Targeting Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
A host of Republicans on both committees filled the official record with direct or inferential attacks on her role, certain to be dusted off and resurrected should she make a second bid for the Oval Office in 2016.
The comment seemed a clear allusion to the Republican tactic in the late presidential campaign of accusing the Obama administration of a cover-up in the Benghazi tragedy, a highlight of the second Obama debate with
But four years is a long time for the Republicans to try to keep alive a political accusation that did not materially take hold against Obama in his unexpectedly comfortable victory over Romney. Nevertheless, it is a now-familiar gambit of conservative Republicans to give continuing life-support to old allegations of Democratic disloyalty or even treason.
Throughout the Cold War, charges of "Who lost
Whatever the lasting political reading on the Benghazi killing of American Ambassador
As for her stature at home, there can be little dispute that she emerges as the most prominent female figure in Democratic politics, a posture that should easily sustain her over the next four years no matter what she chooses to undertake as a private citizen. The odds remain strong, barring some unforeseen circumstance, that she would be the frontrunner going into the 2016 election cycle if that is her intention or wish.
Not the least of her performance as secretary of state, rebounding from her narrow defeat at Barack Obama's hands in the heated 2008 Democratic primaries, has been her apparently seamless folding into the administration of the man who vanquished her. Their partnership appears to have come a long way from the time of Obama's somewhat churlish and condescending debate remark then that she was "likeable enough."
The now-iconic photograph of her in the
For whatever reason, although
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