WASHINGTON — The five Democrats sitting on the newly-created “select” committee investigating the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi will be a first in Washington politics. It will be, so to speak, a leap of faith.
Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner named six Republicans to the panel, to be chaired by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R.-SC), including Congressman Mike Pompeo, who represents Wichita, home of Koch Industries. The Koch Brothers have given Pompeo $80,000 in campaign contributions, and his business, Thayer Industries, was financed in part by Koch Venture Capital.
There have already been one Senate committee investigation, and five House committee investigations, of the attack on the consulate, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Because the attack occurred while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the RNC is salivating at the prospect of keeping the Benghazi attack in the forefront in the run-up to the midterm elections in November.
As Democratic leaders labeled the new committee a kangaroo court, and as they disputed among themselves whether any Democrats should serve on the committee, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the suggestion of a solitary reporter, came up with the perfect solution.
“I am sure that Congressman Pompeo will jump as high as the Koch Brothers tell him to, so I am naming five marsupials — — a kangaroo, a wallaby, a koala, a wombat, and, last but not least, a spectacularly ugly carnivore, the Tasmanian devil.”
“Tomorrow is Mother’s Day,” Pelosi continued, “and I like the way kangaroo moms carry their young, so this is most appropriate."
Kim Beazley, Australia’s ambassador to the United States, congratulated Pelosi, saying “We Aussies always like it when our indigenous mammals receive the attention which they deserve. I’d be glad to send Nancy a crocodile to keep Pompeo and his buddies at bay."