You lie

According Public Policy Polling (via Balloon Juice via No More Mr. Nice Blog) 41% percent of Republicans think Benghazi is the “biggest political scandal in American history”.

Most of you 41%ers are lying. I’m sure plenty of you believe that there was some kind of big cover-up involving Benghazi, but I don’t believe that most of you think it’s “biggest political scandal in American history”.

As for the third of you who don’t even know where Benghazi is, including the 6% who think it’s in Cuba, I’m not sure if I should count you among the liars or not. If you don’t even know where Benghazi is the proper answer to “Do you think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history, or not?” probably should have been “Not Sure”. On the other hand, you are extremely low information voters who form opinions based on little or no evidence, so maybe “It is” was indeed your most honest guess.

As for the other two thirds, most of you know that Benghazi isn’t the biggest scandal in U.S. history. A lot of you know that it’s not even a real scandal. Maybe you’ve somehow convinced yourself that Obama is a murderous Islamic fundamentalist who loves homosexuals more than he loves God and in that frame of mind you’re willing to accept the most outrageous accusations. But convincing yourself of a lie in order to spread more lies is still lying.

The only scandal is the wild accusations and the obscene partisan effort to use the tragic deaths of four Americans to achieve a political victory for ideas which could cannot be won on their own merits.