Here's the Horse Sense: Chances are very small that the committee will be able to hold anyone accountable. With John Spineless Boehner as House Speaker the real accountability will have to come from the American people.
Trey Gowdy has been appointed to head the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Seven other Republicans have been appointed to serve on that committee. Whether the Democrats will participate remains to be seen. But in the meantime the Democrats are crying foul. Why? Because they know that Gowdy is a skilled and experienced former federal prosecutor whose ability to cross-examine is becoming something of legend in DC. He is a bulldog not deterred by attacks, false allegations, and obstruction. If allowed to pursue a case he will ferret out the truth no matter what the cost (Hmmm.... sounds a lot like the main character trait of true leaders that I address in my book The Leadership Secret). The Democrats don't like the idea that Gowdy's on the case so they are resorting to their old fallback: cover up, distort, lie, demonize the opposition, and change the subject. The Democrat Party has a long history of these kinds of actions and we shouldn't forget that when watching this scenario play out. (see Gowdy in action here)
If we want to understand what we are up against in getting to the truth in these hearings, then we need to understand who Gowdy and the Republicans are up against and what we must do to help. This goes way back to Watergate and even before.
Lee Edwards, in writing for the Heritage Foundation, tells us that when the Senate Select Committee was formed to investigate Nixon's Watergate scandal, the Republicans knew of "a political scandal of unprecedented proportions: the deliberate, systematic, and illegal misuse of the FBI and the CIA by the White House in a presidential campaign. The massive black-bag operations, bordering on the unconstitutional and therefore calling for impeachment, were personally approved by the president. They included planting a CIA spy in his opponent's campaign committee, wiretaps on his opponent's top political aides, illegal FBI checks, and the bugging of his opponent's campaign airplane." But the president who had ordered all of this was not Republican Richard Nixon, it was Democrat Lyndon Johnson who ordered it against his opponent Senator Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign.
So, when the Democrats formed the Senate Select Committee to go after Nixon and the Watergate scandal, the Republicans proposed investigating not just Nixon, but also Johnson. The Democrats controlled the Senate and rejected the idea knowing that it would put a bad light on Democrats. Then, to use it as a means to gain more power, they vilified Republicans by painting them as corrupt and the Democrats painted themselves as the heroic ones cleaning up Washington.
Does that sound familiar? It should. Anyone who's been paying attention to how progressives operate should recognize this as exactly what they do today when they attack their opponents. They vilify them and discredit them so that they have no credibility to the public. That's what the Democrats did when the Republicans tried to go deeper than just investigating corruption in the Nixon administration and open the probe to both parties. But the Democrats were not interested in finding truth or cleaning up Washington. They were only interested in controlling Washington and they knew that if they could paint the Republicans as corrupt it would give them enormous power with the voters. And they were successful.
So, what does this have to do with the House Select Committee on Benghazi? Plenty.
Trey Gowdy and the Republicans on his committee need to understand who they are up against when dealing with the Democrats. Democrats will lie, cover up, distract, and do everything in their power to point the finger back at the GOP instead of joining the GOP to find the truth. They are not interested in truth. They are interested in control.
And if you think that House Speaker John Boehner is going to be supportive of Gowdy's committee, don't bet on it. This is the man who has proven over and over again that he cannot take a stand for principle. He is most likely allowing this committee so he can claim during this year's reelection campaign that he pursued the issue. But he is known for backing down. Just this weekend The Hill reported that he has said that the House will not arrest Lois Lerner if the Department of Justice won't prosecute her in the IRS scandal. And we all know the chances of the DOJ prosecuting Lerner are about as great as the chances of Al Gore's view on
So, it is up to us to keep the pressure on our elected representatives in Washington to hold this administration accountable. It is up to us to make sure that everyone in Washington understands that we support Gowdy and his committee and they better support them, too, or there will be consequences at the ballot box in November. The GOP leadership does not have Gowdy's back so it's more important than ever that we do.
Do I think there will be accountability resulting from Gowdy's committee? Probably not. That's not how Washington works because it's so corrupt on both sides of the aisle that truth is not their goal. There are only a limited few like Trey Gowdy who really want the truth. But what that committee uncovers can be used by conservatives running for office this November as a strong case to clean up Washington.
The future is not in Trey Gowdy's hands. It's not in the House Select Committee on Benghazi's hands either. It'd not in the hands of anyone in Washington. It's in our hands and whether anyone is held accountable will be determined by what Americans do at the ballot box this November.