Ben Mathis-Lilley in Slate breaks down why the Republican party is seemingly chalking up the FBI’s decision to not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton as a loss.
What you see there is a lot of people who are unhappy about the decision and still believe Hillary Clinton may have committed a criminal act. But what you don’t see are any demands for further investigations, personal attacks on Comey’s integrity, or suggestions that Clinton needs to drop out of the presidential race. The GOP appears to be chalking this one up as a loss and moving on.
Why does the party that investigated Benghazi about 900 times seem willing to let this go? Here are a few possible reasons.
The Benghazi hearings demonstrated the limits of endless outrage. The GOP’s umpteenth Benghazi committee, led by Trey Gowdy, put on hearings that seemed ridiculous to nonpartisan observers, birthed a pro-Hillary meme image, and concluded in a lot of mainstream-media headlines about how nothing new had been discovered. Again, GOP leaders might be realizing this particular well has run dry.
James Comey is a Republican. Comey was appointed as a U.S. attorney by George W. Bush and donated to Mitt Romney’s and John McCain’s presidential campaigns. The idea of an Obama administration conspiracy in which a key player was someone who wanted Mitt Romney to be president instead of Obama is a tough sell.
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