Here's Michael Barone with "Benghazi and IRS targeting: Politics by other means"
What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line. Osama bin Laden was dead. Al-Qaida was on the run. The global war on terror -- well, don't call it that anymore.Remember when this preposterous lie came to light? Suddenly it was all "let's wait for the investigation" and "the situation is fluid." But that Sunday, the spin couldn't wait.
A deliberate effort to mislead the voters was launched. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, White House press secretary Jay Carney and the president himself talked about a spontaneous protest of an anti-Muslim video -- even though no evidence of that came from Benghazi.
The White House and the State Department altered the CIA's talking points -- not just in one minor particular, as Carney claimed, but through 12 separate versions. The Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, armed with the talking points, spoke sternly about a spontaneous protest and an anti-Muslim video on five Sunday interview shows.
And what was the Commander-in-Chief's involvement? Andrew McCarthy suggests it was the sole purpose of "That 10 p.m. phone call":
We do not have a recording of this call, and neither Clinton nor the White House has described it beyond noting that it happened. But we do know that, just a few minutes after Obama called Clinton, the Washington press began reporting that the State Department had issued a statement by Clinton regarding the Benghazi attack.President Checkbox said "keep me apprised of the situation" and got his rest for Vegas.
Extra - Charles Krauthammer: "Redacted truth, subjunctive outrage."
More - Stephen Hayes on the email dump: "Despite the centrality of the YouTube video to the administration’s public discussion of Benghazi, it goes virtually unmentioned in the nearly 100 pages of emails between the nation’s top intelligence and Obama administration officials as they reshaped the talking points provided by the CIA."
Also - Daily Caller: "White House's Benghazi email dump shows critical two-day gap; CIA objection." There's a reason we're not allowed to see the first 67 hours of emails and it's surely not a good one.