Democrats have adopted a dismissive, almost bemused posture when it comes to the conservative fixation with the 2012 attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, confident in the knowledge that the facts bear little resemblance to what they see as the right’s conspiracy theories.
On one hand, they’re right. Countless congressional committee reports, administration probes, and journalistic investigations have cleared then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing, and found there was little else the Obama administration could have done once the attacks began. “Ghazi” has become shorthand for a partisan-driven scandal.
But Democrats are in denial if they think Benghazi won’t be an issue in the 2016 presidential race, should Hillary Clinton run.
A new poll from Pew Research Center and USA Today shows the danger. When respondents were asked to name in their own words the biggest negative for Clinton from her long career in public service, the most common response was Benghazi. Sure, it’s only 15 percent who gave that answer, but that’s still a lot.