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The Right Wing Outrage Industrial Complex's Complicated Week

The Right Wing Outrage Industrial Complex's Complicated Week

By Tina Dupuy

In the now-infamous "47 Percent" video secretly captured during a Mitt Romney fundraising speech, the GOP hopeful gleefully mentioned Jimmy Carter's Iran Hostage Crisis moment and admitted, "By the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."

On September 11, 2012, he got his "opportunity." Our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was overtaken and four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed. Mitt condemned the President of the United States that same day, suggesting that Obama "sympathized with the attackers." That's right. The man who made the call to shoot Osama bin Laden in the head was suddenly a terrorist sympathizer because Romney wanted to be Reagan and needed a Carter.

Would cheerfully ginning up the events in Benghazi win Romney the White House? No, his accusations were offensive and demonstrably untrue.

But losing an election means nothing to Republicans. They've had nine congressional hearings about Benghazi. What have they uncovered? The fact that you can have nine congressional hearings and uncover nothing.

According to the Global Terrorism Database amassed by the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, there were 64 attacks on diplomatic targets during the Bush Administration. Still, former veep Dick Cheney said of Benghazi, "I think it's one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career." Having the memory of a goldfish must be very soothing.

Benghazi is a cynical attempt to gain traction with a nontroversy. The more Congress spends time investigating, the less time they have to spend being ineffective at negotiating with the President. In other words, doing their jobs. Under John Boehner's leadership the 112th Congress passed just 219 bills that became laws. The least since we've been counting; half the amount of a normal Congress in a two-year term.

But what about all the other scandals!?

Since the president who touted torture as a foreign policy, lied us into two quagmires and outed an undercover CIA agent in retaliation for her husband's New York Times op/ed, has been out of office for a couple of years, our bar for scandal is pretty low.

The IRS uproar is an example. In the wake of Citizens United, the only agency with the authority to oversee tax exemptions has every right to be skeptical of non-profit 501(c)(4)s. These groups, after all, are begging for a government handout under the guise of providing "social welfare." Plus they're allowed the anonymity of their donors. Some tea partiers want to see all welfare recipients take drug tests, y