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Secretary of State Clinton tangled with the preening Republican arseholes in the Senate this morning and is right now confronting the unhinged yahoos in the House. I thought she was terrific this morning, from what I saw.

However, I think Steve M at No More Mr. Nice Blog has it right when he notes that, while we lefties perceived Madam Secretary deftly catching her interrogators’ self-serving slings and arrows and hurling them squarely back at her inquisitors’ junk, the right isn’t watching the same show. In response to Senator Johnson’s obsession with Ambassador Rice’s Sunday morning talk show talking points, Secretary Clinton said:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said. “Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. The fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information.”

Steve observes that the wingnuts have already pounced on the quote: “What difference does it make?” and notes:

They have what they want: a soundbite they can rip from context and use as a cudgel to beat the administration and Secretary Clinton with. I’m not sure if they really expect their efforts to color mainstream coverage of this story, but it’s clear that that’s what they’re hoping. They have a new “you didn’t build that,” a new “spread the wealth around,” and they’re going to wring everything they can out of it.

He’s right, I’m sure. But I’m betting they’ll meet with similar levels of success with their latest chew-toy. Which is to say, zero outside the wingnut echo chamber. Please proceed, Governor.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 01/23/13 at 02:14 PM • Permalink

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I agree with you.  Anybody who heard Gedoffamylawn McCranky snarling at her and implying that she was a liar or the tribble wearing shoddy opthamologist, Rand Paul telling her what cables she should read and that if it was up to him he’d of fired her ass not to mention all the other guff she took from those assholes and still maintained her composure would be completely on Hillary’s side.  She’s much, much more popular than those jerks.

preening Republican arsehole

This should be the descriptor before every republican name.

Also, too, as far as using this as a cudgel, Hillary is retiring just as soon as Kerry is confirmed and even if she does run for president in 2016 nobody is going to remember this sound bite or even care.  And with a little luck McCranky & his cohorts will all be disabled from strokes brought on by their non-stop rage machines.

It’s lovely watching Hilz with the freedom to speak like a woman not currently holding elected office.  I could watch her snatching the nuts off of pseudo-scandal-humping Teatards all day.

I could watch her snatching the nuts off of pseudo-scandal-humping Teatards all day.

Hear, hear! Love her new glasses too.

Mildly disconcerting to watch the Ds with their “farewell victory tour thank you Madame Secretary” interspersed with the Rs channeling Sean Hannity. A person could get whiplash.

Hillary was very good at ‘splainin stuff though.  I think I actually learned something about how the State Dept works internally.

and Susan Rice really got screwed on this whole deal.

I saw a few moments of statements by Rand Paul and Old Man Mc Cain, and frankly, they should both go fuck themselves.

I know the PUMA thing is old news, but I continue to hear (mainly on Facebook) from a few former PUMA members who claim to still love Hillary Clinton, but detest the Democratic Party in general and progressives in particular (for some reason these few PUMA seem to still like me). How do they reconcile today’s grotesque display? Whose side are they on now?

I’m sure everyone noticed that part of what Rand Paul asked her was something purely nuts about a secret CIA gun-running operation to Turkey?  Her response was kind of like “Hey, I don’t even run the CIA.”

Me, I’d have been like, “Oh—know exactly what you’re talking about because of the flouride-powered bug we had installed in your back teeth—we’ve been reading your mind for some time, Senator. And confidentially, all those guns are going right back here to the States where they’re desperately needed, by our nation’s weather people.”

The end.

Great question, Brad (and I hope you are well, my friend). I think for many of those folks, hatred of Obama will trump love for Clinton. But maybe we’ll get a chance to find out. From what I saw today, I hope she runs. I’d work my ass off for her.

I’m sure everyone noticed that part of what Rand Paul asked her was something purely nuts about a secret CIA gun-running operation to Turkey?  Her response was kind of like “Hey, I don’t even run the CIA.”

Yeah, that was totally weird.  She looked at him like he was totally insane when she responded “Turkey??  If anything was actually going on you have to think she’d at least have heard stuff through the grapevine so it’s a good bet this is just another Fast & Furious, wingnuttia conspiracy theory.  What’s really scary is this guy seems to be telegraphing a presidential run in 2016.  And we thought the 2012 Repub field was a bunch of wackaloons. . . .

What’s really scary hysterical is this guy seems to be telegraphing a presidential run in 2016.

FIFM

And we thought the 2012 Repub field was a bunch of wackaloons. . . .

The motto of the Republican presidential field has been, at least since 1992, “It Can Only Get Worse.”

Holy Crap! It just hit me that this wasn’t just a cspan clown show, this was the fucking House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees!

Holy Crap! It just hit me that this wasn’t just a cspan clown show, this was the fucking House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees!

And they’ll have fun fun fun ‘till their daddy takes the T’Bird away!

Yeah, that was totally weird.  She looked at him like he was totally insane when she responded “Turkey??  If anything was actually going on you have to think she’d at least have heard stuff through the grapevine so it’s a good bet this is just another Fast & Furious, wingnuttia conspiracy theory.

Some guy tried to troll Thom Hartmann with this- the theory is that the State Department and the Libyan government are confiscating guns in Libya and selling them to Turkey as a dry run for major U.S. gun confiscations.

Everything they do is ringed about with fantasy.

Some guy tried to troll Thom Hartmann with this- the theory is that the State Department and the Libyan government are confiscating guns in Libya and selling them to Turkey as a dry run for major U.S. gun confiscations.

Ahh.  Then it makes perfect sense that Rand Paul would be the one to bring it up.

Betty, to my questions “How do they reconcile today’s grotesque display?” and “Whose side are they on now?” I just woke up to the following answer by way of a FB post.

Watching that White House Approved fiasco was painful and her attitude of annoyance, arrogance & disingenuousness while she plowed through her book of pre-approved answers to pre-approved questions showed what I now believe to be her true nature. When I first heard rumblings of that unattractive aspect of her personality I was shocked, although I had no reason to distrust the source. Now I know that they did speak the truth. She is not out to serve our country. She is out to serve her own interests and wil lie cheat & obfuscate to do it. I was embarrassed for her. Her capitulation & collusion with the Resident was the tip off and this callous, rehearsed fiasco was the clincher. I simply cannot support an abject, ruthless, elitist liar.

No names, of course. This person is a friend of mine. She was profoundly supportive of me when Lorenda died. All the more reason, then, that when I saw this post of hers, I literally felt sick to my stomach. I responded to her with two words: “I’m speechless.”

And so I am.

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