Republicans Are Really Stoked About This Benghazi Select Committee

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May 2 2014 1:54 PM

Republicans Are Really Stoked About This Benghazi Select Committee

Totally stoked.

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It would be a mistake to move on from the topic of the long-awaited Benghazi select committee without noting the reaction of the Republicans who demanded it. Since the start of 2013, almost every Republican in the House had signed on to the bill that would create a select committee. They're celebrating in their own ways. Oklahoma's Jim Bridenstine has his own iconography for the occasion.

Pennsylvania's Patrick Meehan borrows some from the speaker.


Texas' Michael Burgess is measured in his praise, and remembers the victims.

Florida's Ron DeSantis is just "pleased."

Like DeSantis, Michigan's Bill Huizenga approves of the Gowdy choice—and wants a little credit for making this happen.

Arizona's Paul Gosar responds more in sorrow than in triumph.

Oregon's Greg Walden, who chairs the committee tasked with electing Republicans to the House (not a hard job, this year), is blandly supportive.

And unsurprisingly Michele Bachmann is a little more florid.

According to National Journal's Alex Seitz-Wald, someone tweets about Benghazi every 12 seconds, on average. Many of these people currently hold safe seats in Congress.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


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