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It seems to us: Gagging on a disaster, happy camper Rob Ford and the GOP knives are out

Good to know President Obama can still keep a sense of humor, as he demonstrated at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last weekend.

The prez got a lot of laughs with, “In 2008, my slogan was ‘Yes, we can!’ In 2013, my slogan was ‘Control-Alt-Delete.’ ” But perhaps his biggest laugh came at the end of his shtick when he tried showing a farewell video that failed to load properly. Who came to the rescue? None other than Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and the one person blamed the most for the health insurance website’s disastrous rollout.

If she had paid as much attention to preparing the website as she did on the gag about it, maybe she wouldn’t be the outgoing secretary of HHS.

Who knew rehab could be so much fun? And that you could be the mayor of a major city and keep your constituents in the dark about where you are?

Such is the life of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who took a leave of absence to seek treatment for substance abuse. Where is anyone’s guess; officials aren’t talking and Ford isn’t telling. This much we know: It’s a blast. Ford told the Toronto Sun on Tuesday: “I feel great. Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to as a kid.”

We’re not sure, but we don’t think rehab is supposed to be like football camp.

And they’re off. It’s Benghazi investigation No. 576, kicked off by the Republican House just in time – what a coincidence – for the 2014 election season. It’s politics as the right has played it over the past several years, but even more transparent than usual.

The deaths of four Americans at Benghazi was a tragedy and it is possible, even likely, that the Obama administration could have done more to prevent them. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted as much. But there is not a whiff off credible evidence of anything more nefarious than the Obama administration’s confused efforts to communicate information and, yes, to offer a view that was least damaging. There is absolutely nothing but Neanderthal politics to suggest the need for the kangaroo court that the House has convened.

Where were Republicans, by the way, when 93 people were killed during 13 embassy attacks during the administration of George W. Bush? This is pathetic.

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