Republicans Announce Their #Benghazi Action Team

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May 9 2014 12:48 PM

Republicans Announce Their #Benghazi Action Team

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Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., springs into action.

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The news was broken on Twitter:

Pompeo, an ambitious member of the class of 2010, was the guy rumored to be taking over the House Select Committee on Intelligence during the week. Susan Brooks is a freshman, who came to Congress after a stint as a US attorney. None of these committee members, actually, was elected earlier than 2006. There are no "old bulls," no one from swing seats, and no one retiring this year. There are reasons for this. This committee will be highly watched and frequently televised, and everyone here is good on TV. This committee might also last beyond the 2014 elections.

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Democrats now have the right, according to the resolution passed this week, to appoint five members of their own. There's a growing (but time-limited) argument going on about whether they should boycott, and in my own conversations with Democrats I've heard almost exclusively derision about the existence of this thing. None of them thinks, say, he'd be helped in a future bid for governor or Senate because he appeared on the Benghazi select committee. But the just-play-ball faction seems to be winning out. Rep. James Clyburn, who denounced the committee before a crew of reporters this week, was saying today that the decision had yet to be made.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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