The political controversy surrounding the terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi has obviously run its course. There was an independent investigation; several top State Department officials lost their jobs; and all of the questions have been answered. There was a tragic and deadly incident, but Republican accusations about a "cover-up" were unfounded.
And yet, some people are having trouble moving on.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday released a statement on President Barack Obama's nomination of John Brennan to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, arguing that the administration's counterterrorism adviser should not be confirmed "until our questions are answered" on the September attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.
"I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate," Graham said in a statement. "In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered -- like who changed Ambassador Susan Rice's talking points and deleted the references to Al-Qaeda?"
Good lord, the "changed talking points" argument again? Does Graham not realize this was resolved over a month ago?
The Republican senator added, "This ever-changing story should be resolved."
And therein lies the point: it has been resolved and the story isn't changing. Graham can keep pounding on the table, and he can even delay a Senate confirmation vote on the next CIA director, but unless the senator can come up with new questions about Benghazi that haven't already been answered, his tantrums are hard to take seriously.