Inside the Beltway: The ‘nontheists’ get political

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STILL EXCEPTIONAL

Putin op-ed? What Putin op-ed? “Most U.S. voters still subscribe to the view that there is something special about America,” says a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters released Sunday. It found that 59 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the United States is more exceptional than other nations. Just 27 percent disagree, with 14 percent more who are not sure.”

The poll, incidentally, was conducted Thursday and Friday.

STILL QUESTIONING BENGHAZI

The one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Benghazi. Libya, has come and gone, with few answers, scant attention and a greater sense of tragedy rather than resolve. Rep. Steve Stockman is having none of it, though.

“If four members of Obama’s personal staff had been killed there would rightfully have been a full investigation and congressional hearings. But not one perpetrator has been brought to justice and requests for witnesses and information have been blocked,” the Texas Republican declares.

“Not one survivor has been allowed to testify to Congress and repeated requests for information have been blocked. Two different hearings have been canceled after witnesses were confronted and some intimidated,” he continues.

The lawmaker notes he has filed a discharge petition to force a vote of the full Congress on legislation already introduced by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, which would create a select committee with full subpoena power to investigate Benghazi, once and for all.

“The survivors and the victims’ families deserve answers and all Americans overseas deserve to know why their commander in chief left men to die at the hands of terrorists,” Mr. Stockman adds.

BROOKSISM

For the temporary lexicon: New York Times columnist David Brooks has identified a new trend in the Grand Old Party that appears to alarm him: “the rise of Ted Cruz-ism.”

Mr. Brooks tells PBS: “Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in more as a media-protest person. And a lot of the House Republicans are in the same mode. They’re not normal members of Congress. They’re not legislators. They want to stop things. They just want to obstruct.”

The point of Cruz-ism is the 2016 presidential election and “to take over the Republican Party and for Ted Cruz, it’s potentially to get the nomination.” Mr. Brooks concludes.

Interesting to note the diabolical Mr. Cruz’s latest tweet, issued Sunday: “I hope you’ll take a moment to say a prayer for those affected by the Colorado floods.”

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