I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
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Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a significant lead over Bernie Sanders in the latest Iowa poll from Quinnipiac. With Vice President Joe Biden taken out of the equation, Clinton now has an 11-point lead over Sanders, 51 percent to 40 percent.
This compares to results of a September 10 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University showing Sanders at 41 percent, with Clinton at 40 percent.
Today, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets 4 percent of Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants, with no other candidate even scoring 1 percent and 4 percent undecided.
So I guess Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee leaving the race won’t produce any kind of big shake-up in the results of the next poll …
In a poll released September 10, Sanders had led Clinton by 41 percent to 40 percent, so Clinton’s lead now does not come at Sanders’ expense. Rather, the fact that Quinnipiac
Random thoughts on yesterday’s riveting show:
The Benghazi Committee’s big show is over, and Republicans made it clearer than ever that their interest is not in investigating what happened in Benghazi but in damaging Hillary Clinton. With Republicans having tried and failed to make Clinton snap or otherwise publicly humiliate her, what’s left for Democrats to do on the committee?
Democrats have said they agreed to join the committee to be in the room and know what Republicans are up to, and clearly on Thursday, they at times provided more aggressive pushback to Republican efforts at prosecuting Clinton than Clinton herself could engage in. But broadly speaking, we know what Republicans are up to. We know that Democrats won’t be able to get key documents made public, as Republicans will block any efforts at transparency. So far, Democrats aren’t saying what they plan to do:
It was a grueling session that spanned more than 11 hours, and boy howdy, it was worth it. Because when asked what new details had emerged from Hillary Clinton’s marathon grilling, Republican Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said:
“Uh … In terms of her testimony? I don’t know that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified.”
Kaboom! Totally worth the $4.5 million of taxpayer money the committee has spent (so far).
Today Rep. Trey Gowdy’s ongoing Benghazi investigation finally, at long last, reached a much-planned for day of questioning Hillary Clinton. Some highlights and lowlights from the long, long day.
If Republicans are trying to get Hillary Clinton to lose her cool, they’re failing. Some people involved in the Benghazi Committee hearing with Clinton are losing their cool, though: Republicans. By shouting and interrupting, people like Jim Jordan and Peter Roskam may have ensured that they would make the highlight clips of this long, long hearing, but … is that really what they wanted, to be shown yelling and ranting at a woman who’s admirably keeping her cool and answering their questions?
You can watch a live stream of the hearing here.
4:52 PM PT: Jim Jordan wants to talk about Clinton’s emails, to the point where some Democrat off-screen (Adam Smith, I think) breaks in and
Ooh, it’s wonderful seeing conservatives deflate as the committee hearing goes on.
Why doesn’t Pompeo just go over and swear her in for president now–if he goes on like this he’ll practically get her elected
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 22, 2015
Ever since the McCarthy gaffe, everything has worked out for Hillary (debate, Biden, & now this hearing). She even seems more likable now.
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) October 22, 2015
Hillary = Lucy
GOP = Charlie Brown
Except the football is a grenade and Charlie Brown wrestles until he grabs it, unpins, and swallows it.
— Michael B Dougherty (@michaelbd) October 22, 2015
More schadenfreude below.
Two rounds of questions down, up to two rounds to go. What exactly are we going to learn in the final two rounds of questions? It’s a valid question, but consider how little we’ve learned through the first two. Are Republicans really saving their bombshell questions for the end of the day?
Here’s hoping they conclude that going all the way to four rounds of questions is to no one’s benefit and cut things short. Because frankly, the chance that Clinton will get tired and gaffe is probably smaller than the chance that one of the Republicans will get tired and gaffe.
You can watch a live stream of the hearing here.
3:35 PM PT (Barbara Morrill): Roskam has a theory. That Clinton took
We finally find out why the Republicans on the Benghazi committee have refused to release the entire transcript of Sidney Blumenthal’s testimony. Thank you, Rep. Adam Schiff of California. Congressman Schiff gave us a look at what he called “Sidney Blumenthal by the numbers,” and it’s clear the GOP doesn’t want the American public to know what they asked Blumenthal about—because it had nothing to do with the actual Benghazi attacks.
Here’s what mattered to their investigation:
•On Blumenthal’s alleged business activities in Libya: more than 270 questions
•On Blumenthal’s relationship with Clinton: more than 160 questions
•On the Clinton Foundation: more than 50 questions
•On David Brock/Media Matters: more than 45 questions
Here’s what didn’t matter:
•On the Benghazi attacks: less than 20 questions
•On security in Benghazi: only 4 questions
•On the U.S. presence in Benghazi: 0 (zip, nada) questions
•On Ambassador Stevens
The Benghazi Committee Republicans have been trying all day, through around five hours of testimony, to produce a damning viral-quality clip to use against Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign. Though they’ve produced plenty to make their base happy, they have yet to come up with anything that’s likely to broaden the appeal of their anti-Clinton argument. Instead, Clinton has been widely televised speaking emotionally about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi—again, nothing likely to sway her committed haters, but a good set of images to have showing up on the news.
Going into this, Republicans needed to show that the Benghazi Committee is not partisan and is seeking the truth rather than targeting Hillary Clinton. They don’t seem likely to have convinced many people of that. But they seem determined to ratchet up their questioning in hopes of getting Clinton to lose her cool. That could make the
Actual line of questions asked by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS).
Clinton’s responses: Stevens had a 24-hour State Department hotline and could have reached her through that at any time if needed. He had the State Department fax number. No, he didn’t have her home address and, that being the case, had not stopped by.
Pompeo clearly thinks the fact that Blumenthal had these pieces of information is some kind of ace in the hole. But Stevens was an employee of the massive government department Clinton headed. Blumenthal was a family friend of decades. Pompeo did not win this exchange, let’s
Somehow, it goes on. Hours of testimony, nothing significant learned, and it goes on. Republicans have not gotten the kind of gaffe they wanted out of Clinton, and they will keep trying. If they can’t get that, they’ll settle for clips of themselves blustering enough to keep their base from being angry that they didn’t attack Clinton hard enough.
Throughout, Clinton has been a marked contrast to the committee members of both parties, as she has repeatedly become emotional in talking about Ambassador Chris Stevens. It’s a somber, personal tone that has been completely absent in, for instance, the occasional moments when Gowdy has remembered to stop acting as a prosecutor and pretend that these proceedings are about honoring the lives lost.
You can watch a live stream of the hearing here.
Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony has gone on for three and a half hours so far and, at the break, most of the cable news talking heads seemed to feel Clinton had acquitted herself well while the committee Republicans needed to up their game. Unfortunately for the Republicans’ chances at coming out of this looking good, immediately before the break Chair Trey Gowdy promised much, much more talk about Sidney Blumenthal. Because talking endlessly about a guy who didn’t work for the Obama administration and who most people outside of D.C. political circles have never heard of is super accessible and likely to convince undecided listeners that the Republicans have a strong point!
Republicans keep insisting that they’re not carrying out a prosecution and then acting as prosecutors, which is a bad look on them particularly given House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s admission that the committee’s aim is to attack
The most gripping video of the first three-and-a-half hours of Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the Benghazi committee came when the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, challenged GOP committee chairman Trey Gowdy to do a very simple thing: release the entire transcript of Sidney Blumenthal’s Benghazi testimony to the public.
Cummings: “I move that we put into the record the entire transcript of Sidney Blumenthal—(if) we’re going to release the emails, let’s do the transcript. That way, the world can see it!”
Gowdy: “Well, we’re not going to take that up at a hearing, we’ll take up… (cross talk) Why is it that you only want Mr. Blumenthal’s released?”
Cummings: “I want all of them released.” (There’s 54 in total.)
It goes on… dramatically. We still don’t know exactly why the Republicans are so obsessed with Sidney Blumenthal and the fact that he sent
Hillary Clinton has made it through one round of Benghazi questioning in which about what you’d expect to happen has happened: Republicans have barraged her with conspiracy theories and nitpicky questions about wording and emails from people who didn’t work directly for her. Democrats have pushed back against Republican framing and pointed out the massive contradictions in Republican claims.
Chair Trey Gowdy has insisted that this is not a prosecution, while blatantly acting as a prosecutor.
Clinton herself has remained calm, administered the occasional slapdown, and patiently reminded people that she didn’t conduct most of her business through email.
And we’ve learned nothing new of any substance. And it will continue for hours.
10:17 AM PT (Barbara Morrill): Cummings’ demands that the entire transcript of Sidney Blumenthal be released. Gowdy says we’ll do it later, Cummings says the rules allow for a vote right now. Getting heated here.
We’re now into the third hour of the Republican-led “investigation” of the
attack in Benghazi in 2012 Kill-Hill waste of time and money currently underway on Capitol Hill.
You can watch a live stream of the hearing here
9:32 AM PT (Kerry Eleveld): GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo thinks he has Clinton cornered, suggesting that members of Clinton’s “team” had met with Al Qaeda operatives in Benghazi shortly before the attacks. Clinton says she was aware of no such meetings. Pompeo calls it “deeply disturbing.” Clinton says, “I’m sorry, which ‘team’ is this?” Pompeo: “We don’t know exactly who… I don’t know which one.” Basically Pompeo’s got nothing. Clinton, unfazed, says she has no idea to whom he’s referring. Pompeo yields back his time, after getting quite possibly the biggest slap down yet.
Chair Trey Gowdy, ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings, and Hillary Clinton have given their opening statements and questions have begun.
Gowdy’s opening was simultaneously defensive and prosecutorial and thoroughly political beginning to end, while being almost entirely about how non-political the committee’s investigation is. Cummings dismantled Gowdy’s claims to non-partisanship, which wasn’t hard to do. And Clinton put herself largely above the political fray, opening by speaking about those who died in Benghazi and making the case for American diplomacy despite the risks that diplomats have long faced and will continue to face.
As questioning begins, Rep. Peter Roskam stops and points out each time Clinton’s staff hands her a note. Clearly he thinks there are points to be scored here, though exactly what that might be is not clear, especially since Clinton remains poised and courteous in response to his bizarre behavior.
You can watch a live stream of the
The day House Republicans have been building up to for months is finally here: Hillary Clinton is testifying before the Benghazi Committee that aims to destroy her. But where the Republicans expected to go into this moment with glee in their hearts as they got closer to their goal, things haven’t worked out quite the way they expected.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy kicked off their problems by saying that “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable right? But we put together a Benghazi Special Committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.” And then, lo and behold, the media started noticing that Chair Trey Gowdy’s had been on a partisan mission all along, leading to “among the worst weeks of my life” for Gowdy. Some in the media even started directly calling out Republican Benghazi lies.
And so by Clinton Testimony Day, three in
Today’s the big day! Hillary Clinton will testify at the Republican-led hearing to determine
what really happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that the seven prior investigations into the Benghazi attack didn’t do enough to drive down Clinton’s poll numbers.
Yes, it’s almost time for Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy’s close-up. Gowdy will take the day off from fundraising off of the tragedy that took four American lives so he can continue to waste millions on his witch hunt that, by the way, three out of four Americans recognize as being politically motivated.
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 AM ET and could “easily last until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.,” so get your popcorn ready, it’s going to be a long day.