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January 23, 2013

Hillary and the Big Bad Benghazi Wolves of Congress

By Rob Kall

my take on Hillary's testimony on Bengazi today-- and her 2016 potential


image from House of Reps feed, shown on MSNBC

I'm not a huge fan of Hillary, but she has comported herself admirably in dealing with a crew of GOP senate jackals nipping at her heels.  Rand Paul was particularly cretinish, auditioning for a Dr. Seuss book, saying, "If I were the president-- I'd fire you" to Hillary, and suggesting that her retirement was an admission of her failure. As the TV ad with the baby says-- "What a pantsload."

As I write, Hillary is addressing the house committee, which I expect to be far worse-- but, based on the way Hillary handled McCain, Paul and others, I expect them to be more mosquitos than jackals. 

If the GOP hoped to squash her hopes for running for president in 2016, they clearly failed. She acquitted herself in a way that shows she's smart, strong and very presidential. As I said, I'm not a fan, but Hillary is facing what could have been her Waterloo and turning it into a visit to the water fountain. 

I must say that I've never seen such a collection of vapid smilers as I have the GOP questioners who, for the most part, start off with fake niceties, with the intention of eviscerating her with their brilliant interviews. Entertaining, humorous, but certainly they've failed to even show signs of substantive thinking. 

It's fun to see the wet-dream fantasy of the right wingers-- confronting Hillary with all their Bengazi conspiracy theory froth and floridity, only to see her calmly drain their spleens, etc, leaving them limp-- jawed and impotent. 

Not surprisingly, the Democrats are fawning shamelessly over her. 

I have a feeling that overall, the right, which initiated what they'd hoped would be a roast, will be hurt by this, and the Democrats, if they can overcome their propensity to f*ck up royally, will be able to gain advantage from this. 

In four years, 2016, I want a woman to be elected to be the next president. Clinton is more conservative than I'd like, but if she runs and wins, it is clear she has the smarts and experience to do a more than competent job. The question, of course, is WHO she will be competent on behalf of-- the 99% or the one percent and the banksters, as it seems Obama has performed.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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