In one of her last official acts as America’s most-travelled Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared Wednesday to testify about the tragedy in Benghazi which killed our Ambassador and three others.
Republicans were waiting to get their last licks in on Secretary Clinton (and pray she doesn’t run for President in 2016.) Complaints from the freshman cheap seats and from the past their ‘Sell By Date” fossil obstructionists didn’t stick, except perhaps in the muddled mouthpieces of Fox News.
In a country where the next campaign begins on the heels of the last defeat, with nary a Sandals Bahamas vacation between them, the 2016 race for the White House begins. Grandstanding freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) stumbled into the ring to tell Secretary Clinton that she would have been fired had Paul been President. There’s something we won’t have to worry about.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron “Conspiracy Theory” Johnson (R-Benghazi Broken Record) seems to have crawled in the sack with Glenn Beck to resurrect the drunk ghost of Red-baiter Sen. Joseph “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy (R-Wisc.) looking for subversives under every State Department desk. McCarthy had a brief and noisy reign of terror sixty years ago before disgrace and obscurity left him curled up with a bottle. Johnson’s addiction to obstructionist Tea Baggery, instead of whiskey, might sadly make his liver outlast McCarthy’s.
The GOP, whose idea of “diplomacy” was best exhibited by ex-U.N. Ambassador John “Bull in a China Shop” Bolton, tried and failed to get their “charges” to stick. It worked about as well as the “Mitt WHO?” Romney campaign where Bolton last failed. Let’s remember that this latter-day Ribbentrop was a recess appointment even former President George W. Bush (R) couldn’t sell for confirmation by the Senate.
The Righties forgot the adage that “People living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” The regrettable diplomatic deaths were hardly the first, certainly not in recent memory. If Rand Paul wanted to crucify Secretary Clinton over not reading every diplomatic cable, he might have wanted to look less foolish by considering that, in the rush for “austerity,” Republicans in Congress might not have left public record evidence denying a State Department request to reprogram excess Iraq funds for diplomatic mission security. Open mouth, insert foot.
Yes, the tragedy in Benghazi cost the lives of an Ambassador and three staffers. Despite common disparagement of diplomacy and its practitioners by conservatives, representing America is far from a safe, cushy gig. The Administration laid on a distinguished investigative panel, including former Joint Chiefs Chair Adm. Mike Mullen, USN. The report was hardly a fluffy whitewash. A number of cognizant State Department officials resigned or were disciplined. Accountability.
Grouchy Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blabbered on from his tired U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice smear script with Sens. Lindsay “Tutu Warrior” Graham (R-S.C.) and GOP pom pom girl Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) We liked the old hero McCain much better. Take your Geritol. Make some pot holders.
“If I were President…” intoned our Eddie Haskell smirking, egotistical eye quack. Don’t worry, Rand Paul, that pipe dream is as unlikely as your Daddykins, ex-Rep. Ron “Dr. No” Paul (R-Tex.), having a productive legislative career.
If confirmed to succeed Clinton, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be no doormat. Kerry could school even McCain from his personal combat experience about how much fun it was being shot at by belligerents with assault weapons.
Sorry, Republican bluster bully boys, Hillary Rodham Clinton is so “out of your league.”