Update: Our next article will answer the question “Why was Susan Rice sent to lie about Benghazi for Obama on the Sunday talk shows and not Hillary?” Tonight, on Fox News, Hillary friend Greta Van Susteren will get a chance to ask Hillary questions.
Greta will probably ask better, tougher (a.k.a. impertinent) questions to Hillary than the guy from Sixty Minutes thought of asking. We hope Greta won’t play pattycake with Hillary as did the “60 Minutes” reporter on pattycake Obama/Hillary interview: They knew we weren’t going to “play gotcha” with them.
We hope Greta, a Hillary friend, still proves true what Margaret Thatcher said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Which brings us to Lindsay Graham.
Bill Clinton impeachment manager Lindsay Graham must be trying to appear tough again. Petulant Lindsay said:
“Hillary Clinton got away with murder in my view. She said they had a clear-eyed view of the threats. How could you have a clear-eyed view of the threats in Benghazi when you didn’t know about the ambassador’s cable coming back from Libya?” the South Carolina Republican told host Greta Van Susteren Monday on “On The Record”.
“Our guys tried to ask questions, she is very good on her feet, deflecting the questions. But she said two things that will come back to haunt her, they had a clear-eyed assessment of the threats in Libya, and they had close contact with the Libyan government. I don’t believe either one of them,” the lawmaker added.”
“Our guys tried to ask questions”. Really? We missed that. Republicans on the House and Senate committees had a well deserved chance to get answers. Did they even try? We saw a fawning display of flattery and bumbling but hardly any questions that hit the mark. Republicans caved on Benghazi long ago and Lindsay should try to devise a coordinated plan of questioning instead of going on TV flinging about the word “murder” as if Vince Foster was back in Lindsay’s impeachment bed.
There is a time to fight and a time to retreat. There is a time to cooperate and a time to obstruct. Being smart is knowing what time it is and doing what that time requires. Being the stoopid party is doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Guess who the “stoopid party” is now?
The GOP is doing all the stoopid things at the wrong time – cooperating with Obama when they should be fighting. Hillary Clinton is doing all the smart things at the right time – lulling the enemy until… – when the time comes the DailyKooks and other Obama supporters will find their heads on the floor separated from their bodies.
The DailyKooks are lulled and gulled but soon enough orders will come down for the opposition to Hillary Clinton to begin from the left. Hillary supporters who have never forgotten or forgiven what happened in 2008 are on the move already:
“A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is launching a campaign to draft her to run for president — the first major push from an outside group for her to run.
The group, “Ready for Hillary,” filed as a super-PAC with the Federal Election Commission late last week and plans to roll out a website in the coming weeks.
It has already been active online, with nearly 50,000 Twitter followers and almost 30,000 people following the group on Facebook.
The effort is being spearheaded by Allida Black and Judy Beck, two longtime Clinton supporters who were on Clinton’s Virginia Women’s Steering Committee in 2008 and helped her raise more than $100,000.
The two also were behind Women Count, a political action committee that ran ads pushing back against calls for Clinton to drop out early from the 2008 presidential race.“
Wise Republicans will stock up on popcorn to watch Hillary supporters go up once again against the DailyKooks. But right now Republicans/conservatives are mostly worried and seeing Obama as a Hillary ally for the nomination fight in 2016.
Two years from now, as it becomes clearer that Barack Obama will do everything in his power to block Hillary Clinton from the nomination in 2016, yesterday’s Sixty Minutes interview will be seen as we have described it not as many others are seeing it (tonight the O’Reilly show will probably be particularly dumb when Karl Rove and Brit Hume join in on this discussion). And a warning from us to HillaryLand: Wake up, Obama will not remain neutral as the efficient Mack McLarty hopes.
No doubt tonight Rove and Hume will repeatedly cite Sunday night’s Sixty Minutes show as Obama embracing Hillary and vice versa instead of mutual convenience for the moment. For Kirsten Powers: That Obama-Clinton interview looked just like “state-run media propaganda”:
“It was really something you would expect from like, the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. … I can understand maybe in agreeing to the interview, letting them have maybe one softball question in the beginning and then move on to more important things. This was a joke. Just not challenging basic things like the president claiming that Hillary’s been a great secretary of state in part because they have dismantled Al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the president not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya? These are front and center in the news right now.”
Poor Kirsten Powers thinks she is in 20th or 21st century America and does not realize we are in Borgia Italy where shadowboxing and palace intrigues are all that matter. Kirsten is not alone in her temporal dislocation. Paul Ryan is suffering from temporal dislocation too.
Poor Paul Ryan wants to get things done. It’s one of the great stupidities of we Obama opponents.
Hillary Clinton is a serious person who has a lifetime of policy work she wanted to accomplish. But in 2008 Barack Obama worked the palace intrigue angles and managed to get Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelousy to gift him the Democratic Party nomination in 2008.
John McCain is a former prisoner of war with a long history of policy work (such as immigration reform) he wanted to get done. Barack Obama played the race card on McCain too and while McCain talked policy and shadowboxed with Big Media and Obama’s cult Obama romped.
Mitt Romney is a career business person who specialized in turning around failing companies. Romney had a career in government too. But Mitt Romney did not realize he was living in Borgia Italy. Romney never took into account that palace intrigues and shadowboxing are what matter in Borgia Italy. Romney made the supremely foolish mistake of selecting a policy man for vice president instead of one that would have been a shield against Obama’s race baiting history.
Paul Ryan is a serious person. He has been a serious person since his father died when Ryan was a very young man. Paul Ryan is a serious man who does not realize he is in Borgia Italy. Paul Ryan wants to get things done so he continues to fight the good fight. On Sunday Paul Ryan appeared on Meet The Press:
“DAVID GREGORY, HOST: It was interesting on the day of the inauguration, Brian Williams and I and others were talking, and we noticed some video during the luncheon after the inauguration. And one of the things that caught our eye was a great moment here. You have your back to us. But there you are speaking, you’re with Secretary Clinton but also President Clinton. And that’s just one of those moments where you say, gosh, what were they talking about? Any advice there coming from the former President?
CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (R-WISCONSIN): We were talking about personal health. Both of us lost our dads when we were young, and we were just talking. I got concussions when I was young, and Hillary was telling me about hers. We were just kind of chumming it up.
Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at the White House, or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.
GREGORY: And you don’t blame conservatives, particularly in the House, for thwarting that effort?
RYAN: Both parties – forget about just the recent past – both parties got us to the mess we are in, this fiscal crisis, Republicans and Democrats. And you know what? It’s going to take both parties to solve this problem. That’s the kind of leadership we need today.“
For his desire to get things done Paul Ryan’s remarks have further angered many Republicans/conservatives.” We can’t blame them. Paul Ryan wants to get things done not just obstruct – even though now is the time to obstruct.
Paul Ryan was not alone on Sunday. With his appearance on the Sunday talk shows Senator Bob Corker employed his time to also discuss Hillary Clinton. Republican Senator Corker had this to say on Fox News:
“Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said the blame for the misinformation about Benghazi lies squarely with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s Sunday talk show appearances, and not with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Asked by host Chris Wallace whether there was truth to Hillary’s phrase that it doesn’t make a difference whether the administration was “telling the truth to the American people” in the days following the Benghazi attacks.
“The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department, and no doubt emanated from Susan Rice on this program and others, on that Sunday morning,” Corker told Wallace.
“She didn’t do it by herself,” Wallace cautioned.
“It was more of a White House political operative deception that was carried out. Not from the State Department,” said Corker. “I do think that Senator Johnson and Secretary Clinton were talking past each other. I understand the point she was making. Certainly, I understand the emotions of the American people who feel like they have been misled and, in fact, Americans were misled in the beginning about what happened around the Benghazi attack.”
Both Paul Ryan and Senator Corker are doing something smart. It might not appear to be so to those that think they live in a 21st century democracy and not Borgia Italy. But what they did was very smart and it is the key to stopping Chuck Hagel and to a lesser extent John Kerry from further destroying this country. But, as we previously promised to answer, that’s for Part II.