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Thursday, October 22, 2015

What I Think

I think that the Select Committee on Benghazi has just paved the way for Hillary Clinton to be the next President on the United States. 

Yesterday was a busy day. Tom and I walked 3.5 miles in the morning and then went out into the yard to work, continuing the fall clean up. It was 1:30 before I came in to take a shower and get my lunch. Then I sat down to peruse the newspaper.  At 3:30 we left to attend Isaac's track meet.  On the way home we picked up a roasted chicken for our dinner and hurried home to watch the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

Whenever I was in the house - before our walk, during the brief time before going outside to work, during my extended lunch hour- I turned on the TV to CNN to see what was happening during the hearings.  When I turned on the TV at 5:40 to watch football, I noticed that the hearings were still in progress.

Hillary Clinton was questioned for eleven hours!  I saw some of the questioning and some analysis from CNN staff. In those snippets I formed these opinions: the Republicans on the committee tried their best to antagonize Secretary Clinton, asking similar questions over and over again, fishing for any possible mistake to jump on; the Democrats on the committee used their time to invalidate the committee and support Clinton; Hillary Clinton appreciated their help but didn't need it. 

Hillary smiled her Mona Lisa smile, remained calm and collected, and repeatedly answered their questions, while wondering, sometimes out loud, what those questions had to do with the stated purpose of the hearing, which was to try to determine why security was breached at the consulate in Benghazi and what could be done to prevent similar events from happening in the future. 

All of the answers to all of the questions were already on record, from previous hearings from the at least seven other Benghazi committees. The only thing new was the release of the Clinton emails.  Clearly they had searched those emails for ammunition, but having come up empty, they tried to create false red flags. Hillary simply took the wind out of their sails and those flags didn't fly. 

Secretary Clinton sat calmly by, with a wry smile, as the committee members shouted and bickered with each other. While she treated each member with respect, her smile changed from calmly engaged to bemused, to slightly exasperated, and faded completely as she told of the multiple attacks on that September 11, 2012, including the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.  

Did we learn anything from these eleven hours of testimony? From the frustrating looks on the faces of the Republican committee members, I think not.  Why?  Because there was  nothing more to learn.  The facts had already been ascertained. There was  nothing more to discover.  With all the hype about the emails, there was no there there. 

Hillary Clinton proved that she could be calm under fire. While you may hear from some disgruntled Republicans that she was not forthcoming, that is not the case.  She answered their questions and supplied all the considerable information she had. It just wasn't what they wanted to hear. 


Hillary Clinton passed the test. She demonstrated that she is better prepared to be President of the United States than any other candidate, Democrat or Republican. In trying to bring her down, the Republicans gave her the stage to secure her nomination and most likely her election. 

Way to go, Hillary.

Oh, and by the way, the Seahawks won!

13 comments:

  1. I was out hiking, but I watched the highlights when I got home (about the hearings, not the Seahawks) and was totally impressed with Hillary. She's got my vote! :-)

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  2. Thank goodness it went well for Hillary. I appreciated your commentary since I've been rather out of it this month. Congratulations on the Seahawks. Sigh... So sad for the Cubbies. Ahhhh well.... Maybe next year.

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  3. She is the slickest politician I know and has more "outs" than anyone. God help us if she becomes president....my opinion.

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  4. Remember she is married to slick Willie. I lost all respect for her when she didn't kick him to the curb after Monica. If she is the Democrats best it is a sad day in America:(

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  5. I agree with you. Considering what we're facing now in the Republican Party she's the only candidate equal to the task. My trust level of Bill & Hillary is not high but certainly more than the trust I have of any Republican candidate. Shutting down the government over Planned Parenrhood? Think people think, absurd. When they shut down the government what does that mean? Does that mean closing the Pentagon, bringing the troops home, cancelling defense contracts, furloughing government employees, bringing the International Space Station down, stopping all government research, stopping Railroads, the mail, government funded education, just what does shutting down the government mean?

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  6. This post made me happy to read. I'm even happy about the Seahawks because that means my hubs will be happy. :-)

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  7. I think I will vote for Hillary, if no one else is worth voting for.

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  8. They did everything but water board her and she shined. She had my vote before, now there is no doubt.

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  9. Sometimes the clowns put their foot in their mouths and sometimes it helps somebody else.

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  10. Bravo for Hillary. I love the way you described her face as she answered questions. You are right she showed the country what she is made of when she is under fire. Hillary has my vote.

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  11. Yes, God help the USA if she is elected as President! Did you not hear that she and OBama knew it was a terrorists but opted for politics before the election. And threw those men to their deaths! No feeling at all for those heroes and their families.

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  12. Linda, yes I did "hear", and I also "heard" that theory completely refuted. But then we all have the right to choose what we want to believe.

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  13. So, I'm hearing you say that you won't be voting for Donald Trump? :)

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