Resurgent Clinton campaign owes a small debt of gratitude to Republicans

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Benghazi hearings show that Clinton lives in a bubble of deniability.

For months, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign labored listlessly under a cloud of doubt after revelations that she had a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of state. Having filed a criminal referral on Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff in the 1990s, Dave Bossie, a former congressional investigator, brings a particular set of skills when he observes Republicans battling the Obama and Clinton team.

Let’s skip past the inevitable — Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee for president — and go straight to the larger probable: America’s first African-American president is, in all probability, going to be succeeded by its first female president. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd Sunday, Gowdy said, “I gave her an opportunity to tell me where the 90 to 95 percent figure comes from. She’s wrong about that.” (RELATED: Oops: State Department ‘Not In A Position’ To Confirm Validity Of Hillary’s Email Testimony) Chuck Todd asked Gowdy if Clinton “was a cooperative witness” and Gowdy said, “She answered the questions, and I would note I don’t think I ever cut her off. In the bipartisan grandstanding of the latest Benghazi committee hearing last week, the mostly inept Republicans managed to extract one piece of information that will stick: that our murdered Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens didn’t have Clinton’s e-mail address. Regretfully, Bossie says in this video interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, “Gowdy was the wrong man to be chairman.” He continues, “there’s a difference between the court of law and the court of public opinion,” and decries “chairmen who believe they’re in a court of law and act as though they are in a court of law.” A revealing Politico story described Hillary Clinton’s surrogates manipulating what the public took away from her appearance before, during and after the hearing.

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) went on Fox News and, floundering to prove his conservative bona fides to be speaker of the House, said this to Fox News host Sean Hannity: “Everybody thought that Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? And Cummings said transcripts of those hearings will reveal the GOP’s true intentions of hurting Clinton’s standing in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. “In the private interviews, there is never any of what you saw Thursday,” Gowdy said.

After months of buildup, Hillary Rodham Clinton finally takes center stage as the star witness in the Republican-led investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. One Democratic National Committee member fretted to me about the possibility that Clinton would perform so poorly in November that Democrats wouldn’t qualify for federal campaign funds in future elections. Those hearings typically only go as long as one hour of questioning from both sides, “which is why you’re going to see the next two dozen interviews done privately.” Gowdy said a public hearing was Clinton’s choice, and that led to the extensive questioning and partisan bickering. “The private ones always produce better results,” he said. Clinton family retainers like Sidney Blumenthal, a notorious conspiracist who was barred from working in her State Department by the Obama administration, were able to reach her whenever they pleased — but men and women on the front lines of dangerous places had to go through depressing, labyrinthine bureaucratic channels.

And certainly not after a loopy Democratic presidential debate that showed Hillary’s only serious challenge coming from Bernie Sanders, a kind of lovable, grumpy uncle who really doesn’t want the job. If that’s your definition of cooperative, yes.” Gowdy is not the first person to question Clinton’s statement that “90 to 95 percent” of her work related emails were already located on State Department servers before her use of a secret private email server was ever brought to light. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens’ requests for additional security before the September 11, 2012, attacks that killed Stevens and three other Americans. Instead, it turned into a really bad, 11-hour version of the Twilight Saga, with Hillary calmly sidestepping a hapless gaggle of Republican werewolves and vampires. I would have to refer you, frankly, to her campaign team, which has used that figure previously, I think, and explained it in a fact sheet that they released.

The five Democratic panel members tried to portray their GOP colleagues as being on a witch hunt and more interested in ruining Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency next year. Jim Jordan that showed that while Hillary Clinton, and the whole Obama team, blamed an anti-Muslim video to Americans, she told her family and the Egyptian prime minister the truth as she knew it then. On July 13, the Democrats began a drama-free nominating convention in New York where they skillfully showcased their presidential ticket to the country. Jim Jordan of Ohio, had sprouted the kind of five o’clock shadow Lon Chaney Jr. wore in “The Wolfman.” And then there was that young, crazed vamp with the stringy black hair, Rep.

Clinton to tell family members of the fallen one thing while telling her family the truth may, with time, end up eroding the Clinton machine’s purported success last week. Think back to the late 1990s, when, after admitting to an extramarital affair with a White House intern, Bill Clinton found himself more popular than ever — particularly among Democrats — after congressional Republicans tried to impeach him despite the public’s skepticism about whether such a punishment was warranted. Depending on how things go a year from now, we may look back on the past two weeks as a similar pivot point in Hillary Clinton’s quest for the White House. In the end, what was supposed to drive a stake through Hillary Clinton’s political heart wound up making her look not just more inevitable, but more presidential. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, say they exposed shortcomings in Clinton’s leadership of the State Department, but there was no smoking-gun moment proving Clinton orchestrated any attempt to cover up misconduct. “If your story about your emails keeps changing, how can we accept the statement that you’ve turned over all your work-related emails and emails about Libya?” Rep.

He calls on President Obama “to put aside his bravado” to allow the truth of Benghazi’s failed policies and processes to be revealed, so that the tragedy of Benghazi never happens again. Clinton repeated earlier statements that using the private email system was a mistake. “But email was not my primary means of communication,” she said. Later in the video interview, Bossie explains the sense of betrayal the grassroots feel at Republican leaders, resulting in the demise of House Speaker John Boehner and the expected rise of Paul Ryan .

Most importantly for Clinton was that establishment Democrats began to openly fret that perhaps she simply wasn’t up to the race and that someone else — such as Vice President Biden — needed to step into the breach. In so doing, Sanders essentially capitulated: The Clintons’ secret email system symbolizes Bill and Hillary character flaws – Hillary’s is her only real point of vulnerability – and Sanders said he doesn’t want to talk about it. The hearing itself allowed Clinton a platform that was perfectly suited to her strengths — preparation and a remarkable tirelessness — and on which she, unsurprisingly, shined. This is why President Obama initially promised to create a team of rivals modeled after Lincoln’s strategy of inviting advice from competing and contrasting sensibilities. Bush, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the anti-Cruz efforts by Republican leaders in the House, Bossie says, “it makes me love Ted Cruz even more.” He says, “Cruz is smarter, tougher and more tenacious” than all these Republican establishment leaders.

He then pushed Clinton on whether Stevens had her home address, fax number or cell phone number, too — reminding her that her friend Sidney Blumenthal does. For more on David Bossie and Citizens United, you can see their work at Citizens United, on their Facebook page or you can follow them on Twitter at @Citizens_United or @David_Bossie. But it would be fun to see him preening on the same stage with her, talking about his book and his billions, before he is ultimately swatted aside like all those pesky partisan mosquitoes on this week’s Benghazi committee. But here’s what the Sherlocks who declare they can’t find a smoking gun miss: There doesn’t have to be corruption or mendacity involved in Benghazi to show poor leadership.

Thomas does not necessarily support or endorse the products, services or positions promoted in any advertisement contained herein, and does not have control over or receive compensation from any advertiser. Attacks on our diplomatic posts overseas are nothing new — bombings and other kinds of attacks are fairly routine — but Benghazi was unusual in that it happened so slowly, over a period of eight hours, that Washington actually could have helped. She was the target of — wait for it — a vast right-wing conspiracy aimed at, yet again, playing politics in hopes of hurting her chances of being elected to office.

And perhaps more importantly, it caps off the best 10-day stretch Clinton could have asked for, which includes the Oct. 13 Democratic debate (where she stood out from the Democratic pack), the Oct. 21 announcement by Joe Biden that he wasn’t running (which eliminated her biggest demographic threat), and the Oct. 22 Benghazi hearing.” “Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), after the 11-hour event, had a difficult time answering the question what new was learned,” Todd and Murray wrote Friday. “How else do we know that yesterday was a disaster for Republicans? She’ll say she is just as sorry and frustrated as anyone else, she will promise a full investigation that will take several convenient months to complete, the press will lose interest and some other disaster will await its turn to surprise the boss. Clinton was unflappable even as some Republicans on the panel took gratuitous shots at her, spun personal theories about her motives, and even questioned whether she cared about the fate of the survivors of those attacks,” Hayes wrote. “But she was “impressive” only if the words that passed her lips were immaterial to evaluating her overall presentation. She revealed Thursday that she sees it as essential for America to project its influence around the globe, but only in the half-assed way we did in Libya (helping to oust a strongman but doing nothing to fill the resulting void, resulting in chaos). “Retreat from the world is not an option,” she testified. “America cannot shrink from our responsibility to lead.

Yet donations have been flooding into campaign coffers since Clinton’s testimony wrapped late Thursday night, thrilling Clinton fundraisers, Politico reported. Biden, however, seems to have made Bernie Sanders’ same calculation: Truly running against the Clintons means not only invoking Benghazi and the email controversy, but also employing phrases and images such as “transparency” and “trust” – and perhaps even “impeachment” – and discussing the $150 million the Clintons have pocketed from book sales and speaking fees since arriving in Washington in 1992. Over the past month, they have pulled off a trick that Clinton never could seem to do herself: They have turned her into a sympathetic and more appealing figure for Democrats and lots of independents — whom she will need in a general election. Moreover, what those hearings showed, coming in the wake of Biden’s demurral and Bernie Sanders’ docility, is that Hillary appears to be on the verge of inheriting a unified Democratic Party. That was their story, and they stuck to it, just as Clinton clung to her dubious claim that some obscure anti-Muslim video was thought to have prompted the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi that took four American lives.

No one who has watched her for the 24 years she’s been in national politics would doubt it, and that trait was on display for the better part of nine hours on Thursday. As they were saying this with straight faces, an army of Clinton’s minions was feverishly dispatching a torrent of tweets, emails and other rhetorical stink bombs lauding Hillary’s every answer while sliming Republicans who dared to question her. But Obama is leaving office after 2016, and what Schiff was indicating, whether he meant to consciously or not, was that from here on out they are all Clinton Democrats.

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