Ah yes, the right, particularly the far right is foaming at the mouth again. Insisting there must be a cover up, a scandal, malfeasance…
So yes- let’s by all means investigate the FBI’s handling of the Petraeus issue. Because I have a feeling the right is about to shoot off some of the last toes they have remaining.
Now, let’s look at a few things…
First- the FBI is headed by a Bush era appointee- Robert Mueller. And the agency itself is overwhelmingly republican.
Now- if the FBI had reported this to Congress and the administration months ago as they should have…what would have happened?
1)Petraeus would have stepped down, and Obama would have gained points- especially with moderate republican women, for standing up for “family values”
2)We would have had congressional hearings on a new Obama appointee during the peak of the congressional election run. A loose-loose for the GOP. IF they were obstructionist they would loose support among moderates. If they acquiesced they would have lost support among the far right. And depending on just when this happened it may have required a special session of congress.
3) The Republicans were positive Romney would win, and that they would retake the senate. So no reason to give Obama an appointee when they could hand it to their party.
4) The consolation prize. As we have seen. Worst case scenario they release it after a loss, and still manage to damage Obama.
So yes, by all means. Let’s investigate. And show the nation who the liars and crooks really are.