Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton takes those mugs on and wins! (So what's new?)

So yesterday was the day Hillary Clinton finally testified on the Benghazi tragedy at hearings in both the House and the Senate.  The Republicans have been after her for months now to get it done, but things happened, including Influenza and her fall and subsequent hospitalization for a concussion in late December. (A clear stall, wicked lady. Hmmpph!)

No surprise, was it, that if the Republicans pushed that hard to get her on the stand, it would be theater less like Shakespeare's Globe and more like Gonzo Gaiety.  Satisfying, isn't it, that they didn't disappoint?

I don't know about you, but they far exceeded my expectations.  Those rascals did what they set out to do and the results were pretty much as predicted (by some of us.  Yea, verily, most of us).  Hillary the Indomitable chewed them up and spit them out, one by one.  I watched in horrified awe as they each entered the arena--impatient, it seemed, to become her next victim.  What were they thinking?

Kentucky's whippersnapper-in-residence, Rand Paul, probably couldn't know that lecturing in slow-drawl ("I'm glad that you're accepting responsibility. I think ultimately with your leaving that you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that"), was about as effective as my then-six-year-old assuming some sense of superiority by shouting, "I hate you!"

He must not have been looking at Hillary when he said it, because, already oblivious to his own sense of proportion when it comes to tragedies (Really, Randy? 'The worst tragedy since 9/11'?? Let's just look.), he went on:  "Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi and from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it's inexcusable."

Well, now, sonny, you'd best get hold of yourself.  "Inexcusable" is a mighty strong word.  It's been known to come back 'round and bite a busy body in the ass.

Ron Johnson, Republican senator from Wisconsin, harped on and on about the initial protest reports until Hillary forcefully reminded him, "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk that night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."

(Johnson the senator later told a radio host, "It was theatrics.  She didn't want to answer questions so she makes a big show of it.")

Later, John McCain tells Hillary her answers are "unsatisfactory" and then goes back to questioning why the State Department called the attacks "a protest" way back in September when it turns out they weren't.  (Note to John:  See Hillary's answer to your good friend and colleague, Ron Johnson, above. Now get outta here.)

These hearings were not set up to get answers to the Benghazi raid, they were set up to get Hillary.  Everybody inside and outside those rooms knew that--the Republicans bent on bullying her; the Democratic Greek Chorus determined to defend her, the millions of watchers hoping to see a catfight.

Everybody got what they wanted.

And in the end Hillary took the blame, told the truth and won the day.  Because she's Hillary and they're so not.

(Cross-posted at Dagblog, as always.)


Unknown said...

When the low-brow Rand Paul asked Hillary about the sales of arms to Turkey, you could see the incredulity on her face. Jaw-dropping stupidity much, Dr. Paul? Of course I would expect no less from a man too stupid to pass his medical boards, forcing him to create his own board and declare himself certified. He's not a doctor; but he plays one in Kentucky.

Great post as always, Mona. "President Rand Paul" Bhahahahahaha...

Beth said...

It was a delight to behold. I'm still smiling!

Ramona Grigg said...

I really need to learn more about Rand Paul's failure to pass the med boards. Sounds fascinating!

And the picture is hilarious. Thanks, Linda

Ramona Grigg said...

Me, too, Beth. I don't think they meant for us to be laughing at them--clueless twits.

Phoenix Justice said...

I am still trying to get over this meme that Secretary Clinton "faked" her flu and her fall to get out of the "hearings". I mean, knowing Secretary Clinton and knowing she has the biggest cajones in the room, wouldn't the Republicans have tried to NOT have her "testify"? This also why I wish she had won the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination, instead of our Milquetoast President:She's a true born fighter.

Mac said...

Why does Rand Paul's hair always look like he just fell out of bed? Doesn't the man own a comb?

Cthulhu said...

He's harboring an unruly weasel on his head.

Ramona Grigg said...

Good point, PJ. They're so clueless they didn't think she would get the best of them. Everybody else knew she would, of course. Now they have to go through the embarrassment of trying to pretend she didn't. And all they've got is phony talk.

I think we'll see a different Obama this time around, but I'm ever the optimist so what do I know?

Ramona Grigg said...

It's part of his casual look, I guess. Goes with the drawl.

Neal Anderthal said...

I can't understand why Rand Paul and his father were not sued for fraud. I am guessing that board certification must bring some kind of monetary benefit or they would not have cared. If I told someone they should hire me as a lawyer because I passed the bar and it turns out the bar was Mulligans Bar and Grill I would think I'd be in a heap of trouble.

Unknown said...

Ramona Grigg said...

That is pretty damned damning evidence. . .another Teflon Republican. Why haven't the Dems used this against him?? Oh, it's because we don't fight dirty. How dirty do you get by telling the truth?

We really have to work on educating the Dems before 2014!

Thanks so much for sharing this, Linda. It's a wowser.