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Jonathan Bernstein

Benghazi Shouldn't Worry Democrats

Republicans' planned House select committee isn't legitimate.
Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democrats seem to be hotly debating whether to boycott the House select committee that Republicans have said will investigate the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

The Democrats' response one way or the other doesn't matter for electoral politics. Barring any extraordinary revelations -- and none is even hinted at in the public record so far -- voters aren't going to care about Benghazi in 2014 or in 2016. Scandals can hurt presidential approval (which in turn can hurt the president's party in elections), but it's hard to imagine a less promising "scandal" than this one.