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.