Quote of the Day: Lindsey Graham Goes Too Far Even for the Wingnuts

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From Dan Drezner, responding to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s morning tweet about Ukraine: “It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.”

#headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk #headdesk

Seems about right.

What’s remarkable is that Graham’s tweet has even sparked some criticism from the right. The only problem is that I can’t figure out exactly what their beef is. Michelle Malkin, whose picture is used to illustrate the phrase “over the top” in the dictionary, says that Graham is “an embarrassment to all who truly care about Benghazi. Just stop.” But I can’t quite parse that. Obviously Graham cares about Benghazi. Nobody has been more rabid on the subject than he has. And conservatives certainly believe that Obama’s weak-kneed response in Benghazi was just another in a long line of weak-kneed responses to other global strongmen.1 So what’s wrong with Graham connecting the dots to Putin?

Everything, obviously. But what I mean is, what’s wrong from the perspective of a Benghazi cultist? I don’t get it.

1They also believe a lot of other stuff about Obama’s handling of Benghazi, far too much to summarize here. But weak-kneed is certainly part of the critique.

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