Obama adviser David Plouffe appeared on ABC’s This Week today and in a classic case of liberal projection, he tried to blame the GOP for politicizing the attack in Benghazi.
Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham was also on the panel and took Plouffe to task.
Transcript via ABC News…
David Plouffe, you’re actually on that email that caused so much trouble this week. It was an email to you and several others from Ben Rhodes. And everybody keying on this line in the — in the — in the email, to underscore — this is the goals of the Sunday morning appearance — “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, not a broader failure of policy.”
A lot of Republicans saying this is the smoking gun.
I know you dismiss that, but was it a mistake not to release this email earlier?
DAVID PLOUFFE, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: No, I think, you know, lawyers have spoken to this and it’s out now. I think, listen, what Benghazi was was a tragedy. What we need to do is figure out how to prevent it from happening again and to try and hold those accountable, as we did bin Laden.
Took a while, but after 11 years, we did.
I think what you see wasn’t the U.S.S. Cole bombing, 17 of our sailors died. The weeks before the 2000 election. What did then-Governor Bush say? It’s time for our nation to speak as one voice.
Now you couldn’t handle that in this party. This has been politicized like we’ve never seen before.
And I think what’s happening, Richard Nixon talked about a silent majority back in 1968. There’s a very loud delusional minority that’s driving our politics, that’s in control of the Republican Party. There’s no conspiracy here at all.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Loud, delusion minority, Laura?
LAURA INGRAHAM, SYNDICATED RADIO HOST: Well, this is why Obama won in 2008. (INAUDIBLE) good. And look, the — what we know now from the email is that from the beginning the administration saw Benghazi as a political problem.
You’re on that email; you were the White House, you know, senior political adviser and this was a political problem. You had a tough campaign; you had Mitt Romney. You didn’t think it was going to be a big blowout at that point.
You said — and I just want to go back. To me this is important.
You said nine on September 30th, September 12, you said in the days afterward, it wasn’t clear that it was a terror attack. You said in November right before the election, you said it’s unprecedented politicization. The politicizing was going on at the White House. And that email was clear evidence of it. And the State Department admitted in the new email just released — Sharyl Attkisson had the report — that the secretary of state, the assistant secretary of state Beth Jones said, Ansar al-Sharia (ph) responsible for this attack.
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