Benghazi and the Pool of Time

If anything validates my post some weeks ago (“GOP, RIP”) that the Republicans in Washington are no longer an effective vehicle of political opposition, it has to be their pathetically poor performance in the Hillary Clinton hearings today.

Apart from Rand Paul and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, they looked like trained poodles dancing to the commands of ringmaster Hillary. Every key question—Why the lousy security? Why the foot-dragging response while Americans were dying? Why was Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi in the first place? Why the cover story regarding the video? why is its innocent maker still in jail?-were either botched, dropped, or, worse, turned to Hillary’s advantage. If only Daniel Patrick Moynihan had been there, even for 10 minutes–or Jesse Helms!

But never mind, that train’s left the station. Watching Hillary, and thinking about Obama since his inauguration, made me think of Harold Nicolson’s description of Napoleon on the eve of his invasion of Russia, when he thought he would rule Europe forever:

The penalty of the cynic, who believes that human beings are actuated only by the motives of greed and fear, is that by his very cynicism he arouses passions of humiliation and resentment which in the end prove more potent than any rational calculation…[he] fails to understand that what he dismisses as ‘ideology’ are in fact ideas; and that what he discards as ‘sentiment’ is the expression of deep and powerful feeling.

 Then Nicolson wrote this:

Some seemingly vast event may drop into the pool of time and arouse no more than a sudden momentary splash; a pebble may fall into the pool and create a ripple which, as it widens and extends, can stir the depths.

What we need is an opposition party that can sense what stirs the depths of the American people. We don’t have that yet; but I’m guessing Obama and Co. will give us plenty of opportunities to find one that does.