I don’t like cheer leading. I don’t like saying somebody did something awesome. I prefer to be negative and to criticize. Editorial Cartooning is a negative art form. However there really is not a doubt Hillary Clinton knocked it out of the park during her testimony at Thursday’s Benghazi hearing. She was calm, professional and informed. She knew her business. This is what people mean when they talk about an adult in the room. There were other adults in the room, specifically Ranking Member Elijah Cummings who could have done a mic drop after going off on the Republicans.
The GOP’s plan was to grill her for eight hours or so. Testifying underneath that pressure will make anyone crack. The witness will get testy, lose their temper, become sarcastic and angry. I know I would. I’d be biting heads off within five minutes. Hillary testified for nearly eleven hours and kept her cool the entire time. They even questioned and insinuated that she didn’t care about those lost in Benghazi. Clinton only raised her voice twice and each time it was to defend someone else. I don’t know how she didn’t lose it during Jim Jordan’s machine gun questioning tactic. Somehow the guy can talk without breathing. Also to Clinton’s credit she only laughed once at the stupid questions (Were you alone? Were you alone all night?).
Committee chairman Trey Gowdy said after the hearing he didn’t learn anything. If that’s the case then what was the point for this hearing, after seven other Congressional investigations and 32 hearings? Maybe one of the Republicans could have asked about those who perpetuated the attack, yet they didn’t ask one question about the attackers.
While Clinton represented herself well, and even looked presidential, the Republicans were sweating. Gowdy had a very slick sheen going on during the hearing. Pundits often say the Clintons are lucky for the enemies they have. That is true. The GOP have been very incompetent in their pursuit for dirt on Clinton, as they have been in the past. I believe this is what accounts for their irrational hatred for all that is Clinton.
I believe stupid people are not aware they’re stupid. There will be plenty of conservatives who will say Clinton was terrible. They’ll say she was condescending. Her looks of patience can also be interpreted as one of smugness, but it’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re forced to suffer fools. There are conservatives who are admitting the committee was an embarrassment and they really got spanked. I don’t think Clinton hurt them as much as they hurt themselves. It would help, after all the hearings and investigations, if they had an idea how the State Department worked.
You can focus on emails, who had her email address, if Clinton was alone the night of the attack, why she is friends with Sidney Blumenthal, when she talked to the victims, but none of that helps prevent future terrorist attacks, which is supposed to be the point of the hearings.
There were hearings on 9/11, the Beirut Bombing, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the bombing of African embassies and the USS Cole. Those hearings were to find out failures to prevent the attacks. There should be an investigation on the attack in Benghazi and there’s been eight. After eight investigations and over $20 million it’s not about preventing future attacks. It’s purely partisan and political. A political party should not use deaths of Americans for political gain. This is what the Republicans have done and it’s disgusting.
What does the committee do now? Nobody knows. Not even those on the committee. They’re out of matches and it’s time to wrap it up. If they want to beat Hillary Clinton for president they need to do it on the campaign trail and maybe actually have a candidate who can oppose her who isn’t ridiculous.
I actually watched most of the hearings. I’m a geek like that.