We all have that moment when we see a person and immediately think, dammit they look just like some B-level celebrity. South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy has a unique look. Considering how much national politics my ever-present ADD consumes, I was surprised I was not familiar with Gowdy before he was named by House Republicans to head their Benghazi Select Committee. Yet sitting at a Chuck E. Cheese last night for my stepdaughter’s 10th birthday it occurred to me who Gowdy’s doppelganger was, Carlos Alazraqui. Alazraqui is a very busy voice-over actor, but he’s best known for his role as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911. The Comedy Central show was a spoof of Cops, and that’s entirely appropriate because the Benghazi Select Committee is a parody of actual congressional oversight.
After countless hearings, thousands of documents, and hours of cable news hilarity, why the need for this sudden, “congressional oversight?” The answer is simple. The effort to repeal Obamacare is dead. Add to that the 288,000 jobs created in April and you realize the Republicans have dire need to change the subject. The Republicans would seem not to need Obamacare as an issue for the November midterm elections, since the playing field is greatly slanted in their favor. But looking at the polling last month, many of the at risk Senate Democrats were leading their races. Republicans still have more than a 50 percent chance of re-taking the Senate, but that had to have caused the change in course.
The re-emergence of Monica Lewinsky was particularly ironic in this regard. The Benghazi Select Committee is simply the bastard son of Whitewater. Republicans must be hoping that if they bang this new dead horse hard enough, another intern might pop up.