Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, takes a sip from a cup in the final hour of a marathon testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

We Know Two Things About Benghazi For Sure

The investigation into Benghazi has released its report in Congress. The Democrats jumped the gun and sent out their own report to try to beat the GOP to narrative setting. But in the Democrats’ report they accidentally showed Sid Blumenthal getting money from the leftwing Media Matters while advising Hillary. They weren’t supposed to leak that.

With the majority report released today, we know for certain two things.

First, we know that the YouTube video that saw its publisher rounded up and carted off to jail had nothing to do with Benghazi. This was a terrorist attack and even internally at the State Department there was shock and dismay at senior level staff blaming the video. We know the response was flawed, we know that more could have been done, we know it was not done, and we know Americans died. The cover up made it more damning. The Clinton campaign claims there was no “smoking gun.” True. But there is an accumulation of evidence to show incompetence.

Second, we know it will not matter. Already the press has chosen to side with Hillary Clinton’s narrative that there is nothing new here. Democrats have overwhelming gravitated to Hillary Clinton and see the search for truth about Benghazi as just a partisan witch hunt. Republicans already hate Hillary Clinton and all the report does is make their hate more palpable. The low information voter getting news from the internet and television is not up on all the details and just sees this as partisan squabbling.

While the report certainly bolsters the case that Hillary Clinton is a liar, the reality is that that perception is already baked into her negatives. It is unfortunate that the truth, damning as it is, will not shift opinion on what amounts to egregious malfeasance in office. But we are in an age now where character does not count.

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