Republicans Are Absolutely Terrified of Hillary Clinton

hillaryI’ve seen a lot of political ridiculousness in my lifetime, but this Benghazi obsession by the right-wing media is some kind of next-level insanity.

But it’s not just their media—in January, Rand Paul called Benghazi the “worst tragedy since 9/11.”

No, seriously, he said that.

Personally, I’d say the over 4,000 American deaths in Iraq, a war which produced exactly zero WMD’s and had nothing to do with the attack on September 11, 2001, would be considered a worse tragedy.

But that’s how pathetic many conservatives have acted when it comes to the terrorist attack in Benghazi.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to diminish life. Whenever somebody dies at the hands of a terrorist, it’s a tragic event. However, for the party which started 2 wars (sending thousands to their deaths) to seem disgusted and appalled because 4 Americans died in Libya—give me a break.

Especially when the vast majority of these people couldn’t care less about those who died in Benghazi.  Hell, they re-elected Bush in 2004—how many Americans had died in Afghanistan and Iraq by then?  I promise you a few more than 4.

They also seem to completely ignore the fact that American embassies suffered 11 different attacks while Bush was President—again, the same man many of them voted for twice.

But their “outrage” over Benghazi has nothing to do with the deaths of 4 Americans and everything to do with the fact Republicans are terrified of Hillary Clinton.  Somewhere in the back channels of the political world, the “talk” must be pretty definitive about Hillary and her plans to run for President in 2016.

And Republicans are flipping right the hell out.

See, Republicans did all they could to try and sabotage President Obama to get him out of the White House in 2012.  This, of course, failed miserably.  Their only recourse to this defeat was, “Well, we’ve got 2016.”

But let me break this down very simply; Hillary Clinton is popular—very popular.  How popular, you ask?  According to Gallup, she’s more popular than both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

So, if Republicans got crushed by President Obama (someone who’s seen less favorably than Hillary Clinton) just how in the hell do you think they’ll do against her in 2016?

They know they stand absolutely zero chance at beating her.  That’s why they’re trying to make Benghazi into some giant conspiracy where she’s painted as the one who was incompetent.  It’s the only thing they have that might be able to put some kind of dent in her armor.

They’re absolutely terrified, and it’s hilarious.  Even a friend of mine who doesn’t really follow politics at all (but does watch the news) said yesterday, “What is with Fox News and Republicans trying to create some huge thing about Benghazi?  I don’t even follow politics and you can tell the only reason they care is because they know Hillary is probably running in 2016.”  I just laughed and thanked him for being a great example to support my theory.

A guy with no political affiliation whatsoever, who doesn’t really follow politics (he’s novice at best), sat there and pinpointed exactly what the right-wing media has been doing with Benghazi.  He identified exactly what is going on, with absolutely no bias at all in his political ideology—because he has none.

He’s the one who posed the question to me, “Are Republicans really that terrified of Hillary Clinton?”

And the answer is, yes—very much so.

They have such an overwhelming fear of Hillary Clinton running for President that Karl Rove and friends have begun running anti-Clinton ads for the 2016 presidential election, in 2013. I never thought I’d see an entire political party so afraid of just one person.

And that’s why Republicans just need to admit that they don’t care about Benghazi—they’re just absolutely terrified of Hillary Clinton.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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