On his Wednesday MSNBC program, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough questioned claims that once the facts emerge about last September’s deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the incident will rival other presidential scandals like Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair.
Scarborough rejected that notion and expressed his confusion as to why Republicans would think the Benghazi whistle-blower hearings will be political gold for their party.
“So, Chuck Todd, explain what’s going on with people like Steve King — who I was on the House floor and talked to a leading Republican the day that they got sworn in. And it’s time we were talking about taxes. We were talking about budgets. We were talking about all these other things, and this senior Republican I who got great respect for said, ‘Benghazi — this will turn the American people against Barack Obama.’ And I looked at my friend of 20 years, I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ Now, listen, I want the investigation. Wrongdoers need to be — but I don’t understand why conservatives believe that this is somehow the Holy Grail politically. But they do, they do.”
Scarborough said that is not the way for Republicans to win in the upcoming midterm elections.
“Let me just say again for my conservative friends on the Internet, if there is wrongdoing, I want it sniffed out, and I want them thrown in jail if they have committed crimes, blah, blah, blah,” he continued. “But this, Chuck, is not the Republican pathway to victory in 2014.”
Todd attributed the enthusiasm to the opposition party trying to use the powers of Congress to throw a spotlight on wrongdoing of a president. He referred to congressional Democrats during former President George W. Bush’s last two years of office and congressional Republicans during former President Bill Clinton during his last two years in office.