Thursday, October 22, 2015

Benghazi Hearing Clinton's Best Campaign Ad

So says Jonathan Allen on

In a vacuum, Thursday’s hearing would have been a turning point for Clinton. But it comes on the heels of Joe Biden announcing he won’t run, Clinton nailing her debate performance last week, her regular-Jane turn on Saturday Night Live as Val the bartender, and Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Richard Hanna making clear that the Benghazi investigation was designed to hurt her politically — at a cost of nearly $5 million to American taxpayers.

This has been the best month for any presidential candidate since late 2008, when Barack Obama capitalized on the financial crisis, and John McCain's bumbling reaction to it, to win the White House. The hearing was the capstone. It was the best moment of Clinton's campaign to date and should serve as a reminder to her that she's at her best when she's not on the attack.

Don’t take my word for it. Conservative commentators were disgusted with the failure of the committee’s GOP lawmakers to land a single punch on Clinton. The worst thing she acknowledged was that Ambassador Chris Stevens didn’t go outside the chain of command to email her directly about what was happening in Libya. Strategically, the big error for the GOP is having entangled the email investigation with the Benghazi probe. Because the latter is tainted with partisanship, so, too, is the former.

The kicker may have been conservative writer John Podhoretz tweeting:

"Why doesn't Pompeo just go over and swear her in for president now--if he goes on like this he'll practically get her elected."

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