So-called conservative columnist David Brooks echoed Dionne, as usual: "I have no idea why Mitt Romney's talking about Benghazi. I think it's a tragedy what's happened there, but it's not central. It's not as if it's an illegitimate thing to talk about. But I think it is very hard for them to make the case that Biden knew what he didn't know."
Unless, of course, he knew. Once again, Biden is innocent before anyone knows what happened and why.
It's amazing that liberals insisted during the Bush years that the president was the dimmest of dimwits, yet he was also responsible for every foreign-policy mistake. Now the geniuses Obama and Biden can claim complete ignorance when our diplomats die, and no worries.
In the Bush years, bad intelligence was pinned squarely on Bush as commander-in-chief. In the Obama years, bad intelligence somehow absolves the White House.
Then there are the bald-faced MSNBC attempts at wagon circling. On "Morning Joe" on Monday, online executive editor Richard Wolffe declared Libya was "an incredibly chaotic situation for them, in the beginning, and they have to make statements that frankly weren't really sourced right. That's their problem, that you've got intelligence reports coming through that aren't actually factual. And then you've got a cleanup job." But the voters will forgive: "I don't think this is going to play a dime's worth of difference in terms of the election outcome ... most voters will say, Osama bin Laden's gone. Even if you look at Libya to the extent that anyone understands Libya, Gaddafi's gone." The big picture is Obama Killed the Bad Guys.
Earth to Richard Wolffe. When Team Bush captured Saddam Hussein, was that all that mattered? When Saddam was executed, was that then all that mattered? No. MSNBC's own Richard Engel called the execution "a major public relations blow for the US administration." NBC anchor Tom Brokaw said it was "folly" for parents to volunteer their children for the mission of rebuilding Iraq.
Hillary Clinton is behaving like a Clinton. The media are covering her like they cover Clintons. It's deja vu all over again.