Thanks to Karen Murphy
(Political Wire) Matt Taibbi: “These morons in Gowdy’s committee were so bent on proving that Hillary is an unfeeling, ambition-crazed schemer bent on riding gleefully to the White House on the corpses of Benghazi victims that they ended up making her look like the one thing she really isn’t, at least not very often: a regular person.”
“Most of us who watched the fiasco imagined what we would do in her position, facing that same ludicrous barrage of circular questions. Most normal people would have done all of the same things she did: sighing, choking back angry retorts, shaking a head in disbelief at times, even laughing at the absurdity of it all.”
“Actually many people would have lost it early on and grabbed Gowdy by his goofy silver fro-hawk somewhere in hour six or seven, a fact that made Hillary by contrast look patient and presidential, in ways her campaign had been unable to achieve all year.”
My comment – Caro:
Not often a regular person? Why is it necessary among so-called progressives to always find something negative to say about Hillary, even in her moments of triumph?
(Media Matters) BOEHLERT: She testified 33 months ago. She answered a lot of these questions 33 months ago. Media Matters has a list of, not only every question she was asked, all of them have been answered. We have been debunking this for three years.
(Media Matters) 316 questions — and we already knew the answers.
(Media Matters) Fox News is obsessively promoting as a “smoking gun” the debunked allegations that Hillary Clinton intentionally misled the public about the Benghazi attacks, knowingly telling the public that an inflammatory video spontaneously inspired the violence while privately acknowledging it was pre-planned. However, Clinton has explained that the State Department’s understanding of and explanation for the attacks changed as “piecemeal” and “conflicting” early intelligence reports were replaced by more reliable information.
Thanks to Matt Davies
(Media Matters) Fox News has repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for linking the 2012 Benghazi attacks to protests over an inflammatory anti-Islam YouTube video in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but on the night of the terror attack Fox News reported the alleged connection on several shows. Several investigations into the aftermath of the attacks also show that the intelligence was fluid and the motivations for the attacks “continued to change throughout the week.”
(Media Matters) JULIE ROGINKSY: … I had dinner with a former ambassador yesterday, I asked him about protocol over this and when this kind of stuff happens you don’t call the secretary of state, you call somebody called the regional security officer, you call diplomatic security and that’s who you call. So for anybody to sit here and say Hillary Clinton purposely let this man die, I think, is a horrible thing to say to her and goes way too far and I think when you have responses like, that’s when people say, okay, this is no longer something that’s a legitimate investigation. In fact, this is just going after her for partisan reasons. If she weren’t running for president, you and I both know she would not have spent 11 hours testifying yesterday.
(Media Matters) ED HENRY: You know what, I think it probably – first of all, I’ll say I don’t give Republican presidential candidates advice, but broadly speaking as a reporter, the Benghazi situation is a clear,important part of Hillary Clinton’s record. She can’t erase it, it should be brought up. But if it becomes a dominant part of the 2016 campaign? It’s hard to see how that’s a winning strategy for Republicans… And I suspect if you’re suggesting that it should be a dominant issue, it might backfire on Republicans. It backfired somewhat yesterday.
(Reverb Press) Republicans may as well have orchestrated a taxpayer-funded day-long infomercial for the Hillary 2016 campaign. Many conservative commentators admitted the obvious — that the GOP had completely blown it, and their Committee looked more like a sinking pirate ship than a serious fact-finding mission. But Fox ‘News’ was not among those that acknowledged the obvious.
In an op-ed that was trending as the most popular article on Fox‘s website as of Friday afternoon, Fox News “National Security Analyst” K. T. McFarland slammed former Secretary Clinton performance in the Benghazi hearings. Since the Committee had not found anything specific to smear Clinton with, McFarland attacked Hillary as vaguely as possible.
McFarland wrote that since Clinton had a perfect performance, she’s inhuman. McFarland also wants the world to know that she SAW HILLARY’S SOUL!
Thanks to Adam Zyglis
(rackjite) Gee I hope Trey Whathisname will be okay after being beat up by a girl, I especially enjoyed Trey Whathisname’s post committee stammering inability to answer “What new things did his committee find today?”
What was cool about the hearing was that all Hillary had to do was just sit there and not tell any of those nastyass Republicans to kiss her ass. They just imploded on their own.
But all is not lost for the GOP or it’s brand. Alabama Representative Mo Brooks says if Hillary Clinton wins the White House Republicans she impeach her on the first day of her Presidency.
Not for Benghazi but for her emails as Secretary of State that put us all in so much peril that… Hmm… Um… That… Well…
(Media Matters) CHRISTIE: But you got to get somebody who can effectively question her and hold her to account. We didn’t have anyone on that congressional committee … who could do that.
O’REILLY: Why do you think that is? Because I told them what to do.
CHRISTIE: They didn’t listen.
Thanks to Occupy Democrats
(Peter Daou and Tom Watson, HillaryMen.com) The reaction to the sadistic Benghazi hearings was near-unanimous: it was seen as a gross overreach by the Republicans and a dignified and presidential showing by Hillary Clinton.
We say “near-unanimous” because there is one notable dissenter: Maureen Dowd.
Dowd has conducted a long-standing personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton from her perch at the New York Times, a publication that has squandered generations of credibility with shoddy coverage of the first woman with a viable path to the presidency…
There is no place in our public discourse for this kind of stereotyping, this rank sexism. No place when Donald Trump does it. No place when rightwing trolls do it. No place when Morning Joe does it.