CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 21, 2015 – The second Democratic debate takes place Thursday, only this time it will be soliloquy. The stakes will be high for Hillary Clinton when she appears before Trey Gowdy’s House Select Committee on Benghazi because she has a far different task in front of her than she had during previous testimonies.
Hillary’s supporting cast is out in large numbers doing everything possible to obfuscate the meat of her Thursday comments. Daughter Chelsea appeared on CBS’s “This Morning” Monday under the guise of promoting her new children’s book, “It’s Your World.” During the conversation, the former first daughter opined her mother’s appearance will be “remarkable.”
This time around the noose gets a bit tighter for Ms. Clinton for several reasons. First, if she uses her favorite tactic from the past of “I don’t recall” or “I can’t remember,” it will severely enhance her image of being less than forthright in matters of trustworthiness.
Second, there will be no place for Hillary to hide behind phony accents and inane rhetoric designed to sugar- coat her true personality.
Even if committee members go soft on the former secretary of state, Gowdy himself is a no-nonsense guy who has made an honest effort to get at the truth of the Benghazi attack.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh answered detractors on Monday who used the “blame George Bush for 9/11” strategy to detract from Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s inept handling of the Libyan incident.
The problem for Clinton is not that George Bush could be blamed for 9/11 due to his policies, thereby theoretically clearing her for similar mistakes with Benghazi, but the way in which she and the president handled the aftermath of the attack.
Even if the blame game approach was valid, which it is not for many reasons, it was the attempt to cover it up because neither Clinton nor Obama was “on the job” and “prepared to take the red phone call in the middle of the night.”
Clinton was attempting to save face; Obama was running for re-election.
Adding further dishonesty to the attack was the insincere, blatant arrogance with which the president and his secretary of state dealt with the families of the victims. Not only did they tell the families to their faces they would not rest until the attackers were brought to justice, but they also continued the excuse that the event was the result of an obscure YouTube video.
That is where the disparity lies. Clinton, Obama and Bush will have a difficult time juggling her explanations to the committee while attempting to appear presidential, likable and forthcoming at the same time.
No longer will she be able to blurt out statements such as “At this point what difference does it make?” without damaging her presidential credentials.
It’s a balancing act in which the Clintons have been masters their entire political careers, but this time the American public is more savvy and will likely be paying more attention.
Said Chelsea on her network television appearance, “I think every opportunity my mom has, she proves again and again why she should be our next president. I know I’m very biased, and I actually think I’m even more biased now as a mom than as a daughter because I feel like I have a different stake in the future because of my daughter, Charlotte. And so, I have no doubt on Thursday she will be remarkable and that Americans will really see why I so strongly believe that she should be our next president.”
At least Chelsea got the “biased” aspect of her comments correct. Why shouldn’t she? It would only be news if she had said the opposite.
As for Hillary Clinton’s proving herself again and again, everyone with any sense of truth knows that she has, indeed, demonstrated she is as dishonest as the day is long, and, given four years in the White House, each new day will present a different scandal.
If presidential offspring are off-limits when they are growing up in the White House, they should also be taken with a grain of salt when they leave those halls of privilege. After all, their lives are so far from reality that there is no way possible they can relate to the common man.
Thursday’s hearings should be compelling television. And, in the end, they may even be more telling than the so-called debates will ever be.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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