‘Why Are They So Bad At This Game?’

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TPM Reader RP wonders why Democrats aren’t going to town over the doctored quotes from the Benghazi emails:

Longtime reader, but this is the first time I’ve commented or written.

Watching the Dems (lack of) reaction to the news that Republicans much fabricated self-serving quotes (or misquoted if you care to be generous about it) from the Benghazi e-mails and fed them to the press makes me wonder (again) why are they so bad at this game?

If Democrats had fed something like this to the press and were found out we’d have seen at least 100 Republican Congressman on TV already using the opening to describe their opponents as unreliable and willing to do anything to win. They’d have explained that the entire Benghazi affair was nothing more than the leaked e-mails writ large — where their political opponents were twisting the truth and presenting misleading information in the hope that something will stick with the public. That they were more concerned with undermining the President and hurting Hillary than in governing. They might even make it a consistent meta-narrative over a period of months calling back to all the other times Republicans had distorted facts to mislead.

Obama? Congressional Dems? They let the media do their heavy lifting, as if they’re somehow above the fray. It’s infuriating.

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