Republicans on Wednesday seized on the State Department inspector general’s report finding that Hillary Clinton flouted agency rules with her private email server, saying it’s just the “latest chapter in the long saga of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment.”
“This detailed inquiry by an Obama appointee makes clear Hillary Clinton hasn’t been telling the truth since day one
, and her and her aides’ refusal to cooperate with this probe only underscores that fact,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Although Clinton has long claimed her practices were like those of other Secretaries of State and allowed, the report states she was in clear violation of the Federal Records Act.”
Hillary might not be indicted, but the fall out will be a continual drip throughout the summer campaign.
, I remember the 55 MPH speed limit in the 1970’s.
Are we returning to Hillary’s nostalgic past or Jerry Brown’s less is more?
Was there EVER any doubt that Hillary Clinton would NOT run for the Presidency?
Publicly, Clinton insists she’s many months away from a decision about her political future. But a shadow campaign on her behalf has nevertheless been steadily building for the better part of a year — a quiet, intensifying, improvisational effort to lay the groundwork for another White House bid.
Some of the activity has the former first lady’s tacit approval. Some involves outside groups that are operating independently, and at times in competition with one another, to prepare a final career act for the former senator and secretary of state, whose legacy as the most powerful woman in the history of American politics is already secure.
More than two dozen people in her orbit interviewed for this article described a virtual campaign in waiting — a term that itself makes some of Clinton’s supporters bristle — consisting of longtime Clinton loyalists as well as people who worked doggedly to elect her onetime rival Obama.
It has been obvious that Hillary would be the 2016 Democratic nominee for President. The Dems really have no one else that could beat any of the GOP frontrunners – a weak bench so to speak.
And, with Congress and Washington “This Town” life resuming tomorrow in D.C., Hillary is staking her claim.
A couple of days later, it fell to the 45th president-in-waiting to encapsulate the ethos of the age in one deft sound bite: What difference does it make? Hillary Clinton’s instantly famous riposte at the Benghazi hearings is such a perfect distillation that it surely deserves to be the national motto of the United States. They should put it on Paul Krugman’s trillion-dollar coin, and in the presidential oath: “Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?” “Sure. What difference, at this point, does it make?” Well, it’s the difference between cool and reality – and, as Hillary’s confident reply appeared to suggest, and the delirious media reception of it confirmed, reality comes a poor second in the Obama era. The presumption of conservatives has always been that, one day, cold, dull reality would pierce the klieg-light sheen of Obama’s glamour. Indeed, that was the premise of Mitt Romney’s reductive presidential campaign. But, just as Beyoncé will always be way cooler than some no-name operatic soprano or a male voice choir, so Obama will always be cooler than a bunch of squaresville yawneroos boring on about jobs and debt and entitlement reform. Hillary’s cocksure sneer to Sen. Johnson of Wisconsin made it explicit. At a basic level, the “difference” is the difference between truth and falsity, but the subtext took it a stage further: no matter what actually happened that night in Benghazi, you poor sad loser Republicans will never succeed in imposing that reality and its consequences on this administration.
Can’t really say this was a good performance by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, testifying before Congress on the September attacks in Libya that killed four Americans, warned Wednesday that the United States must not retreat from hazardous diplomatic posts overseas.
“We have come a long way in the past four years, and we cannot afford to retreat now,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “When America is absent, especially from unstable environments, there are consequences. Extremism takes root, our interests suffer, and our security at home is threatened.”
Clinton’s voice broke moments later when she told the committee her commitment to the safety of diplomats is more than professional.
“It’s personal,” she said, describing the sight of the four returning coffins and the grieving families there to receive them.
It was an uncharacteristic display of emotion for Clinton, who is usually collected and reserved in public.
In one of her last duties as America’s top diplomat, Clinton went to Capitol Hill on Wedneday to testify before committees of both houses of Congress and answer questions about the attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The attacks killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans and exposed lapses in judgment and security at the State Department.
Hillary showed the emotion, but did not answer the questions with alacrity. She evaded, and dissed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, while accepting responsibility for the Benghazi disaster.
Questions will be more pointed this afternoon in the House.
I don’t think she will get away so easy.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a joint news conference with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr after her meeting with Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi .. Reuters Photo
There is no doubt in my mind after reading this Clinton Cabal type puff piece in the Washington Post.
On a recent Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walked with her husband onto a stage at the New York Sheraton to cheers and whoops and a standing ovation that only got louder as she tried to quiet things down.
It was a friendly crowd — the annual meeting of her husband’s foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative — and people may have been eager to hear her speech about using U.S. aid to target investment barriers such as old land tenure laws. But really, they were there to see her.
“She’s just looked so sad and so tired,” said Ritu Sharma, a women’s rights activist, referring to Clinton’s appearances in the days after the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
They wanted to defend her, to rave about her, to say how sick they were of people talking about her hair, and then to talk about her hair, which, several men and women offered, definitely looked best in a simple chignon.
Mostly, though, people wondered what the woman walking across the stage — now smiling as a soaring, presidential-sounding score began playing — would choose to do next. Maybe now, in her final months in office, she would provide a clue.
Bill and Hillary Clinton looked at each other and laughed. He rolled his eyes.
Then she began talking about how effective development can advance global peace and prosperity — the sort of long, detail-laden speech that Clinton has given a thousand times, the kind that says exactly nothing and everything about her future.
In recent weeks, Hillary Clinton has reiterated that she will not stay on for President Obama’s second term, unleashing fresh waves of speculation about her plans.
The only unknown will be Obama fatigue and if the economy tanks after the implementation of ObamaCare.
Vice President H.W. Bush was good at riding President Reagan’s coattails for his one term before Ross Perot and Bill Clinton sent him packing. Can Hillary do the same with President Obama?
But, barring ill health Hillary will take a few months off after leaving the State Department, write a book, raise money for Democratic congressional candidates in 2014 and plan her campaign.
Now, with this knowledge will the GOP be able to prepare a strategy to retake the White House?
The answer is: NO
The State Department confirmed late Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet in New York on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he delivers a speech to the U.N. General Assembly likely to focus heavily on the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
The meeting, which arrives amid heightened concern in Washington about the possibility that Israel is preparing a pre-emptive military strike against Iran, rounds out a week in which Mrs. Clinton has taken the lead for the Obama administration in connecting face to face with Middle Eastern leaders after the widespread anti-U.S. demonstrations that swept the region.
While past U.S. presidential election years have seen incumbents from both sides of the isle avoid the hectic schedule — and sensitive politics — associated with such high-level U.N. meetings, Mr. Obama has faced harsh criticism for opting to personally avoid them this week.
In his place, Mrs. Clinton has met with, among others, Presidents Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Mohamed Magariaf of Libya — three nations in which the anti-U.S. demonstrations tied to the recent YouTube clip denigrating Islam’s Prophet Mohammad were the most fierce this month.
As soon as November 6th passes, Hillary Clinton will be all in – whether Obama wins or not.
According to a new report written by New York Times best-selling author, Ed Klein.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed by her husband and a top Obama aide to consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks ago, claims the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Amateur.”
But Clinton, exhausted from four years of international travel and diplomacy, shrugged off the suggestion to lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side, according to author Ed Klein.
“As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary Clinton was interested in replacing Joe Biden on the ticket,” Klein told Secrets. “Bill Clinton, I’m told, was urging his wife to accept the number two spot if it was formally offered. Bill sees the vice presidency as the perfect launching pad for Hillary to run for president in 2016.”
He made similar comments Thursday night to CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. The White House has dismissed speculation of a Clinton for Biden swap despite a string of recent gaffes by the vice president.
Klein, whose book is No. 2 on the NYT bestseller list, quoted unnamed sources who revealed that top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett put the vice presidency on the table during a lunch with the secretary of state. “The lunch was ostensibly about policy issues, but the subject of the vice presidency came up,” he said. “Hillary told Valerie Jarrett that she was not interested in running as Obama’s vice president.”
Klein said she cited two reasons: If elected, she didn’t want to be tied to Obama’s left-leaning politics in her own 2016 bid. Second, if Obama loses, she would be tarred as a loser.
There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee for 2016.
And, she does need to rest, recharge from a whirlwind duty of keeping Obama’s foreign policy together.
Plus, there is a very good chance that Obama will lose in November and she does not want to go down with the Titanic.
This is a good leak from the Clinton Cabal to make sure everyone knows that Obama did not choose Biden over Hillary, but that Hillary told the President to go pound sand.
Also, she is running in 2016 for the White House – get out of her way.
Matt Drudge is certainly having some fun with today’s Joe Biden/Hillary Clinton White House meeting.
President Barack Obama and his mistake-prone vice president, Joe Biden, are having lunch today, a weekly occurrence that takes on far more significance than usual in the wake of controversy surrounding several of Biden’s recent statements.
While the lunch was probably already scheduled, it’s practically impossible that Biden’s campaign trail remarks will fail to come up given the clamor they have provoked. There is even a growing chorus of suggestions – mainly from Republicans – that Biden is not up to the job and should be replaced on the ticket.
The session could easily end up a trip to the woodshed for Biden or, though it’s unlikely, something far worse.
Biden this week suggested that Gov. Mitt Romney would put African Americans back chains and, in a separate appearance, indicated that we are all still living in the 20th century. The statements are just the latest in a series of mistakes – assuming the comment about African Americans was unscripted – in the past few months that have raised concerns about Biden.
Making the switch to Hillary would energize the Democratic Party and would be better for Obama’s re-election chances in some of the key battleground states. But, does Hillary want the job, especially since should Obama lose in 2012, she would be come the presumptive nominee in 2016?
Team Obama is undoubtedly nervous about Biden’s gaffes and whether “Slow” Joe is up to the task as he approaches 70.
How the President will frame the Biden scolding delicately, may be a challenge.
Chris, isn’t it obvious that President Obama has NO foreign policy and is phoning it in?
All Hillary Clinton does is put out fires from region to region and country to country. Also, why do you think she is leaving after Obama’s first term?
Hillary is worn out….