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Kevin McCarthy: Too Dumb and Incoherent to be Speaker

Hillary Clinton & Kevin McCarthy

Just as the House Republican leadership races slipped off the front pages and lead segments of the news and back behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy put the race for Speaker – which he hopes to win – back in the public eye, and not in a way that benefits his campaign.

A few days ago McCarthy appeared on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News and Hannity hammered him with a list of House Republican failures, broken promises and outright betrayals.  (While we don’t necessarily agree with all of Guy Benson’s analysis you can watch the video through this link to Townhall)

McCarthy relies heavily on Speaker Boehner‘s philosophy that “we have to formulate a strategy to win before we can even start the battle” not recognizing that Democrats see the battle as the whole game, and so merely to fight is to gain a victory because it shows ideological commitment, forces the agenda, motivates the base,  and makes the Party relevant.

McCarthy understands none of this, and what’s more he is completely inept when forced to think on his feet.

After being goaded by Hannity’s long list of failures McCarty finally comes forth with what he thinks is a “win.”

He claims the select Benghazi committee drove Hillary Clinton's polling numbers down and that was a “win,” noting that nobody would have known about her email scandal "had we not fought."

First of all if the Benghazi hearings are strictly political how could Kevin McCarthy be so dumb as to admit it?

What's more, to claim a purely political motivation for the Benghazi committee’s creation and investigation is quite possibly the dumbest and most disrespectful thing a Republican “leader” could say about the multimillion dollar effort to get to the bottom of the events leading to and flowing from the death of four brave Americans; U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

Not that we have any sympathy for Hillary Clinton – but if McCarthy’s statement is true then it is also truly frightening because it shows that establishment Republicans, like Kevin McCarthy, are happy to use the power of the government against their political opponents and engage in exactly the same kind of abuse of citizens that was perpetrated against conservatives by Lois Lerner and her enablers at the IRS.

Second, what McCarthy said is demonstrably not true as regards the effect of the House Benghazi committee’s actions – which have been at best inconclusive and have treated Hillary Clinton and her associates, such as her Muslim Brotherhood influenced confidant Huma Abedin, with a kid glove deference no other witnesses would have received in similar circumstances.

Judicial Watch, not the Benghazi committee, was the organization that has forced the most damning revelation about the Hillary Clinton’s email. The incontrovertible evidence that she used her private server to send and receive classified email – a felony violation to say nothing of a national security disaster – was generated by Judicial Watch and its relentless pursuit of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.

It is the Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits, not the Benghazi committee, that have provided the “drip, drip, drip” that Hillary Clinton complained are hurting her poll numbers.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Kevin McCarthy’s incoherent attempts to clean up the mess he created with his braggadocios response to Hannity’s goading was a political gift to Hillary Clinton that just keeps on giving.

After making a demonstrably false statement that disrespected the deaths of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack McCarthy has let Clinton off the hook for her much anticipated testimony before the Benghazi committee, given her associates Abedin and Mills a get out of jail free card and given Mrs. Clinton’s faltering presidential campaign a fundraising tool that is probably worth a couple of million dollars in direct mail pleas to help Hillary fight Republican political persecution.

David Brock, a Clinton ally who runs an assortment of Democratic groups that have aggressively defended her, told The Washington Post that McCarthy’s suggestive comment “changes everything entirely.”

“To put it simply, the game is over, and they’ve lost,” Brock said according to reporting by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa. “This was supposed to be the big moment for Gowdy and his committee and instead what we have is the person who’s likely the next speaker validating everything critics have been saying. . . . Now everyone can see the fact that this has been a partisan charade all along.”

Looking ahead to the general election, Brock told Rucker and Costa: “With this clip, we now have the ad we want.”

And Brock is right – watch the clip at the top of this link and ask yourself how Kevin McCarthy can have any credibility as the top Republican spokesman for the House of Representatives, should Hillary Clinton become the Democratic presidential nominee – a prospect that was by the way fading fast until McCarthy’s comments.

According to comments by Speaker Boehner, House leadership elections are set for Oct. 8, we urge every House Republican to view the clips of Kevin McCarthy’s amazingly dumb and inept comments on Hillary Clinton and the scandal of the Obama response to the Benghazi attacks and then ask themselves if that’s the kind of “leadership” they need to advance the conservative agenda in the House?

If the answer is YES and Kevin McCarthy is elected Speaker then we predict House Republicans will continue to lurch from disaster to disaster because Kevin McCarthy is just plain too dumb and incoherent to effectively manage the House, let alone sit two steps away from the presidency.

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Mike Huckabee for speaker.