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When I saw that President Obama had decided to nominate Victoria Nuland as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs that struck me as a pretty frontal ‘There is no Benghazi scandal; get over it‘ to Senate Republicans. After all, Nuland was the voice of the State Department in the Benghazi ‘talking points’ saga.Now to be clear, not only do I not think there’s anything remotely scandalous about Nuland’s role in the Benghazi story. She is anything but a partisan. She’s a career Foreign Service officer who has served in Republican and Democratic administrations. She was an advisor to Dick Cheney around the beginning of the Iraq War. So she is by any reasonable measure an utterly non-controversial nominee.

But then, if you think there’s a big Benghazi ‘scandal’ she’s at the heart of it.

Yet, Sens. McCain and Graham are both singing her praises. So what are we to conclude about the Benghazi ‘scandal’? Just politics? Old news?

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