While giving the benefit of the doubt is generally a good concept, Prof. Stephen Carter’s column, Benghazi, Watergate muddled motivations, is politically naive at best.
The GOP’s crafty motivations during the House Benghazi investigation as in previous instances haven’t been muddled, but are clear as day.
Possibly owing to the Republican Party’s tenets and historical track record, which limits their constituency’s numbers, Republicans have, since the Richard Nixon era, engaged in “dirty tricks” to win elections.
So much so, that misinformation and muddling of the issues have been elevated to an art form.
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First, with Lee Atwater, who worked for Ronald Reagan and later asked forgiveness on his death bed for the political wrongs he had committed.
Secondly, with Karl Rove, the Atwater disciple who became a master “dirty trickster” while working for George W. Bush.
And, thirdly, with various stratagems to curtail the vote.
There have been no comparable Democratic Party operatives, other than the likes of James Carville and Al Franken, now a senator from Minnesota, whose functions have been to point out Republicans’ shortcomings and gaffes to mock them.
Carter would agree that democratic systems only work if candidates running for office discuss and clear up the issues rather than creating confusion to obfuscate the public.
Graciela C. Catasus,