 2013 5:34 PM:

    @ boatboy_srq....It's Loudoun Co. but otherwise agree. Wolf has been a Congressman for decades doubt he'll be dislodged anytime soon unfortunately. Loudoun County did vote for Pres. Obama by 4 points in 2012 as in 2008. As is often the case, lesser year elections in Loudoun draw smaller turnouts and is heavily old folk and elects local GOP.

    We will be truly screwed in this state (Va.) if Ken Cuccinelli becomes governor, Kansas, here we come. Election for governor here is in November 2013, turnout, turnout, turnout.

  • Mark-NC on May 14, 2013 6:10 PM:

    The clown show turned into the nasty clown show and has now become the even nastier clown show.

    It always stuns me to discover that people I like can vote for their crap. But the sad fact is - Republicans in Congress are doing what their voters want. Sadly, that's the simple truth.

  • agentX on May 15, 2013 5:14 AM:

    On the topic of Rep. Orangeman, I learned recently that his daughter got married. To a Jamaican construction worker, who likes(or liked) weed.

    I didn't expect any problems. Boehner/Boner only CLAIMS the tea-party; he's not a card-carrying KKK member like the rest of 'em.

    captcha: mountain dingsFat
    Lolz. Captcha has a sense of humor.

  • boatboy_srq on May 15, 2013 9:30 AM:

    @Kathryn: Sorry about that - too busy making a point to spell correctly. FYI the GPS pronounces it "Low-Down County." There's the same sort of reality portal somewhere just east of Leesburg that sits on the bridge to Longboat Key in FL (Remember Katherine Harris? Same sort.). I'm waiting for western Loudoun to secede (Catoctin County, here we come) - just so the portal can get its own road sign.

    Cuccinelli needs to be sent back to FRC's "legal" team. He makes Governor Ultrasound look positively liberal.