During a full day of grilling and questioning, Hillary responded knowledgeably, patiently and forcefully to both friendly and hostile senators and members of Congress. Democrats thanked her for her service and slyly alluded to her expected run for the presidency in 2016.
Republicans, on the other hand, attempted to discredit her preemptively. They snidely referred to her recent health problems following her fall. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) did that and more: he also placed blame for the four American lives lost at Benghazi squarely on her shoulders and imputed her retirement from the prime post in the president’s cabinet as an admission of “culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.” To ensure that no one would mistake his accusation for a rhetorical flourish, he added, “And I really mean that.”
Have you no shame, sir? Are you so in awe of Clinton’s ability and power that you are impelled to begin the smear four years before her putative candidacy? How low can you go?
Actually, Paul went even lower. “Had I been president at the time,” he said arrogantly, “I would have relieved you of your post.” Seating himself in the Oval Office and arrogating to himself presidential authority, the junior senator revealed that his ambition and grandiosity know no bounds.