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Clinton Conquers, Republicans Ron Johnson and Rand Paul Crushed [Video]

It’s been a great partnership. President Obama chose right when he selected Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – 2009)

“I’m not sure she had rehearsed for that type of question,” Johnson told BuzzFeed Wednesday afternoon, after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me.” [Buzzfeed]

REPUBLICANS TRIPPED over their feeble attempts at verbal jujitsu. They served up their best talking points, even went so far as to suggest she should have been fired for not reading State Department cables. Clinton lowered the boom on that silly notion and in the process finally removed any remaining doubt that Senator Rand Paul is anything but an uninformed, foreign policy challenged, preening grandstander. Clinton so demolished Republican Senator Ron Johnson that he resorted to cheap sexism to soothe his crushed ego.

At one point Secretary Clinton had to fight back laughter when Senator Rand Paul actually asked if we were shipping weapons from Libya to Turkey. “To Turkey?”, she asked incredulously. It caught Paul channeling Fox News “sources.”

During her House testimony, Clinton also unpacked why Paul’s arrogant notion that if he were president, a fantasy itself, she would have been sacked for not reading State Department cables, by offering up a whopping number and a dose of reality, too.

“1.43 millions cables a year come to the State Department and they are all addressed to me. They do not all come to me.” – Secretary Hillary Clinton

Republicans were foolish enough to think they could corner, fluster or get the better of Secretary Hillary Clinton, instead of concentrating on their job. This starts through having the humility in the first place to be willing to discover, through mining Clinton’s vastly superior knowledge of statecraft and diplomacy in dangerous regions, how they as members of the House can make certain that Benghazi like attacks never happen again.

Instead, from Senators Ron Johnson and Rand Paul to members of the House, Republicans one by one illustrated their hyper partisan game plan towards Clinton, proving they weren’t there for information, but had come to continue their Benghazi witch hunt.

The mission to hang Benghazi around Clinton’s neck was never going to be successful.

In the case of Benghazi, Clinton was in no danger of being hitched to a shooting Starr. She did the smart thing and appointed an Accountability Review Board headed by the likes of Mike Mullen, the retired admiral and former Joint Chiefs chairman, and the legendary diplomat Thomas Pickering. There’s no better “scandal” management than leading the charge to get to the bottom of things. – Why Benghazi Hasn’t Brought Down Hillary Clinton—and Won’t

Not only did Clinton show up fit and ready for verbal battle, but she didn’t need talking points to get the better of the boys or the singular Republican female they allowed to speak. It takes policy expertise and vast professional experience, not to mention time put in on a job, to so ably talk extemporaneously, transparently and with no agenda or concern for anything but offering all the information she could on the events of Benghazi, and to do so with such alacrity.

Even Senator John McCain, with his continued dissatisfaction with everything associated with President Obama’s foreign policy, didn’t have the spine to suggest any of his displeasure with what happened in Benghazi had anything remotely to do with Secretary Clinton’s failure. But he was still displeased with what she said, because there was nothing that anyone from the Obama administration could offer that would have altered his present persona of an angry old man.

When Secretary Clinton left the building, she left a pile of vanquished partisan Republicans in her wake. They better get used to it.

Coming so shortly after President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, this week has been Christmas in January for Democrats.

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15 Responses to Clinton Conquers, Republicans Ron Johnson and Rand Paul Crushed [Video]

  1. Art Pronin January 24, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    I agree! Johnson and Paul are in deep sh-t come 16 if the werent already. If Hillary runs or even if not Bill at minimum will be orking like heck to take these 2 dudes out.

    • Taylor Marsh January 24, 2013 at 12:31 am #

      Rand Paul actually has delusions that he can be president!

      Oh, Run, Rand, Run.

      It will tie the GOP establishment up in knots.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter January 24, 2013 at 5:45 am #

        Indeed…PLEASE let this issue from the loins of Ron Paul run…..PLEASE!!!!!

    • Solo January 24, 2013 at 5:43 am #

      I just can’t imagine Sec. Clinton not running. The GOP sees the Hillary locomotive coming straight at them and they are desperately trying to derail it. They didn’t see the Barrack Obama train coming until it was late but they sure do see this one.

  2. fangio January 24, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    I see the Hillary fan club is alive and well. Johnson was right; she just didn’t want to answer the questions ( being guilty and all ) so she channeled Oprah instead.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter January 24, 2013 at 5:49 am #

      I see the Obama/Clinton Derangement Syndrome virus is still active in a tiny fringe of the populace.

    • angels81 January 24, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      I see all fangio did was exchange “Obamabot” with “Hillary fan club”, otherwise the rest is the same old rant.

  3. jinbaltimore January 24, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Have to laugh at Johnson and ALL of these other republicans so fixated on the American public being “misled” for a few hours/days by Rice’s comments.

    “Today’s Republicans, the Party of Transparency!” no.

  4. Solo January 24, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    OMG! That was a complete wipe out! Hillary2016!

    • spincitysd January 24, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Don’t cross Hillary unless you have a party of highly trained Sherpas and purpose built equipment.

      • newdealdem1 January 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

        huh? This has nothing to do with being crossed. With that comment you sound no better than Limbaugh, Hannity and all the right wing hysterics. But, that doesn’t surprise me coming from some left to far left men who behave until today just as disgracefully as their far right wing brethren. Sad.

        Johnson is a jackass and he proved himself that once again with Senator Kerry during Kerry’s confirmation hearing this morning. He showed himself for the fool he is looking to make a name for himself by exploiting the tragedy in Bengazi who imo didn’t give a tinker’s damn what actually happened and how to we fix it. But, all he did was expose his own inadequacy and clown persona. He will never get beyond the ‘stature’ of bottom feeder.

        Unfortunately, CNN had him on as did MSNBC (I don’t watch Fake News so cannot comment but I have a strong suspicion he was one the featured guests) giving him the spotlight this peacock shit-bag, know-nothing desperately craved.

        Same for Paul, his brother in bottom feeders and a legend in his own mind. He hears 2016 calling but all he did was to continue to call attention to himself as the laughing stock moron that he continues to embody.

        I hope Paul runs in 2016. That clown show and his overblown ego and pompous display will be delicious to watch and impode in public.

        Hillary Clinton humiliated them both and I loved everyone nanosecond of that lesson she gave them.

        Same for Kerry.

        • spincitysd January 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

          Let me clarify, you don’t mess with HRC unless you have all your ducks in a row and are sure of your facts. You do not go after her if all you have is wing-nut talking points that have no basis in reality.

          The Republicans thought they had set up a Lion’s den for Ms. Clinton, but only proved themselves to be the most feckless of kittens. Johnson especially came out badly as a rude, uninformed, brow-beating jackass. And Paul’s preening “if I had been president” proved for any sentient being why he should not be in that position–ever.

          Those crass, foolish troglodytes thought they could play Ms. Clinton for partisan advantage, they were way wrong. Hillary finally unleashed the wrecking ball on them and left their egos in ruins. So I repeat, don’t mess with HRC, don’t try to play idiotic partisan reindeer games with her because she will make you out to be the fool you are.

          • jjamele January 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

            None of the attackers- not Johnson, not Paul, NONE of them- were interested in getting answers, only in getting on television and radio asking the questions. Their fans watch Fox News and listen to Limbaugh and Hannity exclusively, and you can bet that over there Johnson, Paul and the rest are being portrayed as heroic, dignified investigators who were just doing their jobs. No one who voted or plans to vote for any of these guys is a Hillary Clinton fan; on the contrary, they probably loathe the Clintons only slightly less than they loathe Obama. I doubt any of them will suffer politically from what happened in that hearing room; if anything, they’ll use their questions to raise money for their next campaigns.

  5. newdealdem1 January 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Thank you, Taylor, for what you wrote here. Spot on and great read! Christmas in January, indeed! :)

  6. DaGoat January 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Assuming the point of the hearings was to find out what happened and keep it from happening again, neither party should be particularly proud. Neither the softball butt kissing of the Democrats or the crazed gamesmanship of the GOP helped accomplish that goal.

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