Continued from page 1

As that number neared two-thirds of the Republican membership, however, “leadership” aggressively discouraged others from joining in, but many signed on anyway.

This brings us to where we are today: 189 of the 232 House Republicans are now on record co-sponsoring the bill demanding a select committee. That’s eight out of 10 House Republicans.

Mr. Wolf is right when he says that “outside groups deserve more credit than Congress” for uncovering crucial Benghazi details. Mr. Wolf is also right when he says that “it is startling how little progress has been made in this investigation” and that “the lack of answers is inexcusable.”

What excuse can Mr. Wolf and his co-sponsors possibly have for not being able to carry the day in the House Republican Conference?

How can 81 percent of House Republicans unite on an issue the country needs and clearly supports, and still manage to be on the losing side within their own party membership? The answer, of course, is that while they have talked a good game, they haven’t truly tried.

Mr. Wolf and his Gang of 189 House Republicans have thus far failed to do anything bolder than whine, wring their hands and meekly complain that someone else — Mr. Obama or Mr. Boehner — isn’t getting it done.

What they should have done long before now is confront the speaker both publicly and before the House Republican Conference and give him this ultimatum: If you make the select committee a reality and you like your job, you can keep it.

If they don’t wise up and do this very soon, the conservative movement should launch a crusade to force House Republicans to do the right thing. We need to judge our elected representatives not just by what they do, but also by what they fail to do.

Fred J. Eckert twice served as a U.S. ambassador under President Reagan and is a former Republican member of the House of Representatives from New York.