Hillary Clinton will be okay


I watched a lot of the Benghazi hearing yesterday.  Republicans didn’t show themselves well at all — and mostly came off as petty, vindictive, and ineluctably partisan, without any hint of  broader leadership or purpose.  Hillary, on the other hand, came off splendidly.  Over and over again.  And despite many trying moments, aggressive questions, and personal insults.  I have not been a big Hillary supporter to date.  But yesterday it hit me that – barring some unforeseen event – she actually is going to become the next U.S. president.  And that won’t be so bad, esp. considering the alternatives.  Much as Bernie is to be admired for his clear-sightedness regarding the too-great influence of money and power in our top-heavy current mode of governance, a Democratic Party nomination for him would pave the surest path to a Republican president, even a President Trump.  I don’t know how the Republicans can manage to come up with such turkeys for their primary seasons.  The only Republicans even barely worth considering are Kasich and Rubio, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere.  Jeb isn’t near as bad as his brother, but he seems to be getting no traction at all.  Carson seems a nice enough guy, but it would be ridiculous for the United States to elect him president.  Trump is, of course, a catastrophe waiting to happen.  Hillary’s performances in the debate, and especially in yesterday’s grueling hearings, has pushed me past a point of inflection on her:  she’ll be okay.  I wish it weren’t her; I wish we had another shot at John Kerry, at this point, for instance – who has shown himself to be a very capable Secretary of State.  But she’ll be okay.  I think. Yes, okay.

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5 Responses to Hillary Clinton will be okay

  1. ronroizen9 says:

    Notable: There’s an excellent review of the hearing and Hillary’s and the panel members’ conduct at The New Yorker’s” blog this morning, by Amy Davidson — here, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/hillarys-moment-at-the-benghazi-hearing?

  2. ronroizen9 says:

    Another good review of yesterday’s hearing, by Dan Balz at the Washington Post. Wrote Balz: “The party’s ills seemed to crystallize in the hearing room on Thursday in ways that likely worry many Republicans. All the denials in advance that damaging Clinton was not the main goal of the committee were overwhelmed by the tone, tenor and subject matter of much of the questioning by the Republican majority.” His column is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/benghazi-committee-reflects-a-broader-breakdown-of-the-republican-party/2015/10/23/c3ec439c-79a5-11e5-b9c1-f03c48c96ac2_story.html

  3. ronroizen9 says:

    Another notable review: David A. Graham, at The Atlantic, argues that the conservative print and TV press have also conceded the hearing went well for Clinton and not so well for the Republican panelists. Here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/conservative-media-hillary-clinton-benghazi-committee/412117/

  4. Charley says:

    If you want to view it as a political performance I’ll concede. But a short news span. If you want to view it as one of 50 (20 more to go) of all testifying before the Bengazzi committee, it will provide a longer impression of her untrustworthiness and the “video is the cause” lie. Using her just seen e-mails and communication to governments of Egypt and Libya the night of the attack, the political spin 6 weeks before a Obama election was wrong. Wanting Libya, Bin Laden, etc. to be a success should not be a reason to lie to the American people. Had there been honesty in our government, the election may have been different. Obama administration has more to lose than Hillary. That will be the bigger finding. Hillary will be affected since she was Sec of State
    Lastly the revelation that Hillary used a private server to conduct State dept business will be the nagging question for her trustworthiness. The release of her e-mails after 2 years is not acceptable. Saying that “7 or 8” committees have already exonerated Hillary and the Obama administration with no lessons to be learned is another egregious statement. They NEVER got or had Hillary’s e-mails.
    The FBI investigation into the server and e-mails will drag well into the election cycle. And that is not a Republican inquiry. Only the Obama White House could affect that result. Ugh!!
    So we all have something to “gain”. Hillary/Democrats…short term. The Republicans….long term.

    Isn’t political spin frustrating?

    • ronroizen9 says:

      Sorry for the delay in posting your comment, Charley. For some reason it never made its way to my Outlook email inbox. (Maybe my Outlook has a “Democrats Only” screen!) I only found it when I checked undelivered mail on the Frontier web page for email accounts. Thanks for the comment.

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