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Hillary Clinton's Allies Come to Her Rescue Over Benghazi
National Journal ^ | May 10. 2013 | Michael Catalini

Posted on 05/10/2013 11:25:05 AM PDT by Zakeet

Paul Begala says Republican critics are close to wearing 'tin foil hats'. Ann Lewis blames right-wingers. Welcome to the 1990s.

Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton are coming to her defense amid new reports suggesting the State Department, under her stewardship, altered talking points about the attacks in Benghazi to remove references to terrorism and al Qaida.

Democratic strategists and former Clinton aides interviewed about whether the testimony this week from three State Department officials could prove politically damaging blamed right-wing groups for stirring up controversy, even as new information came out suggesting political motivation behind downplaing the terrorist links to the attack. Some of the defenses sounded reminiscent of Clinton’s own famed allegations of a “right-wing conspiracy” in the late-1990s after reports her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

“It will probably help some right-wing organization build their direct mail list,” said former Clinton campaign adviser Ann Lewis. “Do I think it will change what people think about Hillary Clinton? I think at this point the American public has good perspective on who Hillary Clinton is.”

Asked what political advice he would give Clinton if she were running in 2016, longtime Clinton strategist Paul Begala said her testimony to Congress in January serves her well.

"I think the way she has dealt with this has been admirable. And Republicans are treading awfully close to the tin foil hat," said Begala.

The stakes for Clinton are high, if she decides to run for president.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; clinton; hillary; libya; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; scandal; waronterror

Libtard supporters of the World's Smartest Woman think you Right-Wingers are wearing tin foil hats ...

1 posted on 05/10/2013 11:25:05 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
LOL ... Hamnibal is reading the elephants.
2 posted on 05/10/2013 11:27:15 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Zakeet

Big Media will jettison Hillary before allowing their god to be hurt by this.


3 posted on 05/10/2013 11:27:35 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: no-to-illegals

now that is scary LOL ... Hannibal is readying the elephants.


4 posted on 05/10/2013 11:28:16 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Paul, the “Forehead”, Begalla long ago ceased any relevance in the prospect of things. She, Hillary, and Bill used him, abused him and threw him to the wind a long time ago.

Poor fool puppy that he is mistook his masters’ beatings for petting I guess.


5 posted on 05/10/2013 11:30:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Zakeet

Begala and Ann Lewis (Barney Frank’s sistah)....ROTFL.


6 posted on 05/10/2013 11:31:18 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Zakeet

Wow when the Forehead and Lewis crawl out you know it is real war room time. Watch for Lanny Davis to get lots of TV air time soon.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 11:31:33 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Zakeet
Rand Paul Gives It Straight To Hillary: You Are To Blame For Benghazi!
8 posted on 05/10/2013 11:31:54 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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9 posted on 05/10/2013 11:32:04 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Zakeet

From the article:

“That contradicts what White House spokesman Jay Carney has said — that the talking points were drafted almost exclusively by the CIA, a claim that gave cover to both President Obama and Clinton.”

Zero is the boss. The CIA is responsible to him. That certainly makes him culpable....


10 posted on 05/10/2013 11:33:30 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Zakeet
Hillary Clinton's Allies Come to Her Rescue Over Benghazi

I guess I just don't understand it.....is there ANYTHING these people can do that would make their supports speak out and say "WTF, that's just wrong?"

11 posted on 05/10/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: treetopsandroofs

There is a conundrum for the media in all this. Did Herself, the Cold and Joyless, do this all at the behest of the Current Occupant of the White Hut, and therefore was “only following orders” (and what a great defense THAT is, does nobody remember Nuremberg?), or is all this just incompetence on the head of Herself alone?

When does incompetence morph into outright criminal action?


12 posted on 05/10/2013 11:34:33 AM PDT by alloysteel (If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.)
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To: Zakeet

has Lanny or what ever his name is davis been on air yet?

Every time a Clinton has trouble he;s out there giving talking points like a good little soldier


13 posted on 05/10/2013 11:35:24 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: illiac

Well put the Piginapantssuit under oath and her testify instead of just a conversation! After I saw where she was on the phone @ 2:am with and eyewitness!


14 posted on 05/10/2013 11:35:27 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Gaffer

LOL and true too.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Zakeet

Hey supporters of either of these two; see ya on the trains to hell with the rest of us. Read your history. They will need to rid themselves of you as well. Regimes do this. Don’t fool yourself into believing you are important enough to be on a magic list. You aren’t. The fun thing about a regime and these people or whoever in a regime replaces them can get rid of you on a whim. They don’t need you. They just need to fool you like they are.


16 posted on 05/10/2013 11:36:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve already heard “Right Wing Conspiracy” numerous times since she lied......

Admitted Lies

Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (She was in bed watching it on TV.)
Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. (She admitted she was wrong. He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her birth.)
She was under sniper fire in Bosnia. (A girl presented her with flowers at the foot of the ramp.)
She learned in The Wall Street Journal how to make a killing in the futures market. (It didn’t cover the market back then.)

Whoppers She Won’t Confess To

She didn’t know about the FALN pardons.
She didn’t know that her brothers were being paid to get pardons that Clinton granted.
Taking the White House gifts was a clerical error.
She didn’t know that her staff would fire the travel office staff after she told them to do so.
She didn’t know that the Peter Paul fundraiser in Hollywood in 2000 cost $700,000 more than she reported it had.
She opposed NAFTA at the time.
She was instrumental in the Irish peace process.
She urged Bill to intervene in Rwanda.
She played a role in the ‘90s economic recovery.
The billing records showed up on their own.
She thought Bill was innocent when the Monica scandal broke.
She was always a Yankees fan.
She had nothing to do with the New Square Hasidic pardons (after they voted for her 1,400-12 and she attended a meeting at the White House about the pardons).
She negotiated for the release of refugees in Macedonia (who were released the day before she got there).


17 posted on 05/10/2013 11:37:01 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

Poor Hillary, shes the real victim here, its those viscous Republicans... and the sequester


18 posted on 05/10/2013 11:39:58 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
Why would they rescue hillary who refused to protect or rescue Chris Stevens?

Dumb question, I know.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

19 posted on 05/10/2013 11:41:23 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Zakeet
— Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 23, 2013:

“I wasn’t involved in the talking points process.... As I understand it, as I’ve been told, it was a typical interagency process where staff, including from the State Department, all participated, to try to come up with whatever was going to be made publicly available, and it was an intelligence product.”

“With all due respect,the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”—Hillary Clinton


20 posted on 05/10/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ('How empty and dead' were they to let Chris Stevens, one of them , die for 'Obama-Clinton fiction?')
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To: treetopsandroofs

Dems who matter are using this to get Hillary out of the way.

She’s too white, too old and too corporate for 2016 in their view.


21 posted on 05/10/2013 11:46:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zakeet; onyx
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22 posted on 05/10/2013 11:46:17 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Zakeet

Lest we forget there is no love loss between the president and the Clintons. Their two factions are fighting for control of the Democratic Party and it looks like the media can no longer cover up this fiasco so someone is going to be thrown under the bus.


23 posted on 05/10/2013 11:49:19 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: rod1

their comebacks in 2016 are at risk......panic has set in.


24 posted on 05/10/2013 11:52:30 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: alloysteel
HRC has been able to avoid being held accountable for an untold number of scandals. Maybe she thinks she's invincible and that she can lie her way out of any situation.

I think her time of evading the snare is about up.

25 posted on 05/10/2013 11:59:44 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Zakeet

She doesn’t know the difference between a terrorist attack and a protest or “just some guys out walking around who decided to kill some Americans” and she wants to be president. I didn’t think America good go any lower than Barry Benghazi but I guess I was wrong.


26 posted on 05/10/2013 12:05:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Zakeet
That contradicts what White House spokesman Jay Carney has said -- that the talking points were drafted almost exclusively by the CIA, a claim that gave cover to both President Obama and Clinton.

Democrats should agree that it is time to get hearings together to go after these rogue CIA agents that put out false reports. I want them to explain why they put out these talking points without any input from State or the White House.

27 posted on 05/10/2013 12:17:29 PM PDT by Starstruck (Don't rest. We came close to the 2nd Amendment being field tested.)
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To: Zakeet
“Do I think it will change what people think about Hillary Clinton? I think at this point the American public has good perspective on who Hillary Clinton is.”

Save that quote! It will make a perfect caption for dozens of different campaign ads.

28 posted on 05/10/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: DanielRedfoot

Thick,slimy, mucoid Republicans?


29 posted on 05/10/2013 12:32:00 PM PDT by doberville
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To: Zakeet

They’re getting the band back together . . .


30 posted on 05/10/2013 12:32:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Zakeet

Paul Begala says Republican critics are close to wearing ‘tin foil hats’.

The only avenue left to these extreme left-wingers. The facts can not be ignored and the American people know them and are pissed.
1. 4 Americans were slaughtered.
2. The Obama administration did not do enough to prevent that possibility.
3. Once under attack, the Obama administration lied about what was happening and did not do everything possible to rescue the under siege Americans.


31 posted on 05/10/2013 12:57:31 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Zakeet

“Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton are coming to her defense amid new reports suggesting the State Department, under her stewardship, altered talking points about the attacks in Benghazi to remove references to terrorism and al Qaida.”

Why do I have this sudden urge to pull out a can of Raid! Or, get a Roach Motel!

Feels like the late nineties again.


32 posted on 05/10/2013 2:02:09 PM PDT by Hayzo
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Zakeet.

Hillary is playing the role of Monica’s dress.


33 posted on 05/11/2013 6:29:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hillary is playing the role of Monica’s dress.

That's a great line...

34 posted on 05/11/2013 7:58:21 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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