What did we learn from the 11-hour “We Hate Hillary” marathon on Capitol Hill before the House Select Committee on Benghazi?
- Hillary Clinton has a friend named Sidney Blumenthal.
- Sidney Blumenthal sent Hillary Clinton a bunch of emails.
- The Republicans have burned through nearly $5 million bucks, dragged on for 17 months (longer than the Watergate hearings) and all they have to show for it is an empty bag of NOTHING.
- Trey Gowdy sure sweats a lot.
Now that the Inquisition is finally over, it doesn’t make any difference if you’re a Hillary fan or consider her pond scum. After 11 hours of a prosecution posing as a hearing, what did any of us learn? How much the Republicans believe Sidney Blumenthal is a force of evil?
Maybe the thought of Trey Gowdy and the Republicans members of the committee was if they put Clinton through a grueling endurance contest, (I’m a politics junkie and I had to bail out) goad her, bait her, insult her, throw her in a meat grinder, surely she would screw up, go off, blow a fuse, and give them something which could be endlessly looped in attack ads, GOP talking points and all over right-wing media
They didn’t they got it. They got an empty bad of air. They certainly didn’t get a “What difference does it make?” moment. Hillary wouldn’t give the Gowdy Gang what they so desperately wanted. They wanted a meltdown. They got a composed, unfazed former Secretary of State who sat there for 11 hours and they never laid a glove on her.
The Republicans did everything they could to bait Clinton into losing her cool short of walking up and slapping her in the face. She just smiled, shrugged and looked as though she felt a pang of sorrow for all this effort expended for so little return.
The Republicans not only failed to make Hillary Clinton crack under constant and relentless pressure, they made her look positively Presidential.
“The reality is that we’ve had eight investigations, we’ve gone through this endlessly,” Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.,) said. “The reality is that after 17 months, we have nothing new to tell the families. We have nothing new to tell the American people.”
“It is time, and it is time now,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) who had slammed Gowdy to his face, “for the Republicans to end this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition.”
Even chief witch hunter Trey Gowdy’s glumly admitted to the press, “I don’t know that she testified much differently today than when she previously testified.” Does that mean Hillary is an excellent liar or proves if you’re telling the truth you don’t have to change your story?
Now everyone can see why Gowdy was telling Republicans to “shut up” about the Benghazi committee. It was never about what happened to the compound in Libya or how four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens had died. It was always and only about one thing: Get Hillary. They could have gone 22 hours and they still would have failed.
The hotter it got the cooler Clinton stayed. Try to imagine Donald Trump or Ben Carson sitting there placidly for 11 hours while seven hostile Democrats try to rip out their spleen. It can’t be done. Carson and Trump would have turned into warm puddles of goo.
Hillary was the adult in a room full of rowdy Republican children. Trey Gowdy tried to make her look like a liar. Instead, he may have made her the next president.