Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's done being "carefule about what to say." She made the comments at a recent book event associated with her most recently published memoir:
"You've never been shy about your opinions," said former aide Lissa Muscatine, who was interviewing her for the event, "but it does seem to me you are pretty free to speak your mind these days."
"I think that's true," said Clinton. "From some of the reactions that I've had the past few days. I say in the book that maybe it's just the wonderful wealth of experience that I've now had, maybe it is because I am totally done with being really careful about what to say because somebody might think this instead of that. It just gets too exhausting and frustrating. And it just seems a whole lot easier to just put it out there and hope people get used to it, whether you agree with it or not, to know exactly where I'm coming from, what I think, what I feel. I really believe that is missing in both our government dialogue, and of course many of you probably are some how associated in some way with our government, and certainly in our political dialogue. There's so many big issues and I talk about some of them, both internationally and nationally. And I don't think we gain by either shouting matches for finger-pointing or biting one's tongue. I think we really need to have a very open and straightforward conversation and maybe I'm trying to model that. I don't know. But that's how it feels to me. It feels a little bit liberating to me, to be honest"
"And it's great to watch, I have to say. It's nice to see," said the former aide.
"Well," Clinton continued, "you know, there are occasions whenI think people gulp a little, including myself to be fair. But I really want to share the experiences that I've had."
Hillary Clinton is right about Benghazi—or at least she's right about one thing.
According to a story by Maggie Haberman about the Benghazi chapter in Clinton's forthcoming book HardChoices, the former secretary of state contends that some of her critics have badly mischaracterized the now infamous question she asked at a January 23, 2012, congressional hearing: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
At a White House press briefing on May 1, Barack Obama spokesman Jay Carney attempted to frame new reporting on the Benghazi attacks as old news by noting that the attacks had taken place "a long time ago."
Just ten days have passed since he uttered that infelicitous phrase. But it feels like a long time ago.
Fifty years ago, in his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“There were giants in the earth in those days.” The death on December 19 of Robert Bork—superb legal scholar, preeminent constitutional thinker, principled public servant—calls to mind the other giants of American conservatism who have left us in the last decade: Bill Buckley and Irving Kristol, Milton Friedman and James Q. Wilson, Richard John Neuhaus and Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. They were the greatest conservative generation. They rode into the valley of liberal orthodoxies and emerged sometimes triumphant, always unbowed. When can their glory fade? They left our nation stronger and better for their efforts.
In email to supporters, Vice President Joe Biden promises tonight to "tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in." The subject line of Biden's email reads, "My promise to you and Barack tonight."
"I told Barack I have one mission tonight: tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in," writes Vice President Biden. "Our side is always going to win when we do that."
Biden then portrays himself and President Barack Obama as underdogs. He writes, " But, Daniel, take a look at what we're up against this week:"