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Hillary Clinton Made Republicans On Congressional Committee Look Like Yahoos

October 23, 2015

There has rarely been a serious moment for the Republicans in congress who seem hell-bent on making every partisan move known to man regarding Benghazi in order to up-end the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton.  Over and over those attempts have not unearthed any new information.  Over and over the bottom line has been there is no wrongdoing regarding Benghazi on the part of Clinton.   Instead the endless investigations has made the GOP members look desperate.

The GOP committee that took 11 hours yesterday to put on their show needed to have been aware of something many learned in high school when running for student council.  A person is a leader only if one has followers.  If not, then a person is just out for a walk.  In the case of Benghazi the nation is not listening to the Republicans.

I thought of that on Thursday when I watched two hours of the proceedings. (One hour in the AM and one in late afternoon.)  I was stunned to see how little grasp the committee had on what image they were transmitting to a nation that does not in the main think yet another investigation into Benghazi is in anyway warranted.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand knows more about politics than the whole committee combined and it showed.  Had the chairman asked for another couple hours we would be ready for Clinton’s inauguration.  It was that much of a rout for the Republicans.

What I liked best about the day was when Hillary made the Republicans out to be what we know them to be–what they have demonstrated to the nation to be.  Simply yahoos!

Peter Roskam, of Illinois, was laying out a scenario in which Clinton’s assumption of a leadership role on Libyan policy “didn’t come easy,” when he stopped and said, in case he might be overwhelming her, “I can pause while you’re reading your notes from your staff.” Clinton replied, “I can do more than one thing at a time, Congressman—thanks.” A minute or two later, Roskam said, “Go ahead and read the note if you need to.” This time, Clinton laughed. “I’m not done with my question,” Roskam said; he was just doing her a “courtesy.” “That’s all right,” Clinton responded, with a friendly wave of her hand. From then on, she was in control. “I’m sorry that doesn’t fit your narrative, Congressman. I can only tell you what the facts are,” she told Jim Jordan, of Ohio, who is the chairman of the Freedom Caucus. As he spoke, she rested her chin on the palm of one hand, as if he were not much more than a loud boor at a party who, puzzlingly, doesn’t seem to know how he sounds. When Lynn Westmoreland, of Georgia, informed her that he spoke slowly, Clinton laughed again and said, “I lived in Arkansas a long time. I don’t need an interpreter.”

Clinton has been immersed in politics for decades, and yet the panel managed to make the contrast between her manner and the ways of Washington look stark. She appeared to be a sensible outsider. At 7:15 P.M., nine hours after the hearings began, Martha Roby, of Alabama, asked Clinton about her movements when she went home on the night of the attack. “Were you alone?” she asked. Yes, Clinton said. “The whole night?” Clinton started to laugh once more. “I don’t see why that’s funny,” Roby said. Not funny, perhaps, but, like the Benghazi committee itself, absurd.


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