Chait: Benghazi Investigations ‘One Notch More Respectable than Birtherism’

New York magazine columnist Jonathan Chait appeared on MSNBC with host Alex Wagner on Friday evening to preview what he thought a special committee to investigate the response to the Benghazi attacks would look like. He said that the “discourse” on the right about the deadly 2012 attack is “one notch more respectable than birtherism” and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has avoided establishing such a committee for fear that his conference members would go overboard in attacking the administration.

“At this point, I think they just need to say, ‘Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton,’ and keep saying that for like the next two years,” Wagner began. She said that the proposed committee was “the most exciting thing that’s happened in conservative circles possibly in years.”

“That’s the place that this has occupied in the discourse,” Chait said after Wagner noted that retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) expressed her satisfaction with Boehner’s decision on twitter. “It’s like one notch more respectable than birtherism.”

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She said that Republicans like Bachmann, “who are a little bit too embarrassed to be birthers, but not quite embarrassed enough to be this,” are most enthusiastic about this prospect.

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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