Update: Immediately after we published, news breaks directly related to our topic of the day. We now know: White House holds Benghazi briefing with reporters — off the record:
“If there’s one thing you want to do when accusations are flying about an attempted cover up and a disinterested, collusive media, it’s holding an off-the-record briefing. [snip]
Were they discussing troop movements or something? What reason could there be to go off the record, and why would the press agree to it? If there’s classified material involved, just redact the bits that can’t be publicized. Or maybe I have this wrong; maybe the reason Carney wanted to huddle is because Ron Fournier was onto something this morning in sensing that the White House is trying to point a finger at Hillary and the State Department for redacting the first draft of the CIA’s talking points. For obvious reasons, if Carney wants to steer them in that direction, he wouldn’t want to do it on the record. Then again, there’s no reason to task the White House press secretary with that; if Team O wants to push Hillary under the bus, they’ll do it the old-fashioned way, through anonymous leaks. So again, why is this briefing off the record?
Why this briefing? Because old fashioned anonymous leaks just won’t do. Just wait until the subpoenas start flying. Can we please get a small select committee of former prosecutors with subpoena power and funding? Please!
We’ve been writing about the war from the Obama White House against Hillary Clinton for a long time. We’ve written repeatedly that there is no way the crackpot Obama left is going to let Hillary Clinton be their nominee thereby turning Barack Obama into a footnote to the quadrennial Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton candidacies. We’ve also written that the biggest obstacle to Hillary Clinton 2016 will be Barack Obama and his record of boobery and unpopular “achievements”:
In 2016 the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton is once again Barack Obama – and his legacy of weakness and profligacy. Tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and she loses.
This week is the week that Big Media is reporting some of what our regular readers knew years ago. Ron Fournier at National Journal is warning HillaryLand to buy some metal plates for Hillary’s back:
“Throw Hillary under the bus? In a statement to ABC, Carney notably insulates the West Wing and not the State Department by saying “the only edits made by anyone here at the White House were stylistic and nonsubstantive.” And, with no apparent regard to hypocrisy, Carney criticized the GOP for attempting to “politicize the talking points.”
Keith Koffler makes the warnings to HillaryLand as explicit as can be, with Bumblin’ Joe as the foil:
“Vice President Joe Biden is already staking out his own territory apart from the Obama White House, ground he will need to occupy if he wants to have a chance to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
Biden, a longtime liberal firebrand, will almost certainly seek to portray himself as the candidate of the Party’s left-wing base, stigmatizing Hillary as the cautious standard bearer for husband Bill’s New Democrat moderates. [snip]
A couple of days ago, Biden told a local South Carolina Sierra Club activist that he opposes the Keystone pipeline, lamenting that he is in the “minority” at the White House.
And in a move that set him clearly apart from Obama and which could help cast him as a no-nonsense battler of terrorists, Biden went to Boston and declared that, yes, the marathon bombers were Islamist extremists and that we are indeed confronting a “doctrine of hate and oppression.”
Looks like there will be two political campaigns within the White House: One designed to take back the House in 2014, and another to elect Biden president in 2016.“
Joe Biden is not acting independently of Barack Obama. Joe Biden is being advised by the Obama thugs that smeared Hillary in 2007/2008 and has a ‘get out of jail free’ card from Obama’s thugs. Bumblin’ Joe Biden is preparing to run against Hillary as the Obama acolyte, heir apparent, and the chief warrior of the DailyKooks left. Biden will battle others (such as Martin O’Malley) for that title.
The DailyKooks left once despised Biden as the bankers best friend in the senate. But if Biden bows to the DailyKooks left they will support him if only to get rid of the bane of their existence – Hillary Clinton.
This situation of course puts Republicans/conservatives in a field of clover. For many years we advised Republicans/conservatives to use Hillary Clinton as a weapon to remind the electorate of Obama’s race-baiting ways and nasty disposition. But now?
Well now it is clearly in the strategic and tactical interests of Republicans/conservatives to attack Hillary Clinton, pause for a few minutes, attack Obama, then attack Hillary Clinton, then back to Barack. HillaryLand better wake up to this new dynamic.
HillaryLand better do as we suggested and begin to separate Hillary Clinton from Barack Obama. Hear that Hillary Clinton supporters in the grassroots?
Big Media pretended to be on board the Hillary Clinton 2016 train but that support was contingent on Hillary Clinton being the third Barack Obama term. If Hillary Clinton 2016 was to be the vassal to Lord and liege Barack Obama then Big Media was all on board. But this week the Hillary hate in Big Media came out like acne on a dirty teen.
At Matthews O’Tingles Mudball show, the knife was given to Lisa Myers who declared Benghazi Hearing “Reopens” Case Against Hillary Clinton.
The dependably foolish Joe Scarborough muses “This has the DNA of a Clinton scandal more than it does an Obama scandal, does it not?” Somehow Joe does not realize that it was Barack Obama that was up for election in 2012 and needed to suppress the truth.
Somehow Joe does not know that Tea Party groups were targeted by Obama’s IRS in election year 2012 (complaints from Tea Party groups were airily dismissed by the New York Times). Somehow Joe missed the suppression of an Afghanistan whistle blower and protection of the son of a powerful lobbyist but prosecution of secret service agents. The pattern is there but Joe Scarborough is blind.
At the Washington Post a long time Hillary hater (see, Nexus of Nuts from 2007 to read about this Hillary hater. We wrote that article when we were dutiful Democrats.) by the name of Melinda Henneberger continues her work:
Back to the 90s with Hillary Clinton [snip]
But the longer I listened, the more I realized that the moment evoked by both the questions and the answers was quite a specific one — the 90s, by name. Once again, Republicans smelled blood. But also once again, we were hearing about a give-no-quarter response from Hillary Clinton that seemed to have created more problems than it solved.
In the 90s, it was First Lady Hillary Clinton, with the help of deputy White House counsel Cheryl Mills, who so steadfastly refused to cooperate with investigators looking into the legality of an Arkansas land deal that she looked like she was hiding much more than she actually was.
Even many Democrats came to feel that if only the first lady had been more forthcoming, there would never have been an independent prosecutor in the person of Ken Starr. But, both her legal training and her personal impulse was to give no grain of sand without bloodshed. And it was in that mode — aggrieved, certain, and right in one sense but mistaken in another — that she uttered her infamous remark about the “vast right-wing conspiracy“ against her husband. [snip]
Wednesday’s hearing, however, raised questions about whether she really has learned the management lessons of her time in the White House. Perfectly legitimate issues still on the table include why her State Department didn’t address known security problems despite repeated requests, and why a respected diplomat seems to have been made to pay for asking unwelcome questions. [snip]
Once again, we heard about how ferocious Cheryl Mills was in getting out ahead of any trouble for her boss, angrily phoning Hicks about why he’d met with a Congressional Republican without a State Department lawyer present. [snip]
I could actually see this helping Clinton politically if her critics, who in the past have overplayed their hand, don’t get a grip. But there is clear political danger here for her, too, which this week’s testimony suggests was evident to Team Hillary from Day One.
Her political adversaries are indeed ready to spring back into action as if the years they spent comparing her favorably to Barack Obama never happened. [snip]
And if there’s nothing to hide, then even some belated transparency would help Clinton put the less savory aspects of the 90s behind her for good.
As we repeatedly write, we think Hillary will come out smelling like a rose once the entire story is told. If not, we still want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – under oath.
But Republicans, conservatives, have to be careful as Henneberger writes. Already they are as confident as they usually get before Hillary or Bill El Kabongs them.
Because of a convergence of interests a temporary alliance exists. The temporary alliance between Republicans, conservatives, DailyKooks, Bumblin’ Joe Biden, O’Malley, Barack, and the White House henchmen will have a longer, more profitable, lifespan as long as HillaryLand holds its fire against Barack Obama and his Chicago gang.
For Republicans/conservatives it’s popcorn time. Open warfare erupting between the Clintons and the Obamas, not to mention Bumblin’ Joe regularly shooting himself in the feet, will bring many afternoons of delight. The dangers to Republicans are that certain of their members overplay their hands, again, and El Kabong appears – turning sure profit into loss. A select committee of smart former prosecutors to investigate Benghazi and assorted lies, given appropriate funding and subpoena power, would solve this problem before it sure as shootin’ happens.
In short, Republicans are in clover. They can sit back and ask “so, who changed the Benghazi talking points?” It’s all profit from there. If Republicans are smart and they authorize a well funded select committee of former prosecutors with subpoena power they can begin to force testimony and get answers not suspicions.
Imagine a bushel load of subpoenas to White House personnel who then have to lawyer up and become suspicious of other White House thugs. Soon Tarentino will be able to film a remake of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in the West Wing. Call it Benghazi Unchained.