On This Week's Powerhouse Roundtable on ABC, former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe railed against Republicans "politicizing" Benghazi, calling them " a very loud, delusional minority."
Conservative journalist Laura Ingraham was on hand to remind Plouffe where the blame truly lies. Here is a transcript of the conversation.
Stephanopoulos: David Plouffe, you're actually on that e-mail that caused so much trouble this week. It was an e-mail to you and several others from Ben Rhodes. And everybody keying in on this line in the e-mail to underscore the goals of the Sunday morning appearance, to underscore that 'these protests are rooted in 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 earlier?
Plouffe: No. I think, lawyers have spoken to this and it's out there. What Benghazi was was a tragedy. We have to figure out how to prevent it from happening again. And try and hold those accountable as we did with bin Laden -- took a while, but after 11 years, we did. The USS Cole -- 17 sailors died. The weeks before the 2000 election, what did then Govenor Bush say -- it's time for the 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 is no conspiracy here at all.
Laura Ingraham fired back at Plouffe's assertion.
This is why Obama won in 2008. this guy is really good.
What we know now from the e-mail: from the beginning, the administration saw Benghazi as a political problem. You're on that e-mail. You were the White House senior political adviser. This was a political problem. You had a tough campaign. You had Mitt Romney, didn't think it was going to be a big blow out at that point. You said -- I want to go back -- I think this is important. You said on September 30th, you said, 'In the days afterward, it wasn't clear 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 e-mail was clear evidence of it. And the State Department admitted in the new e-mail just released -- Sharyl Attkisson had the report -- the Assistant Secretary of State Beth Jones said, 'Ansar Al Aharia responsible for this attack.'