Ever since Benghazi first became a hot-button issue in Washington, Hillary Clinton has been struggling with how to handle her past failure in light of an impending run for the White House in 2016. At first, she thought she could get away with staying on the same page as the administration, blaming the terrorist attack on a YouTube video, just as Ambassador Susan Rice and Barack Obama himself had done. According to author Ed Klein’s new book, “Blood Feud,” Bill Clinton wanted Hillary to resign from her post at that exact moment, so as not to get caught up in the whole YouTube fabrication. But Hillary ultimately continued operating in her position, and when that lie eventually proved less than fruitful, she tried to ignore the incident altogether. But eventually, she was called to testify before Congress, and that’s when her most unfortunate and arrogant “what difference does it make” response was on display for the whole world to see. Since then, the former Secretary of State has been at a loss for what to do. Daily Surge’s own Jason Mattera confronted her just two weeks ago, and she was back to ignoring the thing. On her book tour for “Hard Choices,” her explanations for Benghazi have been uneven, to say the least. But that’s mainly because she hasn’t been truly challenged on it yet, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she has had certain members of the media in her corner who really should know better.
With all that said, it’s only logical that Bill Clinton has been deployed to handle this one. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” we got to see a much more in-depth version of David Gregory’s interview with the former president, and one of the key moments can be seen above, as Clinton remarked:
“When ten different instances occurred when President Bush was in office where American diplomatic personnel were killed around the world, how many outraged Republican members of Congress were there? Zero.”
Those are among the strongest words we’ve heard from The Clintons on Benghazi so far, politically speaking. I’ll save the accuracy of that comment for a separate post. After all, it only makes sense to attack one’s critics as hypocrites when there’s no good explanation for the original blunder. But is it a sign of what’s to come? Will we see Hillary take up this mantle personally and start attacking Republicans for her own mistakes? Or will she be content simply letting Bill fight her battles? “What difference does it make” may have been enough for Hillary to skate through on in early 2013, but it’s clear that both of the senior Clintons now realize that the way they respond between now and the next presidential election WILL make a difference.
This is getting juicy, folks.
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