This story was more or less lost in the noise of yesterday's palace intrigue, but it's too important to simply let lie. Do yourself a favor and click through to Gowdy's letter before proceeding any further.
Read the entire thing. It's extraordinary, on several levels: First, Gowdy summons his prosecutorial vigor to absolutely demolish the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Democrats have seized upon erstwhile Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy's ill-advised comments to try to shut down the panel's probe -- a continuation of their ongoing, partisan efforts to dismiss its focus as a "phony scandal" and to portray the investigation as a political witch hunt. Gowdy has been unsparing in his rejection of McCarthy's since-abandoned characterization and unflagging in his defense of the committee's work. In response to Democrat Elijah Cummings' endless attacks and accusations, the South Carolina Republican drops the hammer: