I used to dislike Hilary Clinton — a lot — when her husband Bill was president. She seemed somehow shady — no real reason. Maybe I just liked Bill so much, I thought she would drag him down.
Obviously, I made an unfair judgment; I watched with fascination as Hilary ran for and won her New York Senate seat, in which she served from January 3, 2001 to January 21, 2009. During that time, Senator Clinton assisted in building a progressive infrastructure within the Senate, and served on or chaired several different Senate Committees.
At the beginning of President Obama’s first term, Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State by a 94-2 vote in the Senate. During the four years of Obama’s first term, Secretary Clinton traveled extensively, promoting and enforcing the foreign policy of the President. Her service as Secretary of State is generally described as excellent; she is recognized by many as a consummate diplomat, while maintaining the authority of her position.
Today, January 23, 2013, Secretary Clinton testified before Senate and House committees about the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Republicans were quite obvious in their desire to lay the fault for the incident at Clinton’s feet. One criticism by Republican committee members involved the confusing release of information about the incident in the days following. Clinton, poised and comfortable before the committees, reiterated her position that information released was based in the best information available at the time.
But Hilary’s response to Senator Ron Johnson’s criticism of the inaccurate information released about the incident won my vote for her in 2016, and my hope that she will run for president. To Sen. Johnson, she said,
“We had four dead Americans!… Whether it was attack preplanned by terrorists or it because of a guy out for a walk one night .. what difference does it make?”
Yay, Hilary! This particular exchange demonstrates that Sec. Clinton will a.) brook no attempts to draw the hearing away from the important point, and b.) certainly act presidential. She is unafraid, dedicated, serious, accepts responsibility, stays focused in the face of badgering, and then shuts the Senator down with a very few words indeed.
I am now a Hilary supporter — she has my vote if she runs, and if she doesn’t run, she’ll receive my encouragement to change her mind. I have never been happier to admit that I was wrong!