Hillary Under No Pressure

Yeah, we were bored too. (Photo Credit: Chip Somodeville/Getty Images)

Yeah, we were bored too. (Photo Credit: Chip Somodeville/Getty Images)

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.

Brush them haters off.

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.

"What? Me Worry?"

“What? Me Worry?”

Mitt Romney: Shut Up, Fool!

Don’t give this dope more chances to say dumb things.

There were other worthy candidates for the Shut Up, Fool! award.  Finding fools that say stupid things in a week’s time is not a problem.  It’s never a problem during election season.  The worst problem is there so much stupidity and so little space to call them all out.

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a strong play for the award.   Speaking at a rally for Mitt Romney he said, “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official.  You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

I feel for your wife, Governor.  Washing your Fruit of the Looms can’t be an easy task.  Mostly because you’re so full of shit.

Then there was Jay “Crybaby” Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears.   Prior to a Thursday night tilt against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler, basking in the afterglow of a Week One victory over the Indianapolis Colts, wished the Packers defensive backs “good luck” in trying to stop his new wide receivers, 6-5, 230 Brandon Marshall and 6-3, 214, Alshon Jeffrey.

The Packers harassed, hit and sacked Cutler seven times and when he wasn’t picking himself off the not yet frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Cutler threw four interceptions and yelling at his offensive linemen.   Marshall caught two passes for a meaningless 24 yards, while dropping a certain touchdown pass in the end zone and Jeffrey added one reception for seven yards.

After the game Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, “I don’t think we were doing anything to him. We were just having ‘good luck’ out there.”

When you flop as spectacularly as Cutler and the Bears flopped the odd of Cutler opening his trash-talking yap again this season should have dropped somewhere between zero and sub-zero.  They probably won’t though because on top of being a crybaby, Jay Cutler simply isn’t very smart.

But there’s no way to take the award away from Mitt Romney.   He worked for it, he earned it and nobody can deny him from it.   Not only was Mittens both stupid and wrong, he was malicious in his callous comments after the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The reactions to Romney’s remarks were swift and savage.

I’ve said all I need to say how craven Romney is and how cruelly indifferent to the deaths of good people trying to do a tough job, he showed to the American people his unfitness for the office of the presidency.  This won’t cost Romeny the election, but it adds to the reasons to vote against him.  I leave the last word on this sorry display by a desperate politician to   former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough who said writing in Politico, ““And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.”

Mitt Romney certainly is ambitious.  He also needs to Shut Up, Fool! 

Mitt Makes Matters Worse

Even before the dead are buried, Mitt uses them for his own purposes.

The day after both presidential candidates called an unofficial truce to observe the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America, Mitt Romney went back on the offensive with a both barrels attack on the Obama Administration. Responding to a statement made by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemning an anti-Islamic video playing on You Tube supported by Terry Jones, the Koran-burning preacher, that had led to violence in Egypt and particularly Libya which had taken the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on his staff.

With less than 60 days to the election, the Republican response to the violence was predictable. We certainly didn’t have to wait for long for the predictable partisan attempt to hang the corpse of Ambassador Stevens around the neck of President Obama.

– At 10:09 p.m. ET, the Romney campaign sends out a statement to reporters. It’s “embargoed until midnight tonight,” i.e., until after the 9/11 anniversary. Romney:

I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

At 10:24, the campaign lifts the embargo and reporters start mentioning the statement.

– At 12:01 a.m. ET, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweets:

Notice that the timestamp says “9:01 p.m.” Twitter’s website is cued to Pacific Time. Both the RNC and the Romney campaign were honoring a 9/11 embargo that ended only when 9/12 came to the Eastern time zone.

Two men have a huge problem here. President Obama because he is the Commander-in-Chief and this crisis is one he, along with Secretary of State Clinton will have to deal with. This is the job. Let’s see how they do it.

The other man with a problem is Romney. He can play to the red-meat base and rip into Obama as a secret Muslim sympathizer and assert control of the situation in a John Wayne way by sending in the Marines to kick some ass. Or he can display some sober reasoning that he may not be in possession of all of the facts (there are reports the attacks in Libya were planned to coincide with the 9/11 observances).
It’s also worth noting how the masters of outrage on the Right have their ass on their shoulders over the embassy’s condemnation of the anti-Islamic film, but the film itself is fine and dandy because it’s protected hate free speech. And it’s very bad form for a presidential candidate to rush to the  microphones and criticize the incumbent during a crisis in a transparent attempt to score political points without waiting for all the facts.

Romney should have been more careful in his criticisms of the Obama Administration. His own lack of foreign policy experience and shoot-from-the-lip attacks on the president could send a signal to Islamic radicals in Libya and Egypt the nation is fractured and confused and lead to the deaths of more American personnel. The easiest thing in the world is to say is “You’re doing it wrong” when you haven’t explained how you would do it right.

Stevens was killed in the line of duty.

Romney has cynically decided there is more upside for him to criticize the State Department and Obama than to show any solidarity with the president when the nation’s diplomats are under siege.

Does offer a word of sympathy to the family of Ambassador Stevens? Does he demonstrate any concern for the American personnel still in harm’s way? Does he possess even a shred of support to the President of the United States in a time of crisis and the day after the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the American homeland.

No. He does not. That would be the decent thing to do. That would be the honorable thing to do. But that isn’t what Mitt Romney does because he is a man of little decency and less honesty. He is the anti-Obama and he can only rip, shred and tear at the president in the hope it will boost his poll numbers a notch or two.

Decency and honesty take extended holidays in the final weeks of an election.

But that’s Romney for you. You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.If he can’t think on his feet he should keep his mouth closed.