Hillary Clinton’s day-long grilling on Benghazi was a weird composite of farewell testimonials by her own party members and hostile Comedy Central roast by Republican pygmies.
After blocking the nomination of Susan Rice as her successor, John McCain and his cronies at one point reduced Clinton to tears with their carping, only to be outdone by Colorado Sen. Ron Johnson who kept badgering the Secretary of State as she raised her voice:
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," she said, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."
Johnson capped the day by accusing Clinton of “theatrics,” telling a reporter afterward that “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.”
Rand Paul harrumphed that as President he would have “fired” Clinton for her Benghazi failure which, in view of today’s approval ratings, may have been the sickest joke of all.
For sane observers, her day in the dock was a masterful demonstration of command, competence and deftness in deflecting attacks on what started out to be an election ploy against Obama last fall and has morphed into a preemptive strike against a possible Clinton candidacy in 2016.
In other news, the Pentagon announced that it was lifting the ban on women in combat. Hillary Clinton spent the day demonstrating that at least one of them was up for anything that hostile forces can aim their way.