Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy's gaffe on Benghazi.

Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe on Benghazi.

EVERYONE KNOWS the definition of a Beltway “gaffe,” which Michael Kinsey described as inadvertently telling the truth. What the new speaker of the House wannabe Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity qualifies as a whopper of a gaffe. It’s what we all knew to be true from the start.

Reporting from MSNBC

“What you’re going to see is a conservative Speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?

“But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.”

From the Washington Post

The interview ran late Tuesday night, giving Hillary Clinton’s campaign and allies time to prepare a counterattack. They — and Democrats, generally — had always described the May 2014 creation of the Select Committee on Benghazi as a political fishing expedition. All of a sudden, McCarthy was saying so, just to mollify a partisan conservative TV host. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon quickly argued as much on Twitter.

“The political hatchet job at taxpayer expense that is the current Benghazi investigation in the House has been officially exposed by who else – the future Speaker of the House,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of the pro-Clinton rapid response group Correct the Record. “We have been saying for years that Republicans were exploiting the deaths of four Americans for political gain. Kevin McCarthy just admitted it. Disgraceful.”