(Talking Points Memo) The U.S. Army said Wednesday that there was no evidence Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his captors during the five years he was held in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Another overhyped “Obama scandal” evaporates. And like all of them, it’s destroyed by only a cursory examination of the facts.

But don’t expect this meme to die. Conservatives don’t stop believing things as a result of the mere technicality that they’ve been proven untrue. Expect the “Bergdahl was a traitor!” BS to continue to lurch along in brainless zombietude, like BENGHAZI!! or Fast and Furious (remember that one?).

A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway — and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened — the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video.

The subject line of the e-mail, which was sent at 9:11 p.m. Eastern Time on the night of the attack, is “Update on Response to actions – Libya.” The e-mail was written hours before the attack was over.

What’s probably happening here is that Darrell’s being pissy. Issa is very unhappy that he wasn’t selected for the House Committee on BENGHAZI!!

There’s a reason for that: Issa’s own dog and pony show wasn’t going anywhere and House Republicans pushed Boehner to launch a Select Committee based mostly on the fact that Issa’s committee’s only real accomplishment was in demonstrating what a nothingburger BENGHAZI!! actually is.

Apparently, Darrell Issa feels that if he can’t make political hay with BENGHAZI!! then no one can. He’s destroyed Republicans’ main accusation in their “scandal” narrative and pulled the rug out from under their committee.


After censure threat, Issa apologizes for silencing dem colleague Cummings.

San Diego Union-Tribune: A chastened Rep. Darrell Issa says he has apologized to a fellow senior lawmaker for abruptly cutting off his microphone during a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa, R-Vista, said he made a personal apology on Thursday to the man he silenced, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

“Mr. Cummings is a member of Congress who works very hard for his constituents,” he said.

Issa’s remarks came during a telephonic conversation with U-T San Diego after a House condemnation resolution pressed by Democrats earlier in the day failed to pass.

The resolution called for sanctioning Issa for “the offensive and disrespectful manner” in which he conducted the hearing on Capitol Hill. The resolution failed on a vote of 211-186 as House Republicans refused to back it.

Video of the incident is above.

Seems Issa was worried that his own shameful and disrespectful actions were getting more press than his kangaroo court of a committee and his heroic efforts to flog this dead IRS horse. But it’s hard to see how he’s going to get any traction with this anywhere but on Fox News, since his witchhunt is so lousy at turning up witches that even he’s getting irritated by it. You don’t literally shut down debate when your argument is a slam dunk, after all.

You do it when you know you’ve got nothing.