Plouffe: ‘Delusional minority’ controls GOP

A former top White House advisor on Sunday said a "delusional minority" is in control of the GOP, adding that there’s “no conspiracy here at all” on Benghazi.

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“What Benghazi was was a tragedy,” David Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week.” “What we need to do is figure out how to prevent it and 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.”

A key email from White House official Ben Rhodes outlining “goals” for the talk-show appearances of Susan Rice, who was serving as ambassador to the United Nations at the time, have given new life to Republican attacks on Benghazi.

Plouffe contrasted the current political environment with the one when the U.S.S. Cole was bombed, killing 17 sailors in the weeks before the 2000 election.

“What did then- Governor Bush say?” Plouffe asked. “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.

“There's a very loud delusional minority that's driving our politics, that's in control of the Republican Party,” Plouffe added. “There's no conspiracy here at all.”

"I can tell you that there's a firestorm out there across America among a lot of -- a lot of Republicans who believe that we have not been diligent in taking this issue on and this email is going to confirm all of that," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said on the same show.