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It's all over. Anyone in Washington who still thinks that he or she will be able to exploit the embassy attacks of last year for cheap and easy political purposes will have a better time of it trying to squeeze chocolate milk out of a rock.

Lindsey Graham Benghazi Lie

The final nail in the Benghazi junkies' coffin was the revelation that 60 Minutes' reporting of that tragedy had been bogus. They had been led down the garden path by some jackal named "Morgan Jones" (probably an alias). The story he told CBS News about warning American officials of imminent attack and being ignored was completely at odds with what he told the FBI shortly after the events. The Republicans in Congress based their entire Benghazi fixation on this one report and now it turns out to be complete and utter bullshit.

When I was a kid (in my household at least) whenever a major story broke, you went to CBS News no questions asked. Back in the day, that organization was known as "the diamond of the Tiffany Network". Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end; but end they certainly did. That rumbling that you can hear in the faint distance is the sound of Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid and Walter Cronkite doing somersaults in their graves.

None of these revelations mean a damned thing to Lindsey Graham. He's determined to continue to obstruct President Obama's nominee to head the department of Homeland Security - among others. According to Gail Collins' excellent column in the New York Times:

"His righteous wrath was not shaken in the least when 'Morgan's' story turned out to be entirely made up. Perhaps Graham was recalling the immortal words of Mia Farrow in an old Woody Allen Movie: 'He's fictional, but you can't have everything.'"

Poor old Lindsey obviously doesn't have much of a stomach for non-fiction these days. That seems to be a chronic state as far as the right wing is concerned. They live in a fantasy world dominated by fear and loathing. It must be a dark and dreadful place. I wouldn't gladly trade places with them, that's for sure. My own world is weird enough thank you very much.

Lindsey Graham is a walking, talking spectacle. Does he ever look at a history book - or even a filmed historical documentary? Has he ever had a chance to see the judgment posterity imparts upon the bloviating gas-bags and dingbats of a bygone era and how they are viewed through the prism of 20/20, historical hindsight as clowns and buffoons? Has the senator from South Carolina ever considered the foregone conclusion that this is the way that future generations will view him?

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I'm going to let all of you in on a dark family secret of mine: I am related to Roger B. Taney, the Chief Justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision in 1857 - the worst Supreme Court ruling in the history of this republic. This is a fact that me and my kin don't go around cheerfully bragging about - trust me on this one, folks. That awful decision gave individual African Americans about as much rights as a head of cattle. It's almost certain that it would have perpetuated slavery well-into the twentieth century had the Civil War not intervened. That ruling (and Cousin Roger's authorship of it) renders him just about the worst Justice in the history of the court. Check out that photograph of him on the left. He just looks like a complete jerk!

Does Lindsey Graham think for a minute that his heirs will be boasting of their familial ties to a screaming twit like himself? You gotta wonder. You just gotta!

I have high hopes for poor old Lindsey. In a rogue's gallery of screaming fools and drooling buffoons he's always good copy. Lord knows Barack Obama is far from perfect. Expecting Superman when he was elected five years ago this month, all I got was a well-meaning Casper Milquetoast. Still, you've got to envy the guy. Given the personal qualities of the jackasses who have done everything they can in order to obstruct his path to progress, he'll end up looking pretty good in the history books without even trying. This president has got to be the luckiest politician who ever walked this earth.

Some people are alarmed by the utter catastrophe that American politics has become in the last 30 years. Not me. In fact I thrive on it. It's all the more interesting the weirder it gets. I can't get enough of this stuff. Thanks in large part to politicians like Lindsey Graham, I'm as happy as I think I've ever been.


Sail on, oh ship of state.

Tom Degan
The Rant

Saturday, 16 November 2013