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May 5, 2014 - 2:26 pm

He’s not going to get any, but Speaker Boehner deserves some credit for making the right choice in naming South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the select committee on Benghazi.

Gowdy is not exactly a Boehner favorite. And until the most recent Benghazi emails were released, Boehner was getting annoyed at members like Gowdy who were pushing for a select committee all along.

But Gowdy is the logical choice for such a plum assignment. He knows the issues surrounding Benghazi back and forth, he has the timeline down cold, and he’s been an effective advocate when interviewed.

Politico:

“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” Boehner said in a statement. “His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.”

House Republican leadership expects to vote this week on legislation that will create the panel. They will then announce the other members of the committee. There’s been significant behind-the-scenes jockeying to score a seat on Gowdy’s panel — Republican leadership has been fielding calls since Friday from interested members. Boehner (R-Ohio) is taking the lead in selecting lawmakers.

Gowdy said the committee will tackle the “unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government’s interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue.”

Democrats have largely dismissed the probe as purely political theater.

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, said Monday the committee is “unnecessary.” He said that he would urge his members to vote against the committee when legislation comes to the floor this week.

Hoyer said the Democratic leadership has not “made a determination” on whether they would appoint members to the committee. He said the panel was a “partisan messaging” activity.

Democrats are asking themselves; what do we have to gain by participating on this select committee? They should be asking what do we lose if we don’t. In the end, they will look very bad if they sit out the investigation. And, of course, the record that is made would be created without any input from the minority.

I don’t think they’re serious about boycotting a select committee. The hearings are bound to be widely covered and televised. How many members of Congress would pass up the opportunity to appear on national TV? Their own vanity will convince them to participate.

Gowdy’s lines of inquiry are clear, but new evidence will be hard to come by. Expect near zero cooperation from the White House, the State Department, national security agencies, and the Libyan government. The narrative, “Dude, this was like two years ago” will be hammered home by the media and the pretense that the most recent emails reveal nothing new will be continued.

No doubt Gowdy has his work cut out for him.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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He’s not going to get any, but Speaker Boehner deserves some credit

He's getting plenty of credit. Where the hell is this coming from?
25 weeks ago
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Beware White House and Hillary Clinton.
Here comes Trey Gowdy.
The lies, deceit and cover-ups will be exposed.
Another Watergate. One president goes and a potential
presidential candidate nixed.
25 weeks ago
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I would go with Cato the Elder, about Rome's Punic enemy: Delenda Carthago est.

We must totally destroy this regime, too, or it will finally destroy us. They will show no mercy or decency and should expect none.
25 weeks ago
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Oops.
25 weeks ago
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Women will be drawn to his good looks. This will make it harder for the leftist filth to demonize him. The filth are digging now for ways to destroy him. Gowdy knows what his coming. He is a good and honorable man to tackle the job.
25 weeks ago
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I love Trey Gowdy. Tough. Fearless. Hard-working. Gonna ask some tough questions. Gonna get some answers. 'Bout time. My heart goes out to the families of those who were sacrificed by our unserious Precedent, who should not be allowed to answer the phone at 3 a.m. or any other time.
25 weeks ago
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Well Mr Gowdy is going to have to stand up straight.
25 weeks ago
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Gowdy has one thing going for him - he isn't looking for a career in congress - unlike Boehner and many other congress critters. Boehner may have made a smart move for himself by selecting Gowdy to head up this new committee. It'll be interesting who Boehner puts on the committee with him. My money is on Boehner trying to hinder this effort behind the scenes - look for less than helpful effort from him. I hope I'm wrong but I think this is where Boehner is headed with this.

Look for the WH to ignore information requests coming from this select committee like they have in other inquiries on this and other subjects - unless public pressure is put upon the administration. That will require the public to 'discover' Benghazi.

Will the gun-running angle be looked into? I hope so.

There is no way the democrats are going to sit out this dance. If only so they can leak information whenever it suits them.

25 weeks ago
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"logical choice for such a plumb assignment."

C'mon Rick. Plumb? Really? Plumb like the thingies on certain trees that you eat?

Plum. Plum. Plum.

Now go look it up amd write three sentences that use the word correctly.
25 weeks ago
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"Plumb" as in Jack Horner.
25 weeks ago
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But could he be too partisan?
25 weeks ago
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May it be made very clear that one entire party had nothing to do with intentional and ongoing despicable behavior while the other entirely responsible party insists everything was done properly. Let the chips fall where they may.
25 weeks ago
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I'm kidding. In a different article Rick posted he wondered if Trey could be seen as too partisan/
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