Twelve years is a complete cycle in the Chinese zodiac calendar.
In 2001, it was the year of the snake, as it is now.
And snakes have emerged on the Republican side by using this 12th solemn anniversary of one of the worst days in American history to hammer President Obama.
To Republicans, what happened last year in Benghazi, Libya, is far worse than what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, in the homeland.
This is how divorced from reality the GOP has become.
It's another reminder of the sleaze that permeates the GOP brand.
But, there's more.
The Oregonian reports that state Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, got a most of his money from a hedge-fund manager who recently got arrested in a prostitution sting.
Conger, naturally, doesn't think it will have an impact on his potential U.S. Senate run.
Well, something similar had no impact on state Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, when he won his most recent race in 2012. Knopp's big campaign donor was Loren Parks, a Nevada millionaire who promotes his sex tips on the internet.
Of course, the irony is that both Knopp and Conger consider themselves holier than thou, but have no problem accepting big bucks from sleazy millionaires. Yes, typical Republican hypocrisy.
That's to be expected in the year of snake or the rat or the goat or dragon or pig ...