Spoilers for a 30-year old Matthew Broderick/Ally Sheedy movie: In the end, the AI running the Pentagon's nuclear missile program realizes that 80's era nuclear war is bad with the above title quote. Fast forward to Washington DC today and Democrats have again hit upon this same quote as the correct response to the GOP's ludicrous Benghazi idiocy.
Although the GOP bill creating the select committee passed the House on Thursday, the offices of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are in talks to define rules that will govern the panel in the face of Democratic allegations that Republicans simply want to embarrass the White House ahead of this year's elections.
With that in mind, Republicans proposed several overtures on Friday, which were soundly rejected by the Democrats.
"I consider it a slap in the face," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said after a closed-door meeting with Democratic leaders in Pelosi's office in the Capitol. "It is actually worse than the current situation that we have in Oversight and Government Reform [Committee]. It's a step backwards."
In a Friday letter to Boehner, Pelosi echoed that message.
"Regrettably, the proposal does not prevent the unacceptable and repeated abuses committed by [Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)] in any meaningful way, and we find it fundamentally unfair," Pelosi wrote.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said, "The ball is in their court."
Hopefully Democrats will continue to remember this lesson. For the GOP to get any traction on this mess, they require willing participation from the Democrats to give the circus any sort of legitimacy. All the Democrats have to do is refuse to oblige them.