WELL ALL RIGHTY THEN. THAT’S DONE.
CLINTON TURNS BENGHAZI HEARING INTO WORKSHOP ON DIPLOMACY AND STATECRAFT WHILE DEFTLY FENDING OFF THE SLINGS AND ARROWS REPUBLICANS LAUNCH IN HER DIRECTION
Watching the Benghazi Hearings up on Capitol Hill this morning and it occurs to me that this could be a shining moment for Hillary particularly after the motives of the Committee and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) have been savaged over the past couple of weeks. Just watching his opening statement and he is aggressively outlining the case for his committee, setting the bar very high, in fact, and arguing that the Benghazi Committee is not out to “get” Clinton but only interested in ferreting out the truth about Benghazi, what happened before, during and after the attacks that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
I’m thinking that Gowdy’s severe opening statement (taking the opportunity to chide the Democrats on the Committee as well) will probably energize Hillary into her combative mode in which she is at her absolute best. What Gowdy may not realize, is that Hillary Clinton comes prepared when the chips are down, when she is challenged either personally or professionally, and she is unafraid to respond to attacks against her. She’s been doing this since her husband was President, she First Lady, over twenty years ago. She knows what she’s doing. So let’s see what happens.
As an aside, I’ve met Hillary on several occasions since her daughter Chelsea and my daughter went to the same school, Sidwell Friends, and played field hockey together. We exchanged greetings and pleasantries while standing at the edge of the playing field as we cheered our respective daughters on to victory. I found her friendly, funny and more like all the other moms standing there watching their progeny running around chasing a ball than anything else. I’ve also had occasion to “chat” with hubby and President Bill Clinton when I stepped on his left foot during a Back To School Night, but that’s another story.
Kudos to Elijah Cummings for his strong condemnation of Gowdy, the Committee and the Republicans who have not called the Secretary of Defense nor the head of the CIA to testify both of whom were intimately involved in Benghazi, to say nothing of the head of the NSA. Curious isn’t it that the Committee calls the former Secretary of State but not the Government officials who were responsible for establishing the U.S. facility (one or both CIA facilities) in Benghazi.
Hillary’s opening statement? What you would expect – calm, measured, relevant and to the point. (Can you say “wonky”? Sure. This is Hillary’s modus operandi.) She is responding to her first questioning from Congressman Roskam (R-IL) and she is giving him lessons in diplomacy and statecraft, something I would say every single Republican member of the Select Benghazi Committee sorely needs.
Well all right then. Eleven hours of hearings and Gowdy has to “look at the transcript” to find our whether any new information was revealed? Really? After eleven hours under intense partisan grilling from the Republican members about e-mails and Sidney Blumenthal that had nothing to do with Benghazi and when asked by a reporter what new facts emerged he can’t come up with even one without checking the hearing transcript?
WHAT THE FUCK?
The true value of those eleven hours of dogged questioning was allowing Hillary Clinton a platform from which she could showcase just how intelligent, how thoughtful, knowledgeable and just how presidential she is. Even the lip-churled questions from Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), (the rabid hatred pouring forth from every pore of his face was clearly visible) Freedom Caucus Tea Party asshole that he is, couldn’t shake Clinton’s confidence nor knock her off game even though he tried as if his life depended on it.
But it’s all done: charred, skewered, and served up on a golden platter of Republican malfeasance. Benghazi is done. Will there be more hearings? More closed door testimony? More subpoenas? Probably since the Republicans don’t seem to know when the game is over. But the sordid, sleazy, disgusting degenerate game of “Let’s Drag Out The Bodies Of Four Dead Americans One More Time So We Can Prevent Hillary Clinton From Becoming President” is clearly, at long last and forever finished.
Have A Good Day!